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Indiana University

About Us

We assist in the coordination of teaching, research, and outreach activities related to East Asia. Established in 1979, the center links the expertise of Indiana University’s East Asian area specialists to the needs of business, education, and government.

The East Asian Studies Center has been designated a Comprehensive National Resource Center for the Study of East Asia by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The consortium brings together the largest East Asia faculty concentration in the Midwest and is recognized for strengths in the teaching of East Asia and East Asian languages as well as outreach to K-12 teachers, business, and community.

We are the winner of the prestigious 2005 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education in the Higher Education category, along with two other programs at Indiana University that were selected from nearly 500 educational institutions and media and technology organizations. The award included a commendation from Vivien Stewart, the vice president of education for the Asia Society, for “extraordinary K-12 outreach and commitment to internationalizing pre- and in-service teacher training” and cited in particular our two flagship outreach programs, the Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia seminars.

Mission

We are a nexus of knowledge on East Asia. The center strives to build networks of knowledge, practice, resources, and discovery that enhance understanding of East Asia locally, regionally, and nationally by:

  • supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching;
  • linking academic resources with K-12, business, and professional communities;
  • investing in innovative scholarship and courses;
  • coordinating conferences and workshops;
  • educating K-12 teachers; and
  • fostering dialogue among scholars, students, practitioners, and policy makers.