Asian Studies Program

In the Asian Century, the task of understanding the region is vital to the future. Obtaining insight into Asia relies on gaining a foundation in the major civilizational traditions, as well as in the issues of contemporary culture and society. The Asian Studies program, taught by members of the departments of Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, Indian Subcontinental and Buddhist Studies, introduces and identifes major cultural, historical, social and political trends and issues: ethnicity and the movement of peoples; the major religions and belief systems; the economic and political relationships between Asia and other parts of the world; major political and social developments and movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and their effects, such as nationalism, revolution, military rule and democracy; and popular culture, including topics such as manga and K-Pop.