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Asian Studies



Jin ParkJin Park
Program Director

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Korean Garden on the Jeju island by Richard Fabi.

Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program whose curriculum combines a variety of courses offered by different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and also courses from other schools at AU including the School of International Service. Faculty members teaching courses in the Asian Studies Program are from different American University schools and departments.

The BA degree in Asian Studies aims to understand Asia in a dynamic global context. It will enhance students’ understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics by enabling students to engage with an extensive and intensive study of Asia in the past and present. Students majoring in Asian Studies explore the societies of East and South Asia and their global ramifications. The program offers a lively academic study of Asia through interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, international exchange programs, and study abroad.

Recent Jin Park Book Publication

Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop
Author: Kim Iryop; Translator: Park, Jin Y., March 2014

Publications & Research Resources

USF Call for Applications: Visiting Scholar Program

The University of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim calls for applications for its new Visiting Scholar program. The program is designed for domestic and international Visiting Scholars who wish to be in residence for 3-6 months. Independent research will be pursued in interaction with USF's faculty, students, and staff.

News & Events

Faculty Highlight: New Faculty Member on Asian Art History

The Art History Program faculty members are very pleased to announce that Ms. Ying-chen Peng has accepted the offered position of Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art History. 

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New Scholarship Opportunity
Korea University
Summer 2014

Center for Asian Studies

Since the 1960s, AU's Center for Asian Studies has coordinated Asian studies activities to promote deeper mutual understanding between Asia and the U.S.

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ASEAN Studies Center

American University’s ASEAN Studies Center, the first of its kind to be established in the United States, was formally launched at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2009, by AU’s Dean of the School of International Service, Professor Louis Goodman, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. The Center is part of AU’s School of International Service, the largest and one of the oldest schools of international relations in the United States.

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