Since the 1960s, American University's Center for Asian Studies has coordinated Asian studies activities to promote deeper mutual understanding between Asia and the United States. Its mission is comprised of the following elements:
Development of curriculum, courses, and certification in Asian Studies. Creation of new faculty lines in Asian studies. Coordination of dual degree and exchange programs with Asian universities.
Coordination of lectures, seminars, and research projects, and publications in the area of Asian studies. Research and teaching are conducted on such topics as political economy, civil society, democratization, international relations, foreign policy, gender, race, culture, labor, and migration issues.
Organization of joint projects, executive training programs, and international conferences which build connections between teaching and research institutions and between policy analysts and practitioners.
Raise domestic and international funds and grants to promote teaching and research in Asian studies.
Cultural and Social Activities
Sponsor student clubs, Asian festivals, and other events.
The Path to a New Type of Great Power Relations, Patrick M. Cronin, Pacific Forum CSIS, PacNet Number 80, Nov. 7, 2013.
“No War in the East China Sea” in Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute, eds, Tatsushi Arai, Shihoko Goto, and Zheng Wang. Washington, DC: The Woodrow Wilson Center, 2013, pp. 35-44.
“Moving between the ‘Inner Circle’ and the ‘Outer Circle’: The Limited Impact of Think Tanks on Foreign Policy in China,” in China’s Foreign Policy: Who Makes It, and How is It Made?, ed, Gilbert Rozman. Seoul: The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2012, pp. 123-147.
“East Asia Views EU—Hard Power, Soft Power, and Strategic Thinking,” in Perspectives for a European Security Strategy towards Asia, eds., Gustaaf Geeraerts and Eva gross. Brussels: VUB Brussels University Press, 2011, pp. 209-228.
Ongoing Events 2013
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Washington Asia Forum
- 2:30PM March 18, 2014- "US Evolving Strategy in Asia and the Role of the US-Japan Alliance" with President/CEO Randy Schriver (Project 2049 Institute)
- 2:30PM March 26, 2014- "Representing Racial Others in Japanese Visual and Popular Culture" with Professor Ayako Takamori (American University)
- 2:30PM April 8, 2014- "U.S.-Taiwan Relations" with Head of TECRO Pu-tsung King (Washington, DC Office)
- March 5, 2014- "The Comparison of China's and America's Mechanisms and Strategies for Settling Cruise Ship Disputes" with Jin Xu
Events Around DC
- February 27 12:00PM, "Chinese Intrusions into American Universities: Consequences for Freedom," CATO Institute, Hayek Auditorium 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 1-May 31, "Digital Museum," Digital Museum Korean Cultural Center (virtual)
- March 2 2:00-3:00PM, "A World of Chinese Puppets from the Lin Liu-Hsin Museum, Taiwan," Layla Schuster, East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 3 12:00-1:30PM, "Implications of Asian Integration for the United States: Scenarios with and without TTP," Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Dr. Ellen Frost, East-West Center, Sixth Floor Conference Room, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 5 11:00AM, “Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: National Interest or Corporate Handout?” CATO Institute, Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC (talk)
- March 5 12:00-1:30PM, "Japan's Evolving Relationship with Southeast Asia: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation," Dr. Nobuhiro Aizawa, East-West Center, Sixth Floor Conference Room, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 6 12:00-1:00PM, "Confronting Precarious Work in Asia: Politics and Policies," Arne L. Kalleberg, East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall Room 3012, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 6 6:00PM, "K-Literature: Yearn Hong Choi's Poetry Collection 'I am Homeland'," Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
- March 7 10:30AM-12:00PM, "Beyond the Kuriles: New Trends in Russo-Japanese Relations," Dr. Stephen Blank and Hirohisa Mori, East-West Center Sixth Floor Conference Room, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 10 12:00-1:30PM, "Young Japanese Scholars Program: New Views on Plitics and Policy from Tokyo to Taiwan," Professor Chihiro Okawa and Dr. Madoka Fukuda, East-West Center Sixth Floor Conference Room, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 12 11:00AM-2:00PM, “Cold Peace: China-India Rivalry in the Twenty-First Century,” Jeff M. Smith (Book talk), Heritage Foundation, Lehram Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Avenue 20002, NE
- March 13 & 27 6:30PM, "K-Cinema: A Very Ordinary Couple," Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
- March 16 2:00-3:00PM, "Illustrated Talk: 'The Creation of a National Theatre Form: A History of Jingju'," Yining Lin, East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- March 21 6:00 PM, "K-Classic ???? Spring Concert," Areum Kim (Violin), Youngeun Lee (Cello), and Hyenwon Ryu (Piano), Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
- April 27 2:00-3:30PM, "A World of Chinese Chinese Puppets from the Lin Liu-Hsin Museum, Taiwan," Eric Johnson, East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
- May 11 2:00-3:00PM, "A World of Chinese Chinese Puppets from the Lin Liu-Hsin Museum, Taiwan," Mark Branner, East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall, 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
For a list of past events, please visit our Washington Asia Forum page here.