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Center for Asian Studies

As our world grows smaller, the Center for Asian Studies has worked globally to foster better understanding and cooperation between our country and Asia.

For centuries, Asia has been viewed as a continent of mystery by many in the West.  Today, however, much of Asia has become an economic and political powerhouse, and the West is taking notice.  The Center for Asian Studies at the University of South Carolina is centrally involved in this current-day examination.

A self-supporting unit of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at USC, the Center for Asian Studies was established in 1994 to promote research, teaching, and service on international and cross-cultural issues and problems in Asia.  It also serves as a forum to provide focus for future cooperation and exchanges between South Carolina, the United States, and Asian nations.

The Center for Asian Studies encourages research, sponsors conferences and fieldtrips, showcases distinguished scholars, and recruits talented students.  It initiates and sustains several important collaborative research and exchange agreements with academic centers throughout Asia.  It also offers a minor in Asian Studies for Arts and Sciences students

Generous supporters have allowed the Center to establish endowments for operational expenses and fellowships, and to support students from the United States, China, Taiwan, Korea, and other Asian countries working toward graduate degrees.   Many of the Center’s graduates have returned to their home countries and have become active in local and national politics and academic activities.

The Center is home to the University’s Taiwan Studies program, which sponsors colloquia on Taiwanese issues, visiting scholars and artists, cultural events,  student research, and an international conference on Taiwan that brings to campus each year invited participants from across the United States and the world.

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