Welcome to the Boston University
Center for the Study of Asia

Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia, established in 2008, promotes comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-national understanding of Asia through coordination of teaching missions, research support, community-building among faculty and students, and broad outreach beyond the university. It strives to be an intellectual hub for new ideas and cutting edge research in the humanities and social sciences.



Ongoing virtual events. Click the image box for links to important & engaging discussions!


Annual Theme for 2020-2021

Digital Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us more aware than ever of the importance of digital connections in our world. What would we do in a world under quarantine without Zoom, social media, government-sponsored apps to track public health, or portals to pay bills, engage in e-commerce, and get our dinner delivered to our doorsteps?

BUCSA’s Annual Theme this academic year is, fittingly, DIGITAL ASIA. Asia counts the largest Internet population in the world, and it is also at the forefront of digital developments in many fields, including governance, entertainment, and e-commerce. Digital Asia is a diverse landscape, reflecting local histories, cultures, and socioeconomic and political realities.

During this year at BUCSA we hope to engage in a range of topics to explore the many facets of DIGITAL ASIA, including digital politics and activism; e-governance; civil society and mobilization; digital diplomacy and international relations; digital economics; platform societies; surveillance and human rights; big data; digital play; digital youth cultures; digital media; digital visual cultures; digital religion; digital communities; migration and mobility in the digital age; digital archives and digital ethnography.

Boston University is currently home to a number of digital initiatives in the humanities, including two that are co-sponsored by BUCSA and are in continuous development: the online exhibition Asia at the World’s Fairs, and the China Historical Christian Database (managed by the BU Center for Global Christianity and Mission, with support from BUCSA and the BU CURA Institute). During the coming year, student involvement in Asia-related courses and special workshops will help these initiatives grow.

This is an exciting time to explore the subject of Digital Asia across disciplines and across space. Please stay tuned for the opportunity to learn and get involved in the diverse events that we at BUCSA will bring you this year, primarily as online events and initiatives for the foreseeable future! We invite the members of the BU Asian studies community to contact us with ideas and suggestions for additional events, and we extend a warm welcome to the broader New England community to join us as we explore these and other fascinating topics through the BU Center for the Study of Asia during 2020-2021. These events are being organized and presented with many different cultural and institutional partners from across Boston and New England. Details and event links will be available on the BUCSA website as they are finalized, and will be continuously updated in the BUCSA calendar, so check back often, and also sign up for our e-mail newsletter here.


Stay tuned for the launching of

Asia at the World’s Fairs:
An Online Exhibition of Cultural Exchange

Presented by the Center for the Study of Asia, Pardee School of Global Studies

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