About Us

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. The recent integration of AsianArc (BU’s Asian Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Research Initiative) enhances our capacity to live up to this role. The Center also facilitates communication and cooperation among the different Asian Studies sub-fields; provides an administrative structure for raising and managing grants that support the Center’s mandate; maintains the Asian Studies website; provides collaborative affiliation opportunities for Visiting Researchers; develops and manages conferences and cultural events; and works to expand access to Asia-related resources across the university. The Center is part of a broad and diverse Asian Studies community across New England with strong ties to other universities, museums, nonprofit organizations and private entities, as well as Asian government agencies.