East Asian Studies Center Brochure CoverThe East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University strives to be a catalyst for original thought and action in the study of East Asia in Ohio, in the U.S., and around the world. Combining our unique expertise with that of the extensive partnerships we've formed both domestically and internationally, the East Asian Studies Center continually challenges paradigms with innovative approaches that further knowledge, increase understanding and inspire life-long learning of East Asia and its impact on the world.

Specifically, the East Asian Studies Center:

Sparks Innovative Research and Instruction

Academics lie at the heart of everything the East Asian Studies Center does. By providing resources that stimulate new research opportunities and expand instructional initiatives, the East Asian Studies Center:

  • Connects 70 faculty, instructors and postdoctoral researchers in 19 disciplines for increased collaborations within various field and specialization
  • Seeds new courses in language and area studies, enabling students to diversify into new areas or deepen their knowledge in current ones
  • Augments research and teaching resources, such as the Thompson Library, the Huntington Archives, the Cartoon Research Library and Museum, and EASC Media Library, to provide access to unique tools for study
  • Provides scholarships for language and disciplinary studies
  • Encourages undergraduate student scholarship through challenging research, writing and translation competitions
  • Supports journals, as well as faculty and student publications

Forges Interdisciplinary Connections Across Fields and Regions

In today's highly interconnected world, specializations span several domains, often needing multiple disciplines in order to comprehensively approach issues. Working with East Asian experts throughout The Ohio State University and beyond, the East Asian Studies Center:

  • Administers the East Asian Studies M.A. program and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Chinese Studies and brings together 160 graduate students from across the university specializing in East Asia
  • Awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to encourage advanced-level language competency
  • Organizes lecture series and conferences that invite outside experts to share new perspectives that enrich research and curricula
  • Brings together 330 East Asian faculty from around the state through the Ohio Asianists network
  • Arranges visits of interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers and international scholars and supports the creation of partnerships with overseas institutions

Initiates Programs to Inspire Life-Long Learning

The East Asian Studies Center believes that learning about China, Japan and Korea should begin at an early age and continue through the collegiate, professional and golden years. Therefore, throughout Ohio, the East Asian Studies Center works with students, teachers, businesses and the community to:

  • Train elementary and secondary educators to incorporate East Asian content into their classrooms through programs such as Teaching about Asia seminars, study tours to East Asia, the Ohio Global Institute and co-sponsored courses in the College of Education
  • Provide teaching resources on East Asia for K-12 schools and community organizations such as culture boxes, lesson plans, films and guest speakers that incorporate fun, instructive activities into state and federal educational standards
  • Offer involvement opportunities for K-16 students around the state, such as internship programs, speech contests and art contests
  • Organize career and professional development events, such as International Career Week, the RealWorld International Professions speakers series and Japan-America Society of Central Ohio events to keep individuals and businesses up-to-speed
  • Sponsor cultural events, such as artist-in-residence programs, film series, festivals, dance and musical performances and art exhibits, bringing the traditional and modern arts that abound in East Asia directly to Ohio