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Speaker's Bureau

The Center for East Asian Studies maintains a Speakers' Bureau comprised of experts about East Asia. These speakers are knowledgeable on a variety of topics ranging from language to history to culture. They are available—free of charge—to speak to community groups, students at all grade levels and at government agencies and businesses across Kansas and in Western Missouri. To learn more about the speakers and the perspectives they can bring you about Japan, China, and Korea, contact Randi Hacker, Outreach Coordinator, at


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

Want to improve your language skills over the summer? If you have a library card for Lawrence Public Library, you can access the Mango program for free from any computer. Online lessons are offered for many languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean. (Be sure to start with the "Conversations" section in any language, especially if you're new to the language. That's the where all the basics are.) Mango is available for free from many other public libraries. Here's a search where you can find it near you: https://
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