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Promoting East Asian Studies since 1959

About US

Our Mission

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas is the major academic hub and premiere outreach network in the Great Plains region, disseminating knowledge about East Asian languages and cultures and building global competencies in the 21st century.

CEAS by the numbers

Departments and Professional Schools
Title VI Funding (2022-26)

What We Do

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The Center is home to more than 60 faculty from 19 departments and 6 professional schools who teach over 225 language and East Asian Studies content courses. KU currently offers 15 degrees with East Asian concentrations.
Elementary school students practice calligraphy


The Center is a Title VI funded National Resource Center that promotes East Asian languages and cultures to a variety of audiences in the Midwest through K-12 and community college educator workshops and resources, public events, and area partnerships.
Nanmen Market, Zhongzheng District, Taipei


The Center offers numerous funding opportunities for students and faculty. We administer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for all East Asian languages taught at KU, offer scholarship funds, and provide faculty travel and research grants.
Stacks of the book A Single Shard


The Center supports publications, acquisitions, and programs that enhance KU's East Asian resources, which include the East Asian collections of the Watson Library and Spencer Museum of Art, and informs the public about East Asian research, events, and funding opportunities.

2022 CHINA Town Hall

"The Legacy of COVID-19 for US-China Relations" with Dr. Dali Yang (University of Chicago), Dr. Deborah Seligsohn (Villanova University) and Dr. Jack Zhang (University of Kansas).

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When countries are simultaneously engaged in war and their own nation-building efforts, as was the case in Nationalist China during World War II, they become more dependent on scientists to conduct applied research, develop industry, and engage in modernization projects that align with the state’
China increasingly gets scapegoated for any crisis involving the economy, security or global health in the U.S. Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas, studies how a nation that has at times been allied with the U.S.

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