Collage of photos from 2023 Harvest Moon Festival

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.



What We Do

Classroom with professor and students


The Center is home to more than 60 faculty from 19 departments and 6 professional schools who teach over 225 East Asian language and 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 inform the public about East Asian research, events, and funding opportunities.
Tuition Waiver Scholarship for Tibetan and Uyghur Classes. Deadline November 27, 2023.

Tuition Waiver Scholarship

This scholarship provides FREE TUITION for select Tibetan and Uyghur language courses to ANYONE, including non-KU students, interested in learning these languages.

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CHINA Town Hall: "Chinese in America"

Watch our local CHINA Town Hall featuring Steven Liao (Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of California, Riverside) and Madelyn Ross (President, U.S.-China Education Trust).

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CEAS Director Akiko Takeyama talks with New Books Network about her recently published, "Involuntary Consent:The Illusion of Choice in Japan’s Adult Video Industry."
The University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies will host environmental activist and writer Aileen Mioko Smith for a series of private and public events next week, including a film screening and artis

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