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.


John Dardess Research Forum Call for Papers

Call for Papers: John Dardess Research Forum

The East Asian Collection at KU Libraries will be hosting the annual John Dardess Research Forum for KU faculty and students this semester at Watson Library.

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Migration Symposium, April 5-6, 2024. Multi colored arrows under text.

Migration Symposium

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the various forms of migration in art, music, and language through the lens of Global Asia.

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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.

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).

Latest News

For some students, home is thousands of miles away, and the Lunar New Year Festival hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) on Feb. 7 at the Burge Union is a reminder of their culture and home. 
The KU Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and partners will celebrate the Year of the Dragon for the Lunar New Year, a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar.

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