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Our Mission

Founded in 1959, 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, collaborating effectively with partners to disseminate knowledge about East Asian languages and cultures to build global competencies in the 21st century. The Center is funded by a Department of Education Title VI grant to serve as a National Resource Center with the mission of increasing knowledge of East Asian histories, languages, cultures, and current events in the region and beyond.

Mission Statement

  • Supports over 60+ faculty in 25 departments and professional schools across KU
  • Inspires and enables innovative and collaborative faculty research initiatives
  • Fosters the study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur languages
  • Helps students to gain cultural competencies in East Asian languages, literatures, and societies
  • Funds Foreign Language Area Studies fellows to study less commonly taught languages
  • Offers workshops to bring East Asian content into K-12 classrooms
  • Provides lesson plans and modules to support curriculum internationalization 
  • Bolsters K-12 and community college DEI initiatives 
  • Creates unique classroom experiences for students to experience East Asia 
  • Sponsors cultural events, festivals, presentations, art exhibitions, and performances
  • Works alongside cultural associations to amplify East Asian histories, cultures, and peoples 
  • Explores transnational business opportunities with local businesses and industries 
  • Partners with military entities to promote cultural understanding and national security

Annual Report

Our annual report offers updates on faculty, alumni, students, outreach, and other developments in the East Asian Studies community at the University of Kansas. It comes out during the summer with a look back at the previous academic year. You can view our latest annual report below. 

The 2022 Annual Report includes Fall 2021 through Summer 2022 as we transition to an Annual Report based on the academic year instead of the calendar year.

The following YUMPU PDF flipbook is not fully accessible. Please see CEAS Annual Report 2022 (pdf) for an accessible version of the content embedded below.

Annual Report 2022, KU Center for East Asian Studies