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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 29 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
  • Strengthens knowledge of contemporary East Asian affairs through our MA programs  
  • 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 at the beginning of each calendar year, with a look back at the previous year. You can view our latest annual report below.

The following YUMPU PDF flipbook is not fully accessible. Please see CEAS Annual Report 2020 (pdf) for an accessible version of the content embedded below.

KU Center for East Asian Studies Annual Report 2020