Established on July 1, 1997, the Harvard University Asia Center was founded as a university-wide inter-faculty initiative with an underlying mission to engage people across disciplines and regions. It was also charged with expanding South and Southeast Asian studies, including Thai Studies, in the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Center sponsors a number of seminars, conferences, lectures, and programs during the academic year including the annual Tsai Lecture, the Modern Asia, Southeast Asia, and Islam in Asia seminar series, the Ezra F. Vogel Distinguished Visitors Program, and Asia Vision 21 conference. In addition to its award-winning Publications Program, the Center issues a weekly bulletin featuring Asia-related events at Harvard and in the greater Boston area as well as an on-line newsletter.
The Asia Center oversees and advises the undergraduate concentration on East Asian Studies, administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. It also has oversight of, through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Master of Arts program in Regional Studies—East Asia.
The Asia Center funds student research and study in Asia as well as the activities of Asia-focused student organizations.
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