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Welcome to the University at Buffalo's
Asian Studies Program

The strength of UB's Asian Studies Program is built on the diverse interests of forty-eight affiliated faculty members from a dozen departments across the university whose teaching and research are devoted primarily to Asia. The program offers both a major and minor in Asian Studies, and courses in Asian American Studies. Asian Studies provides an array of special lectures, artistic presentations, and luncheon seminars enriching a community of students and scholars energized by Asia.

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Why Study Asia?

We live in an age in which major cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographic regions of the globe are understood to have a truly global reach. From the visual and performing arts to religion and philosophy, Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into our own lives and experiences.

Career Options

Students who major in Asian Studies find job opportunities in international business, government service, nongovernmental organizations, and the arts. Some go on to professional schools in such fields as management, finance, diplomacy, and law. Others pursue graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and enter Asia-related academic careers. A recent report by Nightly Business News on PBS stated that Asia-related careers will be in high demand over the next century.

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In Memorium

Professor Sek Yen Kim-Cho, a leading Korean language scholar and founder of UB's Korean Language and Culture Program, died June 15 in her home in Williamsville. Please read about her life and many accomplishments in the UB Reporter.

Asian Studies News and Announcements

Globalism in Chinese Perspective: China’s Roles in World History and Historiography

Symposium in honor of UB Professor Roger Des Forges

October 2, 2014


Honors Seminar Room, Capen Library, UB North Campus

After more than forty years on the History faculty of the University at Buffalo, Roger Des Forges plans to retire in January 2015. The History Department is planning a symposium to commemorate his extraordinarily productive scholarly career and his work as a thoughtful and caring instructor and adviser. The symposium will be organized around a manuscript that Professor Des Forges has been working on in which he lays out a framework for understanding world history that extends his conceptualization of “centrality” in Chinese history. Participants—many of whom are Professor Des Forges’ former students—will be asked to address some of Roger’s ideas in their own comments on the topic.

Co-sponsored by the UB Department of History, Confucius Institute, Office of the Vice Provost for International Education, Humanities Institute, and Asian Studies Program.

Attendees are encouraged to read the following two papers by Professor Des Forges prior to the symposium.

Globalism in Chinese Perspective: China's Roles in World History and Historiography

Thinking about and Publishing on Patterns in Chinese, Asian, and World History


Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center at UB, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program at the College of Arts & Sciences, invites proposals for funding from scholars affiliated with any department or academic program at UB to support research related to the Southeast Asia region.

Small grants between $500 and $2,000 will be awarded for expenses related to travel, per diem, conference fees, library research, data collection, and other research costs. Funding could also support visiting scholars, conference presentations, workshops, lectures, and similar scholarly activity at UB that is related to the research of a faculty member or graduate student. The award period covers activities that take place during the period July 2, 2014 through July 1, 2015 and are completed by July 1, 2015.

Deadline: October 17, 2014

For more information, click here.

Asian Studies Program Establishes Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

In order to increase the total number of UB students who study in Asia and to make it financially feasible for all Asian Studies majors and minors to study abroad, the Asian Studies Program recently established a study abroad scholarship fund. In awarding scholarships, preference will be given to Asian Studies majors and minors; students who are studying abroad for the first time; and students with documented financial need.Your financial contributions will make it possible for more UB students to experience the world in new ways and enhance their career prospects through study abroad in Asia.

Please consider making a financial contribution to the Asian Studies Study Abroad Scholarship Fund today!

Click here if you are a student and want to apply for an Asian Study abroad scholarship.


Next NCTA East Asia for Teachers Seminar begins in January 2015

The UB Asian Studies Program is pleased to be organizing once again a 30-hour East Asia for Teachers seminar sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. NCTA seminars provide teachers with content and resources to more effectively teach about history, geography, religion, literature, language, music and art of China, Japan, and Korea. Elementary and secondary teachers of social studies, English, music, art, LOTE, librarians and administrators are encouraged to apply. The 2015 seminar will be held at the Buffalo Teacher Resource Center on alternating Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, beginning January 15.

Click here for an informational flyer.

Click here for a registration form.


Confucianism and Education: An International Symposium

October 17-19, 2014

Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst, NY

Proposal submission deadline extended to September 1, 2014

The UB Graduate School of Education invites paper proposals for a conference that examines the influence of Confucianism on Chinese education theory and practice and its relevance to education in the U.S. and elsewhere. At a time when education reform is intensifying in the United States, this conference will advance our understanding of Confucian thoughts on education, inform efforts to improve education in the United States, and promote cross-cultural understanding between China and the West. Only proposals for individual papers with one author or multiple authors will be considered for review. The conference is sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute.

Additional information about the conference and proposal submission guidelines can be found at http://gse.buffalo.edu/confucius and in the conference brochure.


UB Confucius Institute Announces Fall 2014 Community Chinese Language Class Schedule

Noncredit Mandarin Chinese classes designed for individuals who want to learn to speak Chinese, who have an interest in China, or who may want to travel to China.

Chinese Level 1A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 1B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 2A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 2B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

All classes run 6:00-8:00 pm at the Confucius Institute, Baldy Hall, UB North Campus.

The registration fee of $420 for each 16 week class includes textbooks and other materials.

Click here for more information and an application form.


UB Confucius Institute Funding Opportunities

The UB Confucius Institute offers funding opportunities for UB faculty and students involved in study, research, and artistic activity related to China, including:

  1. Funding for UB faculty or graduate students to attend China-related conferences.
  2. Faculty research grants for periods of two weeks to ten months.
  3. Sponsorship/co-sponsorship of China-related conferences, symposia, workshops, and artistic productions in Buffalo, including graduate student conferences.
  4. Publication and translation grants.
  5. PhD scholarships for study at a Chinese university.
  6. Dissertation fellowships for research in China.
  7. Confucius Institute undergraduate scholarships for study at a university in China for a semester or academic year. Students who intend to be Chinese language teachers are especially encouraged to apply.
  8. Summer Study Program Scholarships for undergraduates participating in UB's summer program at Capital Normal University in Beijing.
  9. Young Leaders Program sponsors undergraduates to study in China for periods of two weeks to six months.

For additional information, see What Can UB Confucius Institute Do for You? or contact UBCI Associate Director Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu at qiaomeil@buffalo.edu 716-645-6480.


For a list of upcoming Asia-related events, visit the Events page of our website.