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Law School conference with His Holyness the Dalai Lama

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 several courses each semester 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 geographical 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.

Asian Studies News and Announcements


The Missing Picture (2013)

A Film by Rithy Panh

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

The Missing Picture is the first Cambodian film nominated for the Academy Award in the foreign film category (2014). It explores the childhood memories of director Rithy Panh, who spent four years living in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia left more than 1.7 million people dead from starvation, medical neglect, slave-like working conditions and execution. In a bold and imaginative leap, Rithy Panh's personal story is pictured via carved clay figurines, overlaid by archival footage and narration.

Introduction by Dr. Tanya Shilina-Conte, Department of Media Study, and post-screening discussion by Professor Liana Vardi, Department of History.

Presented by: UB Center for Global Media, Asian Studies Program and Department of History.

The film will be followed by an international symposium, "THE  RWANDAN GENOCIDE: Twenty Years Later," on Thursday, April 24, in 120 Clemens Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.


Department of Geography 2014 Charles H.V. Ebert Lecture

The Great Transformation: Neoliberalization, the Urban Commons and Socio-spatial Justice in Jakarta, Indonesia

Professors Helga Leitner & Eric Sheppard, UCLA

April 22, 2014


120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

The end of Indonesia’s New Order regime, in the shadow of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, brought neoliberalization to Jakarta. This current great transformation has triggered a financialization of urban real estate, pressure to privatize land tenure and ‘upgrade’ informal settlements and a new middle class aspiring to western lifestyles and speculating in land. The lecture will examine the implications of these changes for socio-spatial justice, urban sustainability, and contestations of global norms.

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Sociology, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, The Asian Studies Program, and The School of Architecture and Planning.

For more information on the Department of Geography’s Spring 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series, click here.


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 Executive Director Eric Yang at wenzhong@buffalo.edu or 716-645-7919.


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