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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


Elite Networks and the Moral Economy of Corruption in Contemporary China

Friday, April 24

12:00-1:30 pm

509 O’Brian Hall (Baldy Center Conference Room)

Note the new location and extended time


Drawing from several years of ethnographic research with a group of wealthy entrepreneurs in the city of Chengdu as well as several recent insider accounts of corrupt officials’ activities, this talk situates many of the practices associated with corruption—distributing business opportunities, keeping mistresses, luxury consumption, etc.—in the local moral worlds of elite actors in China. I argue that corruption should be understood primarily not in terms of wayward individuals but as a fundamentally social phenomenon—as the result of the dominance of the norms, obligations, and values of officials’ local social worlds over norms enshrined in law. Many of these norms and values—ideals of hierarchy, loyalty, and masculine solidarity; notions of sexual privilege and consumer pleasure; and modes of status and power derived from patronage networks—are intertwined with evolving configurations of elite masculinity that straddle both government and business worlds in China. In my conclusion I examine some of the effects of the recent anti-corruption crackdown and its potential impact on the elite networks I observed in my earlier research.


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.


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.