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The University of Oregon’s Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary instructional component of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program emphasizes study in Asian languages, history, society and culture, art and literature, politics and economics. Established in 1942, the Asian Studies Program is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs in the United States to focus on Asia.

The Asian Studies Program is administered by the Asian Studies Faculty Committee, composed of faculty members with Asian specializations in over a dozen discipline areas. Degree programs offered include B.A. and M.A. programs that emphasize East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), South Asia (particularly India and Pakistan) and, to a more limited extent, Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). The program is supported by a strong faculty and on-going research activities.

Asian Studies students are required to complete two years of language training in addition to a rigorous program of classes covering several disciplines and national traditions. Chinese and Japanese are taught through the fifth year and Korean through the fourth year through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). Language acquisition and instruction are facilitated by the extensive collection of audio, video, and computer software media available to faculty members and students at the university’s Yamada Language Center.

Asian Studies students are eligible to participate in any of the exchange or study-abroad programs that the University of Oregon arranges with universities in Asia, through the university’s Office of International Affairs. Programs are available throughout Asia.




The Edge of Knowing

Asian Studies affiliated faculty member Roy Bing Chan’s new book, “The Edge of Knowing,” explores the relationship between the rhetoric of dreams and realist literary practice in modern Chinese literature. Chan focuses this book from the May Fourth Era in the early 20th century through the period just following the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.

Chan’s attention to dreams demonstrates the multiple influences of Western psychology, utopian desire for revolutionary change, and the enduring legacy of traditional Chinese philosophy. At the same time, modern Chinese


Global Japan Speaker Series

Asian Studies presents: the “Global Japan Speaker Series,” where students and community members can hear and connect with world renown specialists on Japan.

Each event is open to the public, with snacks and light refreshments provided. Please join us!

Friday, February 24, McKenzie 125, 11:30 am: “The Lure of Ruins: Global Nostalgia and the Afterimage of Destruction,” Tong Lam, Associate Professor of Chinese History and Visual Artist, University of Toronto Thursday, March 2, Ford Alumni Center Room 202, 3:00 pm: “The Building Blocks of Masculine Desirability: Semiotic ...