East Asian Studies Program

East Asian Studies is a closely coordinated, interdepartmental program representing seven departments and eight disciplines. It offers some fifty courses, ranging from art to economics, culminating in a minor that may be focused upon either China or Japan.  Interested students are encouraged to study abroad in East Asia.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

David A. Bello (History) Accepted as Member in Residence at The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton NJ for 2014-15 Academic Year

He will be working on his new research, Liquid Dependencies: Water & Authority in Qing China's Borderlands (18th-19th Centuries). This environmental history project examines the interdependent effects of water and ethnic diversity on the Qing (1644-1912) state's westward expansion into Tibet and Xinjiang during the empire's long eighteenth century.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Melissa Kerin (Art History) Awarded an ALCS Fellowship for 2014-15 Academic Year

She will be working on her project, entitled, Materiality of Tibetan Buddhist Shrines: Devotional Objects and Ritual Agents in Tibet, Western Himalaya, and U.S. The project is intended to show how Tibetan Buddhist shrines appear in a wide range of forms depending on their geographical location and, so, cannot be reduced to one simple, and often romanticized, standard type. This project will document shrines in three different regions to focus on the relationships between object, production/circulation, and ritual agent to show that shrines operate across different times, spaces and academic disciplines to convey a range of meanings that are responsive to and reflective of multiple socio-religious environs of Tibetan Buddhist cultures.