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Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that immerses students on the history and contemporary issues of China, Japan, Korea, the countries of Southeast Asia, and India. Fifteen faculty from six departments introduce students to the many paths they can take in learning about Asia. The curriculum examines the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and religious characteristics of the various societies in the region. Classes may focus on themes in one country, or explore a theme in several countries. Themes include literature, the arts, environmental studies, gender identities, ethnic and national identities, and social movements. Our program highlights the dynamic, interrelated, and sometimes contentious exchange between the area’s cultures, politics, and economies. Our students develop the deep knowledge and critical perspectives necessary to understand Asia and its role in the world.


  • At L&C, I was given the attention I needed to get into the right classes and graduate on time.

    Jay Horita-Chu BA ’18
    Environmental Studies | Japanese | Los Angeles, California
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  • I think all of the classes I’ve taken so far expanded my knowledge as a student. I have taken a lot of Chinese classes with Instructor Liu Meiru. She is a very knowledgeable and cheerful person. She makes learning Chinese fun.

    Htoo Ray Wah BA ’23
    Asian Studies | Chinese | Portland, Oregon
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  • You aren’t going to reach a meaningful solution unless you think carefully and deeply.

    Amy Gore BA ’21
    World Languages and Literatures (Chinese and Spanish) | Seattle, Washington
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