East Asia Program

The East Asia Program (EAP) at Cornell University traces its origin back to 1950, with the founding of the China Program. It became the China-Japan Program in 1972 and eventually assumed its present name and scope in 1988, with the incorporation of Korean Studies. For nearly six decades since its inception, the Program has dedicated itself to promoting-through teaching, research, and public service-an in-depth understanding of all aspects of historical and contemporary East Asia. Today, EAP stands as a vibrant hub of an ever-expanding campus-wide network of faculty, students, and visiting scholars and fellows who are interested in all aspects of East Asian Studies. Currently, the program is home to 38 core faculty, 30 affiliated faculty, 21 language faculty, 24 associated faculty, and 48 Associates in Research (AiR). This network of specialists extends beyond the Humanities and Social Sciences to include such fields as Law, City and Regional Planning, Business Administration and Management, Industrial and Labor Relations, Human Ecology, Engineering, Hotel Administration, and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Program's core commitment is to foster and facilitate East Asia-oriented intellectual communication and cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus and to advocate the advancement of knowledge of East Asia beyond the Cornell community through sponsoring and coordinating outreach events for secondary and post-secondary schools, the business community, and the general public. The East Asia Program also edits, produces, and markets its own influential scholarly publication series, the Cornell East Asia Series (CEAS), which has won critical acclaim at home and abroad since its inception in 1973.

Outreach is one of the most important functions of the East Asia Program. Our outreach program is designed to offer useful resources on East Asia to a wide variety of audiences, including elementary and secondary schools, other universities and scholars, the business community, the media, and the general public. In 2008-09, we reached close to 25,000 in audience through our lectures, colloquia, conferences, forums, art exhibits, cultural performances and teacher training workshops as part of our K-12, post-secondary as well as community outreach efforts. Besides outreach resources such as a classroom Speaker Bureau, online curriculums, and a Resource Lending Library that includes films, books, and cultural kits, we also provide teacher trainings and professional development workshops for K-12 teachers as well as post-secondary faculty. To provide global perspectives on issues that affect East Asia and the rest of the world, the EAP outreach office regularly collaborates with other Cornell area studies programs through our participation in CERIS (Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies).

To learn more about our resources and the wide array of scholarly and cultural events that we offer to numerous constituents, please browse through our website. For more detailed information about a particular program or event, please feel free to contact us by phone (607) 255-6222 or e-mail us at EAP@einaudi.cornell.edu.