East Asia National Resource Center

The University of Michigan's (UM) East Asia National Resource Center's (NRC) mission is to support the scholarship, research, teaching, and training of EA experts, and promote the understanding of EA to other constituencies. Michigan's long history of an interdisciplinary approach to EA scholarship is at the core of the EA NRC's success. The nation's first Japan-focused Ph.D. was granted at UM in the late nineteenth century and less than a decade later, the first English-language study of the Japanese economy was conducted at Michigan. In 1930, the "Oriental Civilizations" program began, solidifying UM's role as a leader in EA studies. During World War II, UM was chosen as one of two sites for the U.S. military's Japanese language training programs, in 1947, one of the four partners comprising UM's EA NRC, the Center for Japanese Studies, was established (the first center of its kind in the U.S.). The Center for Chinese Studies was created in 1961, followed by the Korean Studies Program in 1990 - which was renamed as the Center for Korean Studies in 2007 - and the Tibetan Studies Program in 1999. These programs function as one NRC under the guidance of UM's International Institute (II) with the support of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and the University's Provost's Office.