The Carolina Asia Center is the University of North Carolina’s flagship organization for Asia-related activities. In 2014, we became the first Title VI-funded pan-Asia National Resource Center in the southeast United States.

Our mission is to positively transform our understanding of and relationship with Asia and to equip students and others with the knowledge of Asia to assume leadership roles. We develop resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs.

We are a unit of UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and work with various professional schools, departments, centers and student organizations on campus. Beyond Carolina, we collaborate with regional and international institutions to develop and implement educational programs on Asia.

Our programs have also been supported by the Freeman Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the Thai Government, and through our close partnerships with Duke University and the UNC system of universities and community colleges.




Carolina Asia Center to Celebrate Asia Week 2017, Feb. 20-25

CHAPEL HILL, NC—The Carolina Asia Center kicks off UNC-Chapel Hill’s first ever Asia Week from February 20-25, 2017. This campus-wide celebration of Asia features collaborations with many campus departments and student organizations and offers a variety of free public events to the Chapel Hill community.

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UNC System Faculty: Attend the UNC System Asia Scholar Network Conference

The Carolina Asia Center invites all faculty and researchers in the UNC system to attend the 2017 UNC System Asia Scholar Network Conference. The Carolina Asia Center will provide funding to selected participants to pay for travel and accommodation.

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Student Organizations: Apply for the 2017 Asian Culture Festival

On February 25, 2017, we will host a community-wide celebration of Asia in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Carolina Asia Center, Pi Alpha Phi and the Asian Students Association invite all Asia-related student organizations at UNC-Chapel Hill to submit a proposal for participation in this exciting event. The 12 best proposals will receive up to $200 to promote their organization and showcase a topic of interest.

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