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 work with UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and 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 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.
A recent award from the U.S. Department of Education firmly positions the Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the first pan-Asia National Resource Center in the southeastern United States. The Carolina Asia Center (CAC) is among a select group of academic institutions awarded Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2014-18 grant cycle.
The purpose of the UNC System Asia Scholar Network is to create a sense of community and mutual support among scholars working on Asia-related topics at 16 campuses within the UNC system. Building on each campuses’ strengths, in the long run we also hope to improve access to resources for the study of Asia at all 16 institutions of the UNC system and to improve collaboration in the field of Asian Studies within the state of North Carolina.