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.
The Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced the appointment of Bradley M. Bailey as its new associate curator of Asian art. With a broad background in Asian art, Bailey is a specialist in the art of Japan, focusing on the Meiji period (1868-1912) and artistic relations between Japan and the West. He is currently the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Post-doctoral Curatorial and Teaching Fellow in Japanese Prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.
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.