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 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.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Phillips Ambassadors Program, we are pleased to announce that five $10,000 awards will be offered to Phillips Ambassadors alumni in support of further engagement with Asia. The intent of these awards is to generate impactful initiatives related to Asia and to share some aspect of those efforts in one’s community, place of employment, or current place of study.
The latest issue of our newsletter features new Asia-related campus resources, a new grant for faculty travel to Singapore, and stories about the impressive Asia-focused work happening across UNC-Chapel Hill.
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.