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Carolina Asia Center is the flagship Asia institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the leading center of its kind in the southeastern U.S. Our mission is to promote intercultural exchange between the U.S. and Asia, and to improve and support education and research on Asia.

We develop resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs. Beyond Carolina, we collaborate with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs that focus on Asia.

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Our Work

Learn about our collaborations with professional schools, departments, centers, and student organizations as well as with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs on Asia.

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Fund your travel abroad to Asia with the Phillips Ambassadors Program, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship, or the Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies.

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Check out the global resources we have available for K-12 and community college educators including over 140 lesson plans, partnerships, professional development in North Carolina and beyond Carolina.

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Recent News

Announcing the Minor in Southeast Asian Studies

                                      The Bringing Southeast Asia Home Initiative, Carolina Asia Center, and Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies are elated to announce … Read more

Farewell Message from Director Dr. Ji-Yeon Jo

Dear CAC family and friends, As I conclude my five-year term as the director of CAC on June 30 and return to my position as an associate professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, I find myself … Read more

Congratulations to our 2024-2025 FLAS Recipients!

We are pleased to introduce our 2024-2025 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship recipients! This year, the Carolina Asia Center awarded a total of 15 recipients including 5 graduate and professional students and 10 undergraduate students for the study of … Read more

UNC Global Reports on Climate change, environmental diplomacy require coalition-building, say senior diplomats

This article was originally published by UNC Global Affairs, written by Claire Cusick. You can access the article here. “UNC-Chapel Hill hosts annual forum with the American Academy of Diplomacy” Carolina students understand the urgency of climate change. During the … Read more

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