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About Us

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.

This interactive map to the right lays out every UNC-Chapel Hill connection with Asian schools, universities, governments and research groups! Search for programs here.

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Carolina Asia Map


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

2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship Recipient: Akankshya Jena, Parag Jyoti Saikia

2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship Recipients

The Carolina Asia Center is pleased to announce our 2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship recipients: Akankshya Jena and Parag Jyoti Saikia! The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship was established in 1998 by a group of Sangam members who sought to create a unique … Continued

Workshop attendees at the Pho Lao restaurant in Morganton, NC.

Educators Explore Food, Water, and Sustainability around the World and at Home during International Education Week

Food, water, and sustainability are crucial issues around the world—and right here in North Carolina. This fall, the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) provided teacher education on these vital and interconnected issues … Continued

UNC Area Studies Centers Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land and sovereignty of the native peoples in North Carolina and by extension indigenous communities around the world that have been subject to negative effects of colonization, displacement, and historical erasure. We reject this historical erasure by … Continued

FLTAs Kanika Bhalla and Vy Ton

Meet our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Vy Ton and Kanika Bhalla

The Carolina Asia Center is excited to introduce Vy Ton and Kanika Bhalla, our new Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) for this upcoming year! They will be joining the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC for … Continued

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