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Our Mission

The Asia Scholar Network exists to create a community of scholars working on Asia-related topics across the 16 UNC system campuses or the North Carolina Community College network. We build on the strengths of each college, university, and community college in the system, providing scholars with opportunities to network, share information and collaborate. Ultimately, we also hope to improve access to resources for the study of Asia and spark collaboration in the field of Asian studies in the state of North Carolina.

Why Asia Scholars?

Universities in the UNC system offer varied resources on Asia, ranging from content courses in individual departments to full degree programs with language and area studies instruction. Many UNC universities also have active study abroad programs in Asia. With the growing importance of the region, the demand for Asia-related courses and the need to incorporate Asia-focused content into other disciplines is increasing. The Asia Scholar Network is an initiative of the Carolina Asia Center (CAC) at UNC-Chapel Hill that addresses these needs by providing a platform for Asia experts to share resources and strengthen Asia-related programs across all UNC campuses and North Carolina community colleges.

Our Programs

The Carolina Asia Center supports the Asia Scholars Network with the following resources:

  • Current database of Asia scholars in the state
  • Email listserv for sharing Asia-related events and opportunities with Asia scholars
  • Access to resources on Asia through UNC-Chapel Hill’s libraries
  • Conferences and events on topics of interest to Asia scholars at UNC-Chapel Hill and other campuses

Annual Conference

The Asia Scholar Network gathers annually for a conference at UNC-Chapel Hill. To see archives from past conferences, click the links below.

Who Can Join?

All scholars working on Asia-related topics or developing expertise in Asian studies, including language and area studies, at any university campus of the UNC System are eligible to join the Asia Scholar Network. The universities in the UNC System include the following:

1. Appalachian State University

2. East Carolina University

3. Elizabeth City State University

4. Fayetteville State University

5. North Carolina A&T State University

6. North Carolina Central University

7. North Carolina State University

8. UNC Asheville

9. UNC Chapel Hill

10. UNC Charlotte

11. UNC Greensboro

12. UNC Pembroke

13. UNC Wilmington

14. UNC School of the Arts

15. Western Carolina University

16. Winston-Salem State University


The campuses of the North Carolina Community Colleges can be found on this website.



Contact: For more information, contact us at or 919.843.9203