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Asian Studies Program



  The Asian Studies Program is Vanderbilt's home for the study of Asian languages and cultures.  As a center for interdisciplinary inquiry, our program explores Asia through the multiple lenses of literature, history, history of art, religious studies, political science, and sociology. Our faculty's expertise encompasses a wide range of regions, countries, and languages, including East/Central Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet), South Asia (including India, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and Southeast Asia (particularly Vietnam).

Over three hundred students from all around campus study Asian languages with us each year.  With the study of Asian languages at the core, the Asian Studies major, along with minors in Chinese and Japanese, equip students with a crucial understanding of Asia’s central role in the world, both past and present.  Through its challenging global curriculum, Asian Studies prepares students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including business, finance, law, medicine, policy, and academia. 


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 14, 7:30pm
    Sarratt Cinema - iLens series

    Death of a Japanese Salesman
    Director: Mami Sunada
    Death of a Japanese Salesman is a 2011 documentary written and directed by Mami Sunada about the illness and death of her father, Tomoaki Sunada.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 7:30pm 
    Sarratt Cinema - iLens series

    Director: Joon-ho Bong
    Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

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