East Asia is a dynamic, fascinating, and important region encompassing Greater China (including the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan), Japan, and the two Koreas. However, cultural barriers, historical myopia, and enigmatic institutions often prevent the Western World from understanding and deftly responding to developments on the East Asian scene. East Asia-related research and teaching at Georgia Tech is guided by a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving that is ideally suited to illuminating and deciphering such developments. This approach provides a foundation for educating cultural boundary spanners who come away with skill sets that enable them to thrive in a technologically sophisticated world in which East Asia plays an increasingly important role.
Georgia Tech’s East Asia Program draws upon faculty expertise in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and across campus, while reaching out to students from every college and major. It offers students the opportunity for focused study through an East Asian Studies Minor, the full range of instruction in each of the region’s major languages, innovative faculty-led study abroad programs, and an array of regional studies courses. In addition, the Program sponsors colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, book signings, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures and fascinating realities of East Asia. Georgia Tech’s East Asia Program aims to be a valuable resource for the campus community, City of Atlanta, State of Georgia, and the Southeastern Region.