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. The Program sponsors colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, book signings, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures, societies, and political economies of East Asia. Affiliated faculty are actively engaged in research that bridges an array of disciplinary domains, including a variety of activities conducted through the China Research Center, which is home based at Georgia Tech. In addition, the Program frequently partners with other units on campus (e.g., Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research and the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy) and off campus (e.g., the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Consulate General of Japan, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Japan America Society of Georgia, and many others).
In sum, 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.