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As a National Resource Center (for Pan Asia) under the US Department of Education's Title VI program, the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University directs one of the largest, most diverse programs of education about Asia in the Midwest. Unlike other programs, the Center is distinguished by its approach to East, Central, North, West, South, and Southeast Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus on faculty research, and outreach activities. Presently, the Center’s 240+ affiliated faculty members represent various academic departments in all of MSU's 17 colleges.

The Asian Studies Center collaborates closely with affiliates and specialists in various Departments and Colleges. The Center provides support to both undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships and a paper competition with awards for their pursuit of Asian language training, area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional studies.

Over 85% of MSU's international students and over half of the university's 1,400 foreign scholars come from Asia. Changing domestic demographics and an increase in students and scholars from Asia have created demands for an Asian Studies curriculum relevant to new needs and experiences reflecting the university's multicultural quality. The Asian Studies Center works to support the continued development of such a curriculum, and to provide resources to both domestic and international students and scholars.


The Asian Studies Center holds and promotes over 200 on and off campus events throughout the year, including lectures, workshops, and film showings. The lectures focus on hot button and historical issues about Asia, and often include panel or round table discussions by MSU faculty and scholars from around the world. The film showings include a wide variety of feature films and documentaries. The center also hosts and supports regional, national, and international conferences.