The Harvard University Asia Center was established in 1997 to reflect Harvard’s deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. An important aspect of the center’s mission is the support of undergraduate and graduate summer projects abroad. This summer, the Asia Center will fund 68 students traveling to east, south, and southeast Asia to conduct research, participate in internships, and pursue intensive language study.
Harvard’s study of Asia is spread across the University’s departments and Schools, and a wide array of disciplines comes together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the center brings a layered, multifaceted approach to the scholarly description of events to probe questions of history and culture, economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.