The Asian Studies Development Program

The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) was launched in 1991 to enhance teaching about Asia at American two-year and four-year colleges and universities at the undergraduate level. In recent years, ASDP has also included Asian faculty in selected programs. Since its inception, more than 1,500 professors from the U.S. and Asia have participated in ASDP programs.


A joint program of the East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i, ASDP offers a variety of content-focused faculty and institutional development programs and activities centered around summer residential institutes, field seminars in Asia, workshops on the U.S. mainland, and an annual academic conference. 


  • March 30, 2017
    "Understanding China:  An Interdisciplinary Conversation"
    A  one-day Chinese Culture and Society workshop hosted in collaboration with ASDP, University of San Diego and the University of Hawaii, Manoa Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute.
    San Diego, CA
  • June 12 - July 7, 2017
    NEH - Islam in Asia:  Traditions and Transformations
    East-West Center
    Honolulu, HI
  • July 1- 30, 2017
    Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute
    Sponsored by Qufu Chinese Confucius Research Institute and International Confucian Association and co-sponsored by Confucian Institute Headquarters/Hanban, World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures, Bejing Foreign Studies University, ASDP & University of Hawaii, and Bergruen Institute.
    Nishan & Qufu, Shangong Province, China
    (Program) (Application Information)
  • July 17 - 28, 2017
    "Chinese Cultures and Histories"
    A U.S. DOE Title VI UISFL-funded project activity.
    East-West Center
    Honolulu, HI
  • July 31 - August 11, 2017
    Infusing Chinese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
    East-West Center
    Honolulu, HI


  • UISFL 2016 - 2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies: Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development