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. 


  • October 8-12, 2015
    Li Zehou and Confucian Philosophy (website)
    World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures.
    Honolulu, HI
  • November 7, 2015
    "Conversations on China" (flyer)
    One-day workshop hosted in collaboration with Roger Williams University, the University of Hawai'i, Manoa Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute, and Asian Studies Development Program.
    Providence, RI
  • March 17-19, 2016
    2016 ASDP National Conference (website)
    Washington, DC
  • May 25-31, 2016
    11th East-West Philosophers Conference
    Honolulu, HI