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. 


  • August 22-24, 2016
    "Asia and Intra-Asian Connections"
    Inaugural Annual Conference of the Center for Global Asia at New York University (NYU) Shanghai in Shanghai, China, will focus on the China's place in intra-Asian interactions and the issues of conceptualizing, researching, and teaching Asia.
    Co-sponsored by Asia Research Center, Fudan University and East-West Center.
  • October 21, 2016.
    "Chinese Culture and Society"
    Workshop hosted in collaboration with Trident Technical College, the Unversity of Charleston, and the University of Hawaii, Manoa Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute.
    Charleston, SC.
  • March 2-4, 2017
    "Asia Connections:  Confluences and Contradictions"
    Asian Studies Development Program's 23rd National Conference
    Venue:  Hilton Portland Downtown & Executive Tower
                 Portland, OR
    Host Institution:  Portland Community College