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. 


  • February 24-26, 2016
    "Chinese Culture and Society"
    Workshop hosted in collaboration with University of Central Oklahoma and University of Hawaii, Manoa Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute.
    Oklahoma City, OK.  Contact:  Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen,
  • March 17-19, 2016
    2016 ASDP National Conference (website)
    Washington, DC
  • May 25-31, 2016
    11th East-West Philosophers Conference
    Honolulu, HI
    Call for Proposals (website)
  • June 13- July 15, 2016
    NEH Confucian Asia:  Traditions and Transformations (website)
    Honolulu, HI