Summer Institutes
All summer institutes are open to full-time and adjunct university and college humanities and social science faculty. In keeping with ASDP’s objective of expanding the pool of faculty and staff sensitive to and informed about Asia, applicant selection criteria include assessments of:

•    the level of commitment at the applicant’s home institution for infusing Asian studies into the undergraduate curriculum;
•    the applicant’s current level of expertise in the content of the program (ASDP programs are designed primarily for non-Asianists);
•    the applicant’s commitment to integrating institute topics into his or her courses, and  interest in continuing to develop Asian studies curriculum at the home institution:
•    the applicant’s ability and desire to work on Asian studies development with other faculty from their own and nearby campuses.

Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum
The first summer residential institute--a three-week program on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum--was held in 1991 for forty faculty and academic deans. Teams of two and three from 15 U.S. colleges and universities were selected for participation. Based on the success of the initial and successive institutes, the three-week summer institute is now an annual program—the twentieth annual three-week Infusing Institute will be held in the summer of 2010. The success of all ASDP institutes is based in large part on offering programs that feature well-known Asianists who are also skilled classroom teachers.

While the majority of Infusing Institutes have focused primarily on East Asia (China and Japan), several have focused on Southeast Asia and South Asia. The institutes are multi-disciplinary in content, including content on geography, religion and philosophy, history, literature and the arts, and contemporary political, economic and social issues
During the three weeks, participants, individually or as team members, work on developing course modules and/or written plans for infusing Asian content into the undergraduate curriculum at their home institutions. Participants present their outcome of their efforts at the conclusion of the institute.  

NEH-Funded Institutes on Asian Cultures and Civilizations

In addition to the annual Infusing Institutes, ASDP offers other summer residential institutes, including a series of NEH-funded institutes and institutes on Korea funded by the Korea Foundation.

The first NEH institute was held in 1993. These five-week programs provide time to focus more intensely on the basic philosophical and religious underpinnings of major cultural areas of Asia, their history, traditional and contemporary arts and literatures, as well as contemporary social and political issues. NEH Institutes have included the following: Chinese Culture and Civilization (1993) ; South Asian Culture and Civilization (1994); Japanese Culture and Civilization (1995); Southeast Asian Cultures (1997); Religion and Philosophy in China: Texts and Contexts (1998); Religions, Philosophies, and Culturse in India: Conflicts and Negotiations (2000); Continuities and Crises: The Interplay of Religion and Politics in China (2001); Empowering Relationships: Ways of Authority in Japanese Culture (2002); Religion and Politics in India: Culture, History and the Contemporary Experience (2004); Southeast Asia: The Interplay of Indigenous Cultures and Outside Influences (2005); The Silk Road: Early Globalization and Chinese Cultural Identity (2006); The Real and the Ideal: Arcs of Change in Chinese Culture (2007); and, forthcoming in 2010, The Silk Roads: Early Globalization and Chinese Cultural Identities.

Korea Foundation Institutes and Field Seminars on Korean Culture and Society

The first Korean Culture and Society Summer Institute was hosted in 1997.  The program included two weeks of lectures at the East-West Center and University of Hawaii on Korean history, literature, religion, politics and film, and two weeks of field study in Seoul and other cultural sites throughout South Korea. Throughout the institute, particular attention was given to placing Korea in dynamic interaction with its neighbors in East Asia. Four subsequent institutes in this series were hosted in the summers of 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007.