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Past ASDP Programs
For information on past ASDP institutes, including NEH-funded Institutes and Infusing Institutes, click here. Information provided includes institute schedules, detailed information of presenters and readings, submissions of participant-prepared course modules, bibliographies and development plans for the institutionalization of Asian studies on their campuses.



Summer 2008 Programs
China Institute ( May 19-30, 2008)
This two-week institute on China is the first program activity of a new ASDP program, Asian Studies in Asia (ASIA). The institute is for undergraduate faculty from selected Southeast Asian Universities and American colleges and universities. The first week of the program will focus on Chinese philosophy, history and cultural traditions; the second week will cover contemporary issues concerning the environment, politics and socio-economic development. ASIA programs are designed to enhance teaching at the undergraduate level and further institutional network building among Asian and American higher education institutions. Directed by Dr. Peter Hershock, ASDP Coordinator.

China Field Study: Focus on Southwest China (June 3 – June 20, 2008)
This field study, funded by the Freeman Foundation, will explore often missed, but historically, culturally and environmentally rich areas of Southwest China. The itinerary will include Chengdu and nearby areas in Sichuan Province, and areas in Yunnan Province,  including the cities of Kunming and Lijiang. The program will start in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong’s Robert Black College. For three days, participants will meet with scholars, including Dr. Roger Ames, who together will introduce Chinese culture, aspects of Southwest China, and contemporary Hong Kong. Participants will fly to Chengdu (5 days) where they will stay at Sichuan University, and then to Yunnan Province (7 days) where Yunnan University will be the host institution. In Yunnan, time will be divided between Kunming, the provincial capital, and Lijiang, home to several Chinese minorities. The program will conclude with two nights in Hong Kong. Directed by Dr. Fred Lau, UH Professor of Ethnomusicology.

Institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum (June 30 – July 18)
The annual three-week Institute, funded by the Freeman Foundation, focuses on faculty and institutional development related to undergraduate and universities.  The focus of the 2008 program will be East Asia (primarily China and Japan). The interdisciplinary Institute program features lectures and discussion on the culture, history, and contemporary complexion of the region, and works with participants in developing strategies to build Asian studies on their home campuses. Directed by Dr. Roger Ames, University of Hawai’i.




Summer 2007 Programs
Institute on Korean Culture and Society ( May 28 - June 17, 2007 )
The program includes one week of lectures at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Korean history, literature, religion, politics and film, and two weeks of field study in Seoul and other cultural sites throughout South Korea. This is the fifth iteration of this popular institute since 1997; this year it is jointly funded by the Korea Foundation and the Freeman Foundation. Directed by Dr. Ned Shultz (University of Hawai`i) and Jungmin Seo (University of Hawai`i, Korean History & Political Science).

NEH Institute on The Ideal and the Real: Arcs of Change in Chinese Culture (June 18-July 20)
The institute examines the historical interplay among religious, philosophical, social, political and artistic ideals and realities as a means of understanding the historical dynamics of cultural change in China and continuing through the country's stunning re-emergence as a global leader. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Directed by Roger Ames, Department of Philosophy (University of Hawai`i).

U.S.-China Faculty Exchange ( July 2-July 22)
Program for Chinese faculty in the U.S  [Note: as part of a 2-year project, the Summer 2007 program is limited to faculty from Mainland China.]

Institute on Infusing East Asia into the Undergraduate Curriculum ( July 24 - August 10, 2007)
This annual three-week Institute, funded by the Freeman Foundation, focuses on faculty and institutional development related to the undergraduate teaching of Asia at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The focus of the 2007 program is East Asia (primarily China and Japan). The interdisciplinary Institute program features lectures and discussions on the culture, history, and contemporary complexion of the region, and works with participants in developing Asian studies on their home campuses. Directed by Dr. Fred Lau (University of Hawai`i, Ethnomusicology)




2003-2005 NEH Programs
2005 NEH Institute on Southeast Asia: Indigenous Cultures and Outside Influences (website)

2004 NEH Institute on Religion and Politics in India: Culture, History and the Contemporary Experience (website)

2003 Cultures of Authority in Asian Practice (website)
ASDP sponsored a series of thematically-linked, Asia-focused, faculty development seminars aimed at those faculty teaching the undergraduate humanities curriculum. On-line conference was September 2-6, 2003. Conference papers are posted at the website.