What is IEAS?

UC Berkeley is one of the premier institutions for the study of East Asia in the United States. The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at UC Berkeley promotes teaching and research on East Asia in all disciplines and professional programs. The Institute and its regional centers sponsor a wide variety of activities including academic seminars and colloquia series, public lectures, cultural events, and other programs that facilitate deeper understanding of the Asia- Pacific region. It is the mission of the Institute to foster interaction among the academic, business, and professional communities on issues related to East Asia. facebook icon
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News & Announcements

  • Living on Borrowed Time: Opium in Canton, 1906-1936 is now available. This comprehensive microhistory by Xavier Paulès examines the infamous drug from the perspective of material, political, economic, and social history.
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  • David Keightley, 1932–2017 Our colleague, Professor Emeritus in History David Keightley, passed away February 23, 2017. He died peacefully in his sleep.
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  • James Bosson, 1933–2016 James Bosson, 19332016 The UC Berkeley community is saddened by the recent death of James Bosson, a specialist in Mongolian Studies. An obituary for Professor Bosson and a personal recollection from one of his students can be found on the Mongolia Initiative website.
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  • Cahill Digital Archive The China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou has recently launched a Cahill Digital Archive. The site hosts the Cahill video lecture series for viewers in China.