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

  • Planning to attend AAS in Denver?Visit IEAS at the AAS Conference in Denver, 22-24 March 2019. IEAS books will be at booth 502, with the Cross-Currents journal adjoining at booth 504.

  • Andrew Jones receives Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award

    Congratulations to Professor Andrew Jones, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and member of the IEAS Executive Committee, on winning a 2019 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award.


  • Zainichi Literature: Japanese Writing by Ethnic Koreans, edited by UC Professor of Sociology John Lie, is now available.

    This collection of translated works highlights a selection of writings by Zainichi (diasporic Koreans in Japan).

  • The 29th quarterly issue of our open-access e‑journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now online. This special issue on “Diasporic Art and Korean Identity,” guest edited by Hijoo Son and Jooyeon Rhee, brings together three research articles, a visual essay by photographer Michael Vince Kim, and an interview with visual artist, filmmaker, and professor Y. David Chung to explore new delineations of the political, social, cultural, and emotional landscapes inhabited by those living in the Korean diaspora.


  • IEAS Receives New Four-year U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant Berkeley’s programs in Chinese and Japanese studies, established over 125 years ago, are among the most developed in the nation. This new Title VI grant focuses on building those areas of its East Asian studies program that are less well developed—mainly Tibetan, Korean and Cantonese studies, and