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CCS is a research unit within the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), which was established in 1978 to augment the established instructional and research programs by promoting research on the histories, cultures and contemporary affairs of East Asia.

The Group in Asian Studies, an interdisciplinary program, also under IEAS, grants Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in Asian studies. Those interested in the degree program are encouraged to contact the Group in Asian Studies.

The history of Asian Studies at Berkeley is the subject of a UC Berkeley Library virtual exhibit: A Hundred Harvests.

Berkeley's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures traces its history to 1872 when Edward Tompkins, one of the founders of the University of California, presented the new university with its first endowed chair, the Agassiz Professorship of Oriental Languages and Literatures. Currently, the department offers a large number of language, literature, and culture courses on China, Japan, and Korea.

The University Art Museum houses a collection of traditional Chinese paintings and scrolls, a number of which are permanently on display. Professor James Cahill, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, has worked for many years with museum curators to collect and maintain this impressive collection.

Adjacent to the University Art Museum, the Pacific Film Archive collects, maintains, and presents a growing number of Chinese films each year. The Archive cooperates with the San Francisco Chinese Film Festival annually, showing newly-produced and revival films over a two-week period.

Cal Performances frequently sponsors programs focused on East Asia. In recent years, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has performed and participated in extensive residency activities with his Silk Road Ensemble. Cal Performances has hosted the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan as well as Japan's Kōdō drummers and Sankai Juku, a Butō dance company. More recently they also hosted the National Ballet of China performing Zhang Yimou's "Raise the Red Lantern" and the Beijing People's Art Theater performing Lao She's "Teahouse."

International House, home to six hundred foreign and American students and scholars, is a locus for multi-cultural activities. During the year, I-House supports an Asian Cultural Night and a Lunar New Year celebration. These events are broadly advertised to students, staff faculty, and scholars throughout the Berkeley campus.

Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad (BPSA) is the UC Berkeley resource center for the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP). For over 40 years EAP has been sending students abroad for the challenge and adventure of a lifetime. In the 2003-2004 academic year, UC Berkeley sent over 800 students on programs that provide the skills and awareness necessary for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

The only academic journal of its kind produced in the United States, Asian Survey provides a comprehensive retrospective of contemporary international relations within Central, Southeast, and East Asian nations. Asian Survey consistently publishes articles by leading American and foreign scholars, whose views supplement and contest meanings disseminated by the media. Journal coverage ranges in scope from diplomacy, disarmament, missile defense, military, and modernization, to ethnicity, ethnic violence, economic nationalism, general elections, and global capitalism.

A part of its extensive publishing program, which includes over 150 new titles annually, the University of California Press publishes an extensive list of books pertaining to East Asia. These originate from a variety of different disciplines, including Art, Religion, Anthropology, Politics, History, Film, and Sociology. UC Press has come to be recognized as a leading publisher of Asian studies among university presses, and is well-known for its high quality works in contemporary Japanese, Chinese, and Korean studies.

Founded in 1901, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology preserves more than 6,000 items from China and Japan, represented by well-documented field collections, and a smaller collection from Korea. The collections, which continue to grow through new acquisitions, include most varieties of regional artifact forms and media and are especially rich in textiles and ceramics. Other important holdings include jade and cloisonné from China, and netsuke and fans from Japan. The museum maintains public galleries for rotating exhibits and interpretive programs. Its collections are available by appointment to researchers.

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