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

  • Gender and Class in Contemporary South Korea: Intersectionality and Transnationality, edited by Hae Yeon Choo, John Lie, and Laura C. Nelson is now available.

    This volume’s contributors provide a rich and nuanced description of the shifting terrain of gender and class in South Korea.

  • Uk Heo named new editor for Asian Survey

    The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that Dr. Uk Heo, Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been chosen as the new Editor of the journal Asian Survey.


  • The 30th quarterly issue of our open-access e‑journal Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review is now online.

    This special issue on “Air-Water-Land-Human: Environment and Health in Modern East Asia,” guest edited by Ruth Rogaski (Vanderbilt), brings together five research articles and a related photo essay by Gerald Figal (Vanderbilt). The articles by William Johnston (Wesleyan), Mary Augusta Brazelton (Cambridge), Ruth Rogaski, Janelle Lamoreaux (Arizona), and Bo Wang (Lausanne) highlight areas where East Asian cases can make crucial contributions as specific as the historical epidemiology of a single disease or as sweeping as the theorizing of new forms of environmental activism. This issue also includes review essays by David R. Ambaras (North Carolina State), Kwangmin Kim (U Colorado, Boulder), Nadia Y. Kim (Loyola Marymount), and Anne Walthall (UC Irvine).

  • 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