East Asia at Berkeley

The Campanile

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

Berkeley Student Journal of Asian Studies
The Berkeley Student Journal of Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary student journal at CAL. Their mission is to broaden the study of Asia across disciplinary lines and expand the Asian Studies community by promoting leadership and scholarship of Asia.

National Center for K-16 Chinese Language Pedagogy
The National Center for K-16 Chinese Language Pedagogy cooperates with K-12 school-district partners, collegiate programs, non-profit institutions, and Berkeley faculty to develop coordinated programs that can be replicated across the state and nation. It focuses on developing curriculum guidelines at all levels, analyzing and recommending teachings materials, and developing best practices in the teaching of Chinese language and culture, with a particular emphasis on programs to strengthen the pipeline of qualified students who can enroll in advanced courses at the college level.

Group in Asian Studies
The Group in Asian Studies (GAS) administers an interdisciplinary program leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Students focus on South, Southeast, or East Asia, and design programs of study that draw on campus-wide expertise pertinent to their interests. The Group in Asian Studies also offers joint M.A. degree programs with Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and the School of Law, Boalt Hall.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) offers a comprehensive curriculum in the languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia for undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty research and teaching interests range from pre-modern literary, artistic, and religious expression to contemporary writing, film, linguistics, and popular culture. Doctoral programs and undergraduate majors are offered in Chinese and Japanese; minors in Korean and Buddhist Studies are available as well. Multi-year training in classical and modern languages is provided annually to more than two thousand students in all East Asian disciplines on campus, both during the regular academic year and in ten-week intensive summer language workshops.

Center for Chinese Studies
Center for Japanese Studies
Center for Korean Studies
The Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies organize and sponsor research and public service programs related to the history, cultures and contemporary affairs of East Asia.

Center for Buddhist Studies and Group in Buddhist Studies
The Center for Buddhist Studies oversees a variety of research programs, scholarly events, and outreach activities, often in collaboration with units on and off campus. Activities include a colloquium series, a visiting scholar program, a film series (with the PFA), the Numata Visiting Professorship, and the International Buddhist Film Festival (with the Buddhist Film Society). The Group in Buddhist Studies, which is comprised of faculty from the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, South and Southeast Asian Studies, History of Art, and Psychology offers an interdisciplinary program of study and research leading to a Ph.D. degree in Buddhist Studies.

Inter University Program for Chinese Language Studies
The Inter University Program (IUP) is the premier US-sponsored language program for students and scholars to achieve advanced competence in written and spoken Chinese.

Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad
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. Through UC's Education Abroad Program, nearly 800 Berkeley students studied abroad in 2008-09. Nearly a quarter of these attended programs in East Asia.

International House
The International House (I-House), founded in 1928, is a residential and program center dedicated to fostering understanding and friendship among students and scholars of all nations.

Asian Survey
The only academic journal of its kind produced in the United States, Asian Survey provides a comprehensive retrospective of contemporary international relations within Central, South, 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.

University of California Press
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.

The Berkeley Art Museum
The Berkeley Art Museum contains over 1,000 hanging scrolls, screens, fans, and ceramics from China and Japan with rich holdings in Yangchow painting, Nanga painting and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as the Bernard-Murray Collection of Tibetan thangkas, painted mandalas, and bronze sculpture. The museum actively collects contemporary Asian art, with important recent acquisitions by Xu Bing, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, and Zhang Huan.

Pacific Film Archive
The Pacific Film Archive (PFA) has a longstanding commitment to the exhibition and collection of Asian film. It houses the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan, with particular strengths in works from the 1950s and 1960s, including major works by Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu and others. The PFA has presented major film series from Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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.

Cal Performances
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 also hosted the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan as well as Japan's Kōdō drummers and Sankai Juku, a Butō dance company. They also co-commissioned a new production of the Peony Pavillion, one of the great dramas of the Tang dynasty, directed by Peter Sellers.

Asia Business Center

International and Area Studies Academic Program

Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS)

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