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Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

I. Background

In the early 1920s, departments of Chinese and Japanese were created, which merged into an Oriental Institute in 1935. By 1930, the UHM ranked third among U.S. colleges & universities in the number of Asia-related courses it offered. In 1931, the UH regents established a School of Pacific & Oriental Affairs. In 1978, UHM was awarded the first National Resource Center for East Asian Studies (NRCEA) by the U.S. Department of Education. With two brief hiatuses, UHM has been recognized as an NRCEA continuously since then. The Council for Chinese Studies was established in 1979 to articulate, integrate, and support various university resources related to the study of China. The Council was formally re-organized as the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) in 1985. The UHM Center for Chinese Studies is currently constituted of 58 professorial rank faculty and 5 instructors specializing in Chinese studies in 20+ disciplines and professional schools, offering 150+ courses at BA, MA, and PhD levels to nearly 200 student majors. It is the largest such training and research center in the world outside of Asia.

II. China-Related Highlights at UHM

UHM is the only university in the nation to have support from the U.S. Department of Education for a  National Resource Center for East Asia (NRCEA), National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), and Center for International Business and Educational Research (CIBER), concurrently.

CCS Fact Sheet

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