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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

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Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Elizabeth Yen Tzu Liew is named a 2024 Elizabeth Spann Award recipient!

Congratulations to first-year MAIA student Elizabeth Yen Tzu Liew on being named a recipient of the 2024 Elizabeth Spann Award

Liz is one of 11 students to receive the award from the College of Arts, Language & Letters. This award will enable her to present her research, “A Desire to Belong: Deconstructing the Complexities of the Chinese Indonesian identity,” at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this July. 

Born to a Chinese Indonesian mother, Liz noticed her family members identified differently – some as Chinese, others as Chinese-Indonesians, while a handful did not feel they belonged in any of these categories. Her research explores the complexities of the Chinese Indonesian identity, and the spectrum of hybridity within their hybrid identities that further complicates our understanding of their identities. Her paper also presents the notion that the Chinese Indonesian identity does not fit into conventional nationalism theories that box identities into single frameworks. 

With Indonesia’s increasing strategic geopolitical value in the U.S-China relationship, this paper will be an interesting piece to highlight in her capstone where she will present a series of research papers related to China’s soft power strategies, engagements and policies across Asia-Pacific and the Chinese diaspora. 

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