Who We Are
The Department of Asian Studies is dedicated to an academic study of Asia that aims to transform its students and faculty intellectually, professionally, and personally. We strive to communicate our research on Asia with nuance and context, informed by deep local knowledge, global perspective, and collaboration. We encourage our students to study language intensively and to study abroad. Our curricula strive to build students’ capacity for independent inquiry and research, for critical thinking, and for superior written and oral communication in a globalized world.
What We’re Fundraising For
We want to provide additional resources in three areas:
Student scholarships for study abroad and language study—The chance to live and study abroad has a magical effect on students' perspectives and hearts. When combined with language study, students build an informed and intelligent empathy about others that they carry with them after graduation.
Asia-related events—Our department tries to support many student-led events related to Asia and Asian Studies. Sometimes that means providing funds to student organizations; other times we help students realize their goal to hold a cultural event, show a film, or invite a speaker.
Student and faculty travel—Both students and faculty in our department receive invitations to travel for conferences, for competitions, or for research. Funding to support students and faculty to pursue these opportunities makes further academic and professional goals possible.
Support for student scholarships might enable a student to take a summer language course. One student, Louis Cohen writes, "Delving into South Asian studies has been deeply enriching part of my time at college, and I am grateful for the multiple ways, from visiting the Houston Jain community to learning Sanskrit last summer, that the department has helped me explore my interests." Funding for Asia-related events allows groups such as the Longhorn Malayali Student Association to celebrate Onam, a unique holiday about equality and fraternity in Kerala, India. Help with travel expenses could allow our awesome Japanese language instructors to attend the International Academic Forum to share their pedagogical work with other professionals.