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The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) is the focal point of research and teaching on the Asian/Pacific region at Duke University. Started in 1981, today APSI has more than 40 core faculty members at Duke and 20 affiliated faculty members from regional universities. It is the largest center for research and teaching on East Asia in the Southeast. APSI is also the home of the Global East Asia Studies Center, a Title VI National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center sponsors conferences, research, and teaching initiatives, as well as administering federal Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program funding for qualified students.
APSI has defined four major components to its mission:
1. To foster an academic community that ranks in the top tier among US universities
2. To provide or promote the highest standards of undergraduate and graduate education in East Asian studies
3. To develop a robust community of East Asia-related scholarship, and to promote awareness of East Asian culture in the Duke and Triangle communities
4. To be the primary regional provider of academic and cultural resources relating to East Asia to schools, colleges, and universities in the southeastern United States.
APSI supports a dynamic group of faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines and is unique in the range of interdisciplinary interests of the faculty. Duke’s East Asian studies faculty offer comprehensive coverage of East Asian politics, societies, history, and cultures. The faculty’s research concentrations in East Asian colonialism, East Asian political economy, Japanese history, and modern Chinese literature, film and cultural studies are among the deepest in the nation.
APSI hosts a highly successful MA program in East Asian studies. There is also an MA/JD program. Graduates of the programs have gone on to jobs in law, multinational business, education, and the federal government; they have also been very successful at placing into PhD programs.
Through its Title VI grant and from its own funds, APSI offers support for a wide range of East Asian studies-related initiatives. These include travel and research funds for undergraduates; FLAS fellowships and other research support for graduate students; a vibrant visiting scholars program; research, travel, and course development support for faculty; funds for conferences, colloquia, and study groups; a long-running speaker series and a highly successful film series; support for live performances and visiting artists; and the southeast’s most comprehensive program of community outreach to elementary, middle, and secondary schools, as well as to regional colleges and universities and to the general public.