Funding Priority

Connect Carolina To Asia

The mission of the Carolina Asia Center is to positively transform our understanding of and relationship with Asia and to equip students and others with the knowledge of Asia to assume leadership roles. By developing resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs, we advance our core beliefs of knowledge, innovation and leadership.

The work of the Carolina Asia CenterOpens in new window includes collaborations with professional schools, departments, centers, and student organizations as well as with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs on Asia. Funding for travel abroad to Asia is supported by the Phillips Ambassadors program, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship, or the Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies.

Our Modern Indian Studies InitiativeOpens in new window, if realized, will drive direct, measurable impact in North Carolina, the U.S., and beyond. The initiative will draw on the state’s strong education, research and innovation ecosystems to foster new linkages and partnerships between North Carolina and India, further strengthening important economic ties. Carolina’s Modern Indian Studies initiative will help provide a truly global education through support for the Modern Indian Studies Endowment, instructional support and experiential learning and student support.

Southern MixOpens in new window was inspired by Asian American alumni, and will focus on collecting oral histories from Asian and Asian American residents of the Triangle, of North Carolina, and of the larger region of the South, in collaboration with the Southern Oral History ProgramOpens in new window and the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic DiversityOpens in new window. Southern Mix also aims to expand the University’s educational offerings on diverse Asian American experiences at Carolina and in the region. This will be accomplished by growing undergraduate and graduate student research into Asian American history and society, and increasing the number of courses on these topics offered on campus.

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