East Asian Studies at IU
Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Though Mike Robinson is a well-published scholar distinguished for his research, his work has been especially defined by his focus on students. Beyond his specialty, Korean nationalism, Robinson has taught courses on transnational pop culture, Asian American experiences, and contemporary East Asia. At times his teaching and outreach efforts have led him and his students far from the university—even far from Indiana.
The vibrant and expanding community of faculty and students in East Asian studies spans more than 20 departments and professional schools on the Bloomington campus. East Asian studies at Indiana University is home to the following:
- A top-ranked East Asian languages and cultures program;
- U.S. Department of Education East Asia National Resource Center Consortium with a partner center at the University of Illinois;
- Chinese Flagship Program for undergraduates; and
- Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business.
More than 220 courses with East Asian content are offered each year, with especially strong expertise in modern and contemporary societies, gender and sexuality, language pedagogy, politics, business, and education. Search keyword EALC in the schedule of classes for a partial list of East Asian content courses offered this semester.
IU’s long-standing commitment to foreign language study and to East Asia-focused scholarship brings a wealth of resources to its students and faculty, ranging from state-of-the art language and technology labs to the East Asian Collection of the Herman B Wells Library and the special collections of the Kinsey Institute. As a university-wide center, EASC connects with East-Asia focused programs on other IU campuses. These include IUPUI's Confucius Institute in Indianapolis and the Western Medicine in China, 1800-1950 project.
Interaction and collaboration with East Asian faculty and students are fostered by the institutional exchange programs that engage some 2,000 students and researchers each year.
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