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Director's Note


Dear University of Utah Asian Studies Community,

Warm Autumn greetings! We hope that this inaugural newsletter and those to come will keep you apprised and engaged in the initiatives and accomplishments of the University’s Asia Center.

In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for our students, faculty, alumnae and staff who have tirelessly persevered and innovated in the face of challenges and uncertainties caused by COVID19, creating virtual learning communities and conducting research that engages with Asia’s rich, complex history and its contemporary regional and global challenges. We are especially excited to welcome three new faculty affiliates to the Asia Center this year. This quarterly newsletter will profile just a few of the impressive achievements of our faculty, as well as a spotlighted student and alumna.

Through support from our U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, as well as funding from other sources such as the Korea Foundation, Japan Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation and Confucius Institute, the Asia Center continues to sponsor curriculum, events and outreach to enrich understanding and appreciation of Asia at the University, in Utah K-12 schools and the broader community. This fall, the Asia Center has cosponsored events highlighting diverse responses to COVID19 around the globe; lectures on the global pandemic in India, and in Wuhan, China, can be viewed here.   

We hope that you will follow us on social media in order to receive more frequent updates and invitations to Asia Center events. Please feel free to contact us to share your ideas. We would love to hear from you.

Be well and good wishes,


Professor Kim Korinek, Asia Center Director



Last Updated: 11/12/20