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Asian Studies Program

Asia is a dynamic world region and its cultures and societies are a complex mix of both ancient traditions and modern ideas. Asia has the fastest growing economy in the world and is the birthplace of many of our new technologies. Asia is rapidly changing, democratizing, and internationalizing in ways that present both perils and possibilities for people across the globe.

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that helps students understand the diverse histories, politics, economies, cultures, religions, arts and literatures of Asia. In the Villanova Asian Studies Program, undergraduates learn to examine the world and themselves through the lens of another language and culture. The program encourages in-depth study while also promoting more general inquiry into fundamental issues, such as cultural difference and its social and political implications. The program offers them not only specialized knowledge and appreciation of a region that has had, and will undoubtedly continue to have, a profound impact on the material and spiritual wellbeing of humanity but also prepares them to play their own roles in the Asian Century.

We have many exciting and informative events throughout the year, please visit our events page for more information.

The Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies condemns the racist murders of Asian Americans in Atlanta this week. The murders represent the most recent example of hatred and violence directed against people of Asian descent here in the United States and elsewhere. We acknowledge that these events are the manifestation of misogynistic, racist stereotyping that have their roots in the longstanding demonization of Asian women. We want to recognize that these attacks are a continuation of a long history of violence and exclusion that has been driven by inflammatory rhetoric targeting Asian Americans over the last year. Our Department has zero tolerance for such attitudes.
We stand in solidarity with the Asian American community and condemn the hate crimes perpetrated against them. In the face of these attacks that target a specific community, we acknowledge our collective responsibility to support Villanovans who are of Asian descent. Our hearts go out to those of you who are feeling vulnerable and hurt and we invite you to reach out to Department faculty or staff for any way we can provide support.  

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Dr. HaiLin Zhou

Director, Asian Studies
Teaching Professor, Chinese Studies
Garey Hall Rm 34
Phone: (610) 519-6996

Ms. Joyce Harden
Administrative/Events Assistant
Garey 036
Phone: 610-519-6302