Cutting across disciplines and area studies
The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies provides an intellectual meeting ground for critical and self-reflexive conversations that cut across conventional academic disciplines and traditional area studies.
The program sponsors activities that bring the Asia-Pacific into global conversations about the most pressing issues we face in the contemporary world, while at the same time reflecting on the significance of the past for us today.
While the “Asia-Pacific” signifies a geographical region of the world, we recognize that it is ultimately an imaginary space whose boundaries are subject to negotiation and which may shift according to the issues we encounter. In a rough sense, however, we promote knowledge of Asia and its geographically contiguous Pacific region, while also addressing the presence of Asia and Asian populations in North America and throughout the world.