Japan Council:Kansas City

KU Center East Asian Studies


Founded in 1959, the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Kansas (KU), remains the only such center in the Great Plains region. The excellence of our faculty, depth of our East Asian Library, and strong institutional support, combined with the long-term stability of our program, make CEAS an invaluable regional and national resource.

The mission of CEAS is to produce specialists in East Asian languages and cultures and provide expertise on these cultures to the state, region, and nation. The Center supports teaching, faculty and student research, and the development of library and media resources. It offers an array of programs to enhance the educational experience of students at KU and share our resources with the community, K-12 and post-secondary educators, civic groups, government, and business.

Year Established: 1959



E-letters with East Asia events and announcements are available. To sign up, contact Megan Phelps, mephelps@ku.edu

Main Activities: CEAS provides curricular initiatives, faculty development, student support, conferences, symposia, exhibitions, performances, and electronic publication. The Center supports interdisciplinary teaching and the creation of new East Asian courses. To students it offers advising, recognition, and scholarships.CEAS offers frequent special events that are open to the public, including lectures and films.

Main Contacts: For general inquires, contact Megan Phelps, mephelps@ku.edu, 785-864-1457 For information about K-12 activities and resources, contact Randi Hacker, rhacker@ku.edu, 785-864-3832