The East-West Center and
The Asian Studies Development Program
For over 50 years the East-West Center (EWC) has continued to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region. Their outreach is detailed in the 2013 annual report.
The Center's 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center's Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.
The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) is a joint program of the University of Hawai'i and the East-West Center. It was initiated in 1990 with a mission to infuse Asian content and perspectives into the core curriculum at American two-year and four-year colleges and universities through programs that help faculty expand and refine their knowledge and teaching of Asia. The founders of ASDP are Elizabeth Buck, at the East-West Center, and Roger T. Ames, at the University of Hawaii. Co-Directors Peter Hershock, of the East-West Center, and Ned Shultz, Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Programs and Exchange, currently lead ASDP.
The ASDP network now includes more than 400 colleges in 49 states, with 20 schools designated as ASDP regional centers. Middlesex Community College, through the leadership of President Carole Cowan was the first ASDP Regional Center in 1991.
ASDP offers summer residential institutes in Honolulu and workshops at mainland colleges designed to enhance teaching about Asia and support curriculum development; field studies in Asia; program support for ASDP regional centers that serve as mentoring campuses in their area; outreach on an on-going basis to ASDP alumni and other interested faculty through the ASDP newsletter; and an Internet discussion list.