Published: Oct. 17, 2019

2019 marks the 20thanniversary of the Center for Asian Studies. College of Arts & Sciences Dean Jim White, Asian studies faculty members from across campus and the Colorado Front Range, distinguished guests such as Consul General of Japan Midori Takeuchi and Denver Art Museum’s Curator of Asian Art Tianlong Jiao, and many others helped CAS celebrate the occasion at our annual reception on September 20.

We thought this would be a nice opportunity to look back at CAS activities since 1999. 

CAS by the numbers:

Over $22,000,000 – Amount of external funding brought to campus by CAS and our partners at the Program for Teaching East Asia and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese

1200-1500 – Average number of attendees to CAS-hosted events each year, including faculty, students, staff, and broader community members

600 – Estimated total number of events hosted by CAS since inception, with an average of 30-40 events per year

118 – Students have visited China on Global Seminars taught by CU faculty members with generous scholarship support from the Tang Family Endowment

28 – Visiting Scholars hosted by CAS, from universities in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, France, and Germany

12 – Students who have worked in companies in Asia through the Asia Internship Program: 8 students have interned in Tokyo since the Japan program’s founding in 2016;  4 interned in Shanghai this summer, the first year of our China program

11 – Tenure-track faculty lines have been secured with CAS grant funding, in departments such as Asian Languages and Civilizations, Art & Art History, Geography, History, University Libraries, and Political Science; plus three instructor positions

7 – Issues of the Colorado Journal of Asian Studies (established in 2012) published by the Center, with 33 student papers

1 – Number of rooms CAS occupies in the new CASE Building in the middle of campus since our move in August. Stop by for a visit!

We thank you for your engagement and support over our first 20 years. We’ve got more research and curricular initiatives in the works, so we hope you’ll stick around to see what comes next!