The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) was established at the University of Iowa (UI) in recognition of the steadily increasing interdependence of the nations of the world, and in anticipation of a new Century of the Pacific - a century in which much of the world's political and economic center of gravity is expected to shift toward the countries along the Asian rim of the Pacific.

Like other area centers at the UI, CAPS seeks to enrich the intellectual life of faculty, students, and the community at large; to enhance research, teaching, and outreach activities at the UI; and to encourage collaboration and exchange among members of the wider CAPS community. Like the university of which it is a part, CAPS understands itself to have teaching, research, and service missions.

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Upcoming Events

A Conversation with an Alumnus presented by UIOWA Japanese Program and CAPS promotional image

A Conversation with an Alumnus presented by UIOWA Japanese Program and CAPS

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Phillips Hall
"Japanese for Professional Purposes" with Grier Patterson, presented by the UIowa Japanese Program and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies: Grier Patterson (Class of 1985) is Vice President of TBS International, Inc. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Asian Languages and Literatures. He will speak about his global professional experiences from his earlier career to the present and take questions from the audience. Please note: A limited number of seats are available for...
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Three Sinophone Writers Read From and Talk About Their Work

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Chinese-language authors Qi Jin, Chun Sue, and Chu He-Chih will be reading from their work in Chinese, accompanied by English translations. Qi Jin Nian is a widely published young novelist based in Chengdu. Novelist and poet Chun Sue, who gained fame with her first book Beijing Doll, currently writes in Berlin. Chu He-Chih has dedicated himself to creating fiction drawn from Taiwan’s history. A conversation with the writers will follow the reading. The event will take place in the Main Library...
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"Pleats of Time - We Are Here"

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:30pm
University of Iowa Main Library
"Pleats of Time – We Are Here" is a monumental project that will keep the "present" of IWP 2022 Fall Residency writers permanently here as a protest against oblivion and resistance to the irreversibility of time. Using cutting-edge technologies such as binaural recording and geo-positioning systems, writers' physicality sticks to the audience's eardrums, and the view before their eyes swells with the scent of another time. The audience will enjoy the "poetic" texture born in the pleats of time...
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Funding Opportunities

Faculty Funding Opportunities
CAPS provides opportunities for faculty who want to take their scholarship abroad. 

Graduate Student Funding
Graduate student funding is available to support those pursuing research, international studies, and travel.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships
Study abroad scholarships are available for travel to East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region.

Contact Us

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5500
USA

Phone: (319) 335-1305
Fax: (319) 335-0280
E-mail: caps@uiowa.edu