University of Iowa

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Welcome to the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) at the University of Iowa. The mission of CAPS is to promote teaching, research, and outreach related to East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific area. The Center was established in 1986 with a generous endowment gift from E & M Charities and the Stanley family of Muscatine, Iowa. CAPS has also received major gifts from the Hua Hsia Foundation, Taipei, and the Korea Foundation, Seoul, in support of endowed professorships in Chinese and Korean studies. In January 2002, CAPS was awarded a four-year grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, to expand hiring of faculty and staff in East Asian studies, fund outreach and study abroad programs, and promote undergraduate education on Asia. The Freeman Foundation grant was renewed in 2008 for an additional three years to promote teaching and research on East and Southeast Asia on campus and beyond. In addition, a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) grant, also funded by the Freeman Foundation, was renewed for the 9th and 10th years to conduct workshops for secondary school teachers who teach world geography, world history, and world literature in Iowa and surrounding states.

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