The University of Iowa

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Welcome to the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Open Letter to our University Community on anti-Asian harm 

CAPS Statement of Solidarity

"Our current mission – building on the strong leadership of a series of trailblazing directors – is creating a hub for movements of peoples and ideas to share knowledge on Asia and to advance teaching and research collaboration that transcend all boundaries for a new dynamism in our understanding of present-day Asian realities.

Join us! Contact our associate director, Dongwang Liu, at to be put on the CAPS email list. You will then be assured of receiving all updates on our programs and events. I look forward to meeting you soon."

- Professor Cynthia Chou, Director of CAPS

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Teaching and Research

CAPS teaches over 200 courses of Asian languages and cultures in different departments and colleges.

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Our Faculty

CAPS is home to distinguished faculty and scholars whose expertise contribute to the mission of the center.

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Awards and Funding Opportunities

CAPS provides funding opportunities to both faculty and students who study or do research in this area.

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Upcoming Events

CAPS sponsors or co-sponsors multiple events throughout the year, including lectures, readings, conferences, and more.

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Webinar: In Solidarity with Asians and Pacific Islanders in America

This event took place on April 28.  Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are on the rise. Current reports of harassment and challenges experienced by AAPI individuals across the country reflect a historical legacy of anti-Asian sentiments that impacts us today. What resources are available to address anti-AAPI biases and violence? What can we do to support AAPI communities? 

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In the News

Webinar series to look at Pandemic through the Asian experience, Sept. 18 & 25

Join International Programs, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Iowa Global Health Network for a special two-part webinar series "Pandemic, State & Society" (September 18 & 25) bringing together voices from Asia to discuss first-hand experiences with the coronavirus.

Pandemic, State & Society Webinar Series

Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lock-downs, and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience a resurgence of infection due to the myopic and uneven response to forgotten communities. Beyond the spread of the disease itself, the broad scope of the pandemic has had far-reaching social and cultural consequences. Various political parties and groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and Germany continue to refer to the “Chinese virus," politicizing a public health crisis and prompting violence against people presumed to be Asian. 

On September 18 and 25, 2020, International Programs, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and the Iowa Global Health Network hosted this two-part webinar series.


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