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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Past Events

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Webinar: Protests, Military Coup, and Burma's Future

September 22 | 12:00 p.m.

Featuring Maxime Boutry, Associate Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

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Webinar: Seeing Asian American Life through the Video Essay

September 23 | 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual panel and screening with video essayist Kevin B. Lee, whose work both demonstrates how one can use the arts, literature, theory, and history to offer an understanding of human experience—in this case, of Korean Americans and other ethnic groups—and illustrates a relatively new form of research, the video essay.

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In the News

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies to host virtual lecture on the future of Burma - Sept. 22

Join the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies on September 22, 2021, at 12 p.m. for a virtual lecture titled "Protests, Military Coup, and Burma’s Future" with special guest Maxime Boutry, associate researcher in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France.