University of Iowa

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Welcome to the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

"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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Grants 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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In the News

A language tour of Japan, Wenfang Tang 

In late July and early August of 2017, we took a 10-day trip to Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Our group consisted of 6 faculty members from the University of Iowa. The purpose of the trip was to make us more aware of Japanese culture so we can include Japanese elements in our future teaching and research. My expectation wasn’t high. Until the trip ended, I didn’t expect to learn anything to fundamentally change my view of Japan in 10 days.

In the Spotlight: Japan Foundation Grant

The University of Iowa was awarded a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant for the academic years 2015-19. Over the past few years, the grant has supported various projects, and matched by several university units, has transformed the study of Japan at the UI.

The overarching vision of the project is this: How does traditional, or premodern, Japanese culture continue to affect contemporary culture, and how does contemporary technology allow us to understand more deeply premodern Japanese culture?

Learn more about Japan Foundation Grant outcomes.