The Center for Asian Studies was established to enhance the study of the many countries and cultures within Asia at the University of California, Irvine and to provide a forum for discussions across geographic and disciplinary boundaries both within UCI and in the larger community.

The Center brings together and draws upon the expertise of faculty throughout the university to create opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to explore Asian topics, culture, and travel in order to develop advanced language skills and to acquire both a broad and a deep perspective on the region.

The center is composed of more than 40 UCI faculty members, representing five schools and 10 departments across campus, who have a specialization on one or more of five Asian sub-areas: China, Japan, Korea, South Asia and Southeast Asia.