Asian Studies Program

Asian Studies at Kennesaw State University is a growing campus-wide interdisciplinary program that offers an Asian Studies Minor, organizes Asian Studies lectures, promotes Asia-related events and activities, encourages study abroad to Asia, as well as fosters interdisciplinary academic research. Asian Studies is housed in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department (ISD) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research and service related to the people in and from Asia. KSU Asian Studies program organizes Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), the largest Asia business conference in the South. A new BA in Asian Studies is forthcoming.

Programs Offered

Asian Studies explores diverse topics and themes on linguistic, literary, cultural, philosophic-religious, aesthetic, social, institutional-political, educational and other related spheres of Asian people and civilization. The program also endeavors to explain the complex interactions among them in terms of both tradition and transformation. Some emphasis is placed not only on the cultural diversity, unity and achievements of Asian countries but also on the comparative and interdisciplinary ways of promoting a broader and deeper understanding of the East. This enterprise may shed new light on Western civilizations, histories, traditions, cultures and modern changes. We offer a 15-credit Asian Studies Minor, open to all majors. In addition, we have proposed an Asian Studies Major with four career-oriented concentrations.

Asian Studies Lecture Series

A must see event for our program is the KSU Asian Studies Lecture Series. We believe these presentations strengthen the Asian Studies Program, facilitate faculty collaboration in research and grant application, and provide a space for knowledge dissemination. KSU faculty and visiting scholars will present their research, grants, and creative projects. Each presentation is about 30-minute, followed by Q&A with the audience. All presentations are free of charge, and all faculty, staff, students and members in the community are welcome to attend. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Dr. Yanghee Kim, Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, is the Chair of this initiative. If you are interested in presenting your research/project, please kindly send (1) a 200-word abstract; (2) a 150-word bio; and (3) three learning objectives for presentation attendees to Dr. Yanghee Kim (

Fall 2015 Schedule

Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm, in SO-1022AB

September 1, 2015
Henry Yu, Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank

Asia Pacific Economic Growth: AIIB, TPP, and Others

October 13, 2015
Mr. Yoshi Domoto, Executive Director, Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG)

Trends of Japanese Investments in Georgia: How You Can Get Involved.

November 17, 2015 - Location: SO 1021
Dr. Ming Chen, Professor of Theater, Kennesaw State University
Peking Opera


Spring 2015 Speakers

Fall 2014 Speakers

Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)

Inaugurated in 2011, the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO) has become the largest Asia business conference in South. SAUPO enjoys a growing influence in strengthening investment and relationship between Asia and the U.S., for that we received recognition from The White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), Georgia Asian Times, Asian American Heritage Foundation, and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

As an interdisciplinary conference SAUPO will present a global platform of five-way dialogue among business leaders, scholars, diplomats, government officials, and non-profit practitioners. Previous SAUPO conferences and workshops have demonstrated resounding success with outstanding attendees worldwide.


Visit the SAUPO website