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Why Study Asia?

  • Asia is important demographically: 57% of the world's population lives in Asia.
  • Asia is important economically: Asian economies represent approximately 1/3 of the World Gross National Product. Since the early 1980’s the US has done more trade across the Pacific than across the Atlantic. More than 80% of the U.S. global trade deficit is with Asian countries. 
  • Asia is important historically:  Asia is the birthplace of four major world religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto, and Confucianism. Asian civilizations and American concerns have been intertwined through history.
  • Asia is important culturally:  Asian societies have made innumerable and fascinating contributions in architecture, art, textiles, landscape, theatre, music, dance, and film.
  • Asia-knowledge significantly enhances your employment prospects, and the opportunities to work internationally. Students with Asia-knowledge are highly valued in government, in policy analysis, throughout commerce and service industries.