hearn_flyerLafacadio Hearn Book & Art Exhibition
Lecture by Bon Koizumi &
Opening Ceremony followed by Reception
Oct 18, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Jones Hall, Tulane University

lanternsWelcome to Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program was established in 1981 to provide students with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Asian cultures and languages with a primary focus on China, Japan, and Vietnam. The program works across departments to bring together a wide range of courses and methodological approaches to area studies.  We currently have approximately 30 undergraduate majors and approximately 80 to 100 students each term enrolled in both the Japanese and Chinese language programs.  Each year we send Tulane graduates to graduate programs and prestigious governmental and professional positions related to Asia.

The rapid economic growth and increasing cultural influence of Asian countries have made Asian Studies an area of increasing interest for students and scholars around the world. Tulane's Asian Studies program aims to equip students with an understanding of the languages, cultures and peoples of Asia through study and collaboration with our growing faculty, who are engaged in world-class research in anthropology, cultural, cinematic, and literary studies, history, linguistics, sociology, and other fields. Our program focuses primarily on China, Japan, and Vietnam; in particular, we are proud to draw upon the strengths of our local New Orleans community in our support of the study of Vietnamese language and culture.

Read our Mission Statement.

Degrees and Curriculum

Currently we offer a Coordinate Major in Asian Studies, the requirements of which are two courses in an Asian language (students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language may substitute other Asian Studies courses) and seven additional courses within Asian Studies of either three or four credits.

Connecting to Asia at Tulane



The Asian Studies program organizes and promotes Asia-related events throughout the school year. Students and community members are encouraged to join the Asian Studies Interest mailing list for further information. To join the Interest list, email with no subject line and write: Subscribe ASIANSTUDIESINT-L Your Name .



Tulane students organize weekly Chinese and Japanese conversation practice clubs, open to anyone interested in maintaining or supplementing their language studies. Chinese Conversation Club coordinator: Ryan Judd ( Kaiwa Club (Japanese Conversation Club) president: Jamie McCracken (

Tulane University, Richard Marksbury, Asian Studies, 125 Gibson, New Orleans LA 70118 504-865-5555