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Sampler of Asian and Asian Diaspora research, courses, and programs at MIT-SHASS

Major in Asian/Asian Diaspora Studies

Minor in Asian/Asian Diaspora Studies

Global Studies & Languages

Center for International Studies

MIT History section

Introduction to Asian American Studies
Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience

Traditional China
Earliest Times to 1644

Modern China
1644 to the Present

Premodern Japan
Earliest Times to 1858

Modern Japan
1868 to Present

The Making of Modern South Asia

South Asia Migrations

MIT Gamelan Galak-Tika

MIT OpenCourseWare Sampler
Browse the many free online course materials on Asia in the following areas:

    Political Science


    Language: Chinese

    Language: Japanese


    Literature and Film

    Anthropology and Global Studies

    Gender and Representation of Asian Women

    Classics of Chinese Literature

MIT MISTI | A program of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is MIT’s flagship international education program. Rooted in the mens et manus tradition, MISTI matches MIT students with tailored internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad. MISTI also facilitate international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world.





Browse all MISTI country programs



Research Sampler

Global Studies and Languages | Research Groups

Center for International Studies

Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842–1943
by Professor Emma Teng, University of California Press, 2013

Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture
by Professor Jing Wang, Harvard University Press, 2008

The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story
by Ian Condry, Duke University Press, 2013

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Projects in China and Indonesia

Visualizing Cultures
Innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. VC uses technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).

MIT Gobal Shakespeares
The MIT Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as materials by scholars and educators.

Visualizing Japan / edX course

Cool Japan Project


Brief News Sampler

MIT strengthens its ties to Greater China

The Institute has embarked on a major, long-term effort to promote intellectual and technological exchange.

J-PAL opens new office in Indonesia


MIT Global Studies and Languages announces new Cantonese class

Pilot program will teach beginning-level Cantonese during the 2016 Independent Activities Period.

The long history of ‘Eurasian’ identity

MIT historian’s new book studies cross-cultural Asian-American families since the 19th century.

Building analytical tools to improve understanding of China's political economy

PhD student Yiqing Xu applies new methodology for better insight into the Chinese political economy.

M. Taylor Fravel advises U.S. government officials on South China Sea disputes

Research merges security policy, political science, and international relations.

3 Questions: David Singer on China and the renminbi

MIT political scientist looks beyond the headlines about China’s new currency status.

Lily Tsai receives the 2015 Levitan Prize

Founder of MIT Governance Lab researches new forms of civic engagement and creates immersive opportunities for MIT students around the world.

Innovative study estimates extent to which air pollution in China shortens human lives

New quasi-experimental research finds major impact of coal emissions on health.

That ’70s show

In a new book, journalist and MIT fellow Christian Caryl recounts the epoch-shaping political, religious and economic upheavals launched in the year 1979.

Taylor Fravel decodes China’s foreign policy

A political scientist analyzes the decisions of a world power

Visualizing Japan nominated for the Japan Prize

Samuels receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star

Japanese government honors political scientist for significant contributions to scholarship and promoting friendly relations.

MIT delegation attends Singaporean university’s groundbreaking

Five-day, three-nation Asian trip includes meetings with Institute friends and collaborators.

In Profile: Kenneth Oye

A political scientist aims to help governments assess the potential risks of new technologies.

Dower's Cultures of War named finalist for 2010 National Book Award

Historian's book examines roots, causes of war through four historic events.

Alexa Huang awarded Scaglione Prize from the Modern Language Association
"Chinese Shakespeares" cited as a 'landmark' book