The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is home to over one hundred affiliated scholars researching and teaching on Asia. Our community of scholars spans a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Our regional breadth covers the entire Asian continent.
The principal mission of the Asian Institute is to provide the intellectual core for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching on Asia. Though organized along sub-regional lines - with centres for South Asian Studies, Korean Studies, and related groups focusing on Southeast Asia and Central and Inner Asia – the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto encourages intra-regional dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In conjunction with the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, the Asian Institute runs several undergraduate and graduate programs (Asia-Pacific Studies & South Asian Studies), seminar series, conferences, workshops and Asian Heritage Month events each year. Our objective is to bring together scholars, students and community members in order to deepen our collective understanding of one of the world’s most dynamic regions.
Recent Publications by our Faculty
Dr. David Chu Scholarships Recognize Student Leadership
Carmen Ho, Aaron Wilson, and Betty Xie have been selected as winners of the Dr. David Chu Leadership Award in Asia-Pacific Studies for 2012–13.
AI Director Joseph Wong Named First Halbert Professor of Innovation Policy
Wong brings an extensive background in biotechnology, political economy, and social policy in East Asia to the role of Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation Policy at the Munk School's Innovation Policy Lab.
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AI Collaborates with TIFF to Examine A Century of Chinese Cinema
This flagship programme for TIFF's summer season features a major film retrospective, some of the biggest names in Chinese cinema, a free exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed visual artists, and roundtables with leading scholars.