Other Departments and Centers


Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents art in 24 galleries plus sculpture gardens, terraces, and courtyard. When the museum opened in 1894, Mrs. Stanford had acquired a collection of Japanese objects, including prints, armor and weapons, and a number of Korean works. After trips to Japan in 1902 and 1904, she added hundreds of examples of Japanese and Chinese paintings, ceramics, and sculpture. Throughout the years, the Center's collection of Asian art has grown to over 4,000 objects representing the Neolithic through the present, of which half are Chinese, the remainder mostly Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian. Admission to the museum is free.

Democracy in Taiwan Program, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)
Sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), in interaction with the Hoover Institution, the Democracy in Taiwan program was initiated in the Fall of 2005. The program expands and institutionalizes activities that both the Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution had been sponsoring on democratic political and social change and the regional and international challenges confronting democracy in Taiwan (including the problem of cross-Strait relations). The principal elements of the program includes an annual symposium on Taiwan democracy, a seminar series and hosting of visiting scholars and a summer undergraduate internship.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford is dedicated to the languages, literatures, linguistics and cultures of East Asia. The Department prepares students for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese and Japanese, and has a thriving program in Korean language. It also offers an undergraduate and a Ph.D. minor in Chinese or Japanese language and literature.

The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford (HCBSS) serves to coordinate, support, and develop the university's resources for Buddhist studies and other Asian religions in four general areas: scholarly research, academic communication, teaching, and public outreach. A unit of the Division of International Comparative & Area Studies (ICA), HCBSS is housed in Building 70 on Stanford’s Main Quadrangle, where it maintains administrative offices, a reference library, and a seminar room.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
Since 1976 the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) has supported efforts to internationalize elementary and secondary school curricula by linking the research and teaching at Stanford University to the schools through the production of high-quality curriculum materials on international and cross-cultural topics. Housed in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, SPICE has produced over 100 supplementary curriculum units on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy. SPICE draws upon the diverse faculty and programmatic interests of Stanford University to link knowledge, inquiry, and practice in exemplary curriculum materials.

US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC)
Established in 1992, as the US-Japan Technology Management Center, the US-Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) is an education and research center located within the School of Engineering at Stanford University. The US-ATMC programs aim at integrating practical perspectives into international strategic technology management along with analysis of research trends in selected areas of leading-edge technologies. The goal of US-ATMC educational programs is to provide Stanford students in various technical fields, and the science and engineering research community at large, with knowledge and analytical capabilities in our areas of focus that will be important to success in the 21st Century. US-ATMC activities include public lecture series and seminars (including live teleconferenced events between the U.S. and Asia), sponsorship of faculty research projects, development and delivery of new university courses, and major Internet web site projects.

Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) is focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia through research and outreach with its various programs, including:

  • The Asia Health Policy Program promotes a comparative understanding of health and health policy in the Asia Pacific region through research, collaboration with scholars throughout the region, a colloquium series on health and demographic change in the Asia Pacific, and conferences and publications on comparative health policy topics.
  • The Corporate Affiliates Visiting Fellows Program, established in 1982, introduces Asia-based fellows to American life and institutions. Association with the Center allows foreign visitors to interact daily with specialists, students, and scholars from Stanford and abroad. Visiting Fellows’ practical experience and international perspective inform the intellectual exchange at Shorenstein APARC and at Stanford.
  • The Korean Studies Program (KSP), founded in 2001, focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research on policy-relevant, Korea-related topics, and supports teaching, research, and fellowships.
  • The Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) explores the histories, cultures, political economies, and international relations of Southeast Asia’s ten countries and half a billion people.
  • The Stanford China Program(SCP), established in January 2007, facilitates multidisciplinary, social science-oriented research on contemporary china, with a dual emphasis on basic and policy-relevant research. The program recognizes the singular importance of training new generations of Stanford students for broader and deeper interactions with China. SCP involves students in research projects and workshops, both at Shorenstein APARC and in nascent programs within China.
  • The Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) examines development conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and other key global regions.


East Asia Library
The Stanford East Asia Library moved to its new location in Lathrop Library in late 2014. As East Asian Studies programs have grown at Stanford, the collection has expanded its focus from social and political movements of the twentieth century, in which its holdings are unparalleled, to include most other fields as well. The latest news about the library can be found at their blog.

Hoover Institution, East Asia Collection
The Hoover Institution's East Asia Collection is housed in the Lou Henry Hoover Building of the Hoover Institution. The library has concentrated on gathering primary source materials on modern social science. Archival materials on China and Japan include rare books, newspapers, banned, illegal, or rare periodicals, political party internal documents, and government (state and local) internal documents. Archival materials include private papers donated by former public servants, military personnel, and others from Japan, China, and Taiwan, and other parts of Asia.

UC Berkeley Inter-Library Loan Program
Stanford's East Asia Library collection is complemented by that of the University of California, Berkeley C. V. Starr East Asian Library. Through cooperative agreement, acquisitions policies have been established that define areas of specialization between the two collections. UCB materials not available at Stanford may be requested through Inter-library loan, and are usually available witin 24 hours.