Pacific Asia

The history of relations between the United States and the states of Northeast Asia has been the principal focus of the Asia field. Most courses in the field emphasize diplomatic, cultural, and political history. The field deals most directly with developments in China, Japan, and Korea from the nineteenth century to the present, relations among those states, and between them and the United States. Courses are intended to offer students a foundation on which to build an understanding of the contemporary interstate problems in the region, as well as the bonds and tensions that currently exist in relations between the U.S. and the states of the region.