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Triangle East Asia Consortium

The Triangle East Asia Consortium has been running since 1976 as a collaboration between faculty from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. Each year, one university in the Triangle hosts a colloquium involving local faculty as well as scholars invited from outside the region.   


Graduate work in East Asian studies  is thriving at Duke and UNC. The Duke and UNC campuses have by far the strongest combined library holdings in Chinese and Japanese studies in the Southeastern US. Historically, Duke has focused on its Japanese language collection while UNC has focused on Chinese materials.

Graduate students in particular, are encouraged to participate in the Consortium’s initiatives and take advantage of the opportunity to conduct research alongside their peers and professors. The Consortium also actively promotes continued faculty and student achievement by providing grants that fund individual research efforts and ensuring that library resources meet current needs and interests. Reaching beyond the university campus, the Center engages the wider Triangle area through speakers, film series, and other events that are open to all.

The Triangle Community

The Triangle region of North Carolina has been recognized as a distinct metropolitan region with a unique academic community for more than half a century. Raleigh, the state capital, is home to NCSU. Durham, 30 minutes to the northwest, is home to Duke. Chapel Hill, located 20 minutes southwest of Durham, is home to UNC. Also found in the area are the Research Triangle Park, the National Humanities Center, and numerous other research and education institutions.

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