The Asian Studies Program started in 1970. In 1990, the University of Toledo established
the Asian Studies Institute to manage the Asian Studies Degree Program and to coordinate scholarly
activities with Asia. The first director of the Institute was Dr. George Jan, Professor
of Political Sciences, followed by Anthony Koh, Associate Professor of Business Administration,
from 1996-1998. The current director is Dr. Gene Chang, Professor of Economics.
The institute currently has 40 faculty and staff members from different colleges of
the university. It is a home and resource for the interested faculty members, students and general
public. The institute also hosts a number of visiting scholars from overseas in the
field of Asian studies.
The institute regularly sponsors various events such as lectures, film series, and
discussions to provide a deeper understanding of Asia and to promote scholarly and
cultural exchanges between the university, northwest Ohio and Asian countries.