Since its establishment in 1949 as one of the first institutes in the United States dedicated to the advanced training of East Asian specialists, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) has been at the forefront of research and teaching about the region. For 70 years, the Institute has pushed the boundaries of East Asian regional studies, branching out from its early focus on China and Japan to encompass work on Korea, Inner Asia, and most recently Southeast Asia. Expanding on its foundation in the social sciences, the Institute is a dynamic hub for interdisciplinary and multinational scholarship and is actively engaged across the academy supporting research and programming in the humanities, professional schools, and social sciences. Founded as the East Asian Institute, the Institute was renamed in 2003 in recognition of the generosity of the Weatherhead Foundation.
Throughout 2019, WEAI is marking its 70th anniversary with initiatives and programs that honor the Institute’s founding, celebrate the achievements of the past seven decades, and explore new directions for the study of East and Southeast Asia.
We look forward to your participation in WEAI’s milestone year.
Selected 70th Anniversary Events
Access our Events Calendar here.