A Message from the Director

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

Welcome to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, a hub for the study of modern and contemporary East, Southeast, and Inner Asia at Columbia University. Since its founding in 1949, WEAI has been a pioneer in East Asian Studies, expanding research in underexplored areas, fostering a collaborative community of experts from across disciplines, and offering unparalleled insight into one of the world’s most dynamic regions. 

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February 07, 2024

Congratulating the Winners of the WEAI 75th Anniversary Student Award for Excellence

Congratulations to the talented students who were selected for the Weatherhead East Asian Institute 75th Anniversary Student Award for Excellence! Winners of the Award receive $5,000 for their outstanding research and academic performance in fields related to the regions of East, Southeast and Inner Asia. The awardees are as follows:



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