Welcome to the Asian Studies Program!
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies; Director of Asian Studies
Philip Thai is a historian of Modern China and East Asia with research and teaching interests that include legal history, economic history, and diplomatic history. He is the author of China’s War on Smuggling: Law, Economic Life, and the Making of th…
With the dawn of the 21st century, Asia has become the fastest growing continent on the globe. Diverse and fascinating, Asian societies are rising in economic prominence and exerting increasing political, social, and cultural influence around the world. Founded in 1984, Asian Studies at Northeastern is an interdepartmental program that focuses on the histories, cultures, and politics of East, Southeast, and South Asia, while also exploring their transnational interactions and their global diasporas, especially to the United States. In so doing, the program encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world past and present.