The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies

The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies (ARCAS) is composed of the 19 regional centers of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint initiative of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. ARCAS is a non-profit organization affiliated with ASDP and works closely with ASDP in such initiatives as the development of faculty development workshops and ASDP's annual conferences. However, ARCAS is not itself under the management of ASDP; it is run and financed cooperatively by its member institutions, namely, the regional centers of ASDP.

Mission Statement

The Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies is committed to promoting the study of Asia and Asian cultures in undergraduate programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The mission of this Association is to provide high quality programs for faculty, administrators, staff, and students at member institutions and other institutions served by the regional centers.  The purpose of these programs is to enhance teaching, learning, and research in Asian studies.

To achieve this mission, the Association will seek to:
  • continue to work closely with the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii in planning and developing projects;
  • develop effective modes of communication to link colleges and universities;
  • develop collaborative strategies that colleges can use to share resources;
  • provide advice and counsel to colleges and universities on implementing models for infusing Asian studies into the curriculum;
  • develop grants to fund institutes, workshops, and seminars on Asia that are jointly sponsored and collaboratively coordinated;
  • develop programs that can serve as models for a variety of different colleges and universities interested in Asian studies;
  • develop non-academic activities and outreach programs to reach the communities our colleges and universities serve.
Executive Board
ASDP Regional Centers & ARCAS Representatives
  • Belmont University
Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn
Department of Philosophy
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212
  • Black Hawk College
Dr. Melissa Hebert-Johnson
Associate Professor of Art History
Interim Chair, Department of Communication and Fine Arts
Phi Theta Kappa Advisor
Asian Studies Coordinator
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Avene
Moline, IL 61265
  • University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Nicholas Brasovan
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
Director, Humanities and World Cultures Institute
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035
  • Central Washington University
Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann
Philosophy Department
Director: Asia/Pacific Studies Program
Central Washington University
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7555
  • College of DuPage
Dr. Keith Krasemann
Professsor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • Johnson County Community College
Dr. Tom Patterson
Professor and Director of International Education
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
  • University of Hawaii Kapiolani
(formerly Kapiolani Community College)
Dr. Joseph Overton
Director, Office for International Affairs
Chair, Honda International Center
4303 Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Maricopa Community College - Paradise Valley
Dr. Michele Marion
Director of the Center for International Studies
18401 North 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • Middlesex Community College
Dr. Dona Cady
Dean of International Education
Middlesex Community College
33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852
  • Missouri State University
Dr. Yan Weirong
Modern and Classical Languages
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
  • Community College of Philadelphia
Dr. Fay Beauchamp
Professor of English
1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • Portland Community College
Dr. Kathleen Doss
Communication Studies
Portland Community College
Portland, OR 97280-0990
  • University of Redlands
Dr. Robert Y. Eng
Department of History
1200 E. Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
  • Slippery Rock University
Dr. George P. Brown
Department of Government and Public Affairs, 209 SWC
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326

  • Trident Technical College
Dr. Katharine Purcell
Department of English
Trident Technical College
P.O. Box 118067
Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
  • Tulsa Community College
Dr. Ann Marie Malloy
Associate Professor
Arts and Humanities
Tulsa Community College
Southeast Campus Liberal Arts Office
10300 E. 81st
Tulsa, OK 74133