Asian Initiatives

The Haenicke Institute's Asian Initiatives unit includes the Confucius Institute at WMU, Soga Japan Center and the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. Together, these institutes and centers enhance scholarship and disseminate knowledge about East Asia as well as provide language and culture opportunities on the WMU campus and in the greater Southwest Michigan community.

 

For faculty and researchers

  • Participate in Asian Forum. The purpose of the Asian Forum at WMU is to provide a forum for scholars at WMU and in the West Michigan area who work on Asia to share their research and to learn about ways in which to network with other faculty.
  • Participate in WMU International Forum in Chinese. The purpose of the International Forum in Chinese is to strengthen the relationship between Western Michigan University (WMU) and its international partners in Chinese-speaking countries and regions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Apply for a Faculty Research Grant. The Light Center for Chinese Studies provides support to Western Michigan University faculty for research and creative activities related to the study of greater China. All board-appointed, full-time faculty are eligible to apply.

For WMU Students

  • Attend events. In addition to lectures and cultural events, the Haenicke Institute Asian Initiatives unit hosts the annual China Festival, Chinese New Year's Gala, Chinese Bridge Contest and Asian Forum
  • Participate in Japanese and/or Chinese language and culture classes. Both the Confucius Institute at WMU and the Soga Japan Center offer non-credit bearing language and culture classes. 
  • Take courses related to China, Japan and Asia. The Global and International Studies program offers an Asian Studies minor for completion of 18 credits related to the study of Asia.  

For Community Members

  • Attend events. In addition to lectures and cultural events, the Haenicke Institute Asian Initiatives unit hosts the annual China Festival, Chinese New Year's Gala and Chinese Bridge Contest.
  • Learn Chinese in K-12 schools. The Confucius Institute teaches Chinese language in over seven schools in Southwest Michigan at levels that range from pre-K to 12 grade. 
  • Participate in Japanese and/or Chinese language and culture classes. Both the Confucius Institute at WMU and the Soga Japan Center offer non-credit bearing language and culture classes. 
  • Travel to China. The Confucius Institute offers a two-week cultural-immersion summer camp with travel to China for high schools enrolled in language classes.