The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) is the steward of campus-wide teaching, research, programming, and outreach on East Asia, as well as Southeast Asia and the Pacific. CEAPS serves almost 100 affiliate specialists on East Asia, as well as over 30 off campus affiliates across the state. CEAPS strives to broadly support the research, teaching, and service missions of the University of Illinois.
CEAPS, along with its consortium partner the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at Indiana University, is currently a Title VI National Resource Center Consortium for East Asia devoted to the enhancement of campus teaching and learning on East Asia and to outreach programming on East Asia for educators, the public, and media and business professionals. CEAPS houses the Asian Educational Media Services (AEMS) with a comprehensive web-based database of multimedia resources on Asia. EAPS is also home to the Freeman Fellows Program, a University of Illinois-China exchange program launched in 1996. Over the years CEAPS has welcomed over 150 scholars in the humanities and social sciences from China and nearly 200 University of Illinois faculty and students have traveled to China.
In 2005-06 CEAPS, in coordination with EALC, presented East Asia Undisciplined, a year of challenging conversations across disciplinary boundaries. In 2006-07 CEAPS and Indiana University's East Asian Studies Center launched the IL/IN East Asia Initiative in which both campuses seek to draw upon and enhance each other's research, teaching, and outreach resources. CEAPS and EALC launched the East Asia Graduate Certificate to service the many Ph.D. and Master's candidates focusing on East Asia across the social sciences and professional schools.
CEAPS was established in 1964 as the Center for Asian Studies. In 1984 the center was renamed and in 1990 the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures was established in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to house faculty and course offerings in the language and humanistic study of East Asia.