Study Opportunities

Students wishing to expand their cultural borders by studying and traveling in Asia are urged to check out the programs mentioned below. The leadership of the Coleman Foundation has worked closely with these programs. They are outstanding and highly recommended.


Study in China

The China Studies Institute, affiliated with the History Department of Peking University, is a welcoming institution that offers many stimulating experiences including Chinese language immersion classes; classes in history, culture, and business; Chinese cultural study trips; and a variety of internships. For western students wishing an introduction or immersion into Chinese language, history, and culture, the China Studies Institute located in the dynamic capital city of Beijing is outstanding. Student housing on campus is available.

For further information, contact Dr. Youli Sun, Director
 at: or Dr. Li Hong, Associate Director
:  Visit the Institute’s website at:


Study in Japan

The Asian Studies Program of Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan offers one-year or one-semester programs for students wishing to pursue Japanese language and Japanese/Asian studies. While the university is home to about 10,000 students, the Asian Studies Program currently enrolls over 600 students from about 40 different countries. Courses offered include Japanese and Asian business, history, culture, art, and economics. Cultural study trips are also an essential component to the program. Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. Previous Japanese language training is not required.

Learn more from the Kansai Gaidai Asian Studies Program website at:


Confucius Institutes

The Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China through the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has established Confucius Institutes throughout the world. These institutes promote the study of Chinese history, culture, and language as well as cultural exchanges.  Over 70 Confucius Institutes have been established in the United States and all are associated with universities and colleges. A quick Google search will reveal their locations. The Institutes are excellent resources for anyone interested in learning about China. Dr. Mingzhou Qin directs the Confucius Institute associated with the University of Akron in Ohio.  The Institute’s website can be found at:  Dr. Qin can be reached at:




Recommended readings focusing on Asian history and culture.


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Weatherford, Jack

Broadway Books, 2005


China Shakes the World

Kynge, James

Houghton Mifflin, 2006


Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Bergreen, Laurence

Vintage Books, 2007


The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

Meyer, Michael

Walker and Co., 2009


Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now

Wong, Jan

Doubleday/Anchor, 1996


Travelers’ Tales China

O’Reilly, James

Travelers’ Tales, 2004


Shadow of the Silk Road

Thubron, Colin

Harper Perennial, 2008


China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom

Baum, Richard

University of Washington Press, 2010


When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order

Martin Jacques

Penguin Books, 2012


China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

Gifford, Rob

Random House, 2008


China: Fragile Superpower: How China’s Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise

Shirk, Susan L.

Oxford University Press, 2007


China’s Brave New World: And Other Tales for Global Times

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N.

Indiana University Press, 2007


Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China

Fallows, James

Vintage, 2008


China Airborne

Fallows, James

Vintage Press, 2013


Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation

Troost, J. Maarten

Broadway Books, 2009


China in the 21st Century

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N.

Oxford University Press, 2013


Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Chang, Leslie T.

Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition, 2009


Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present

Hessler, Peter

Harper, 2006


Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

Hessler, Peter

Harper Perennial, 2011


River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

Hessler, Peter

Harper Perennial, 2006


Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West

Hessler, Peter

Harper Perennial, 2013


Out of Mao’s Shadow: the Struggle for the Soul of a New China

Pan, Philip P.

Simon and Schuster 2008


Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750

Westad, Odd A.

Basic Books, 2012


Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China’s Gulag

Wu, Harry

John Wiley & Sons, 1994


Red Azalea

Min, Anchee

Anchor Books, 2006


On China

Henry Kissinger

Penguin Press, 2011


Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self

Jen, Gish

Harvard University Press, 2013


The Party: the Secret World of China’s Communist Ruler

McGregor, Richard

Harper, 2010