About the Center for Asian Studies

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The Center for Asian Studies promotes and guides academic programs and exchanges on Asia for students and faculty. The Asian programs focus on language and area studies and involve faculty and course offerings from various units of the University. Specific activities include the following: (1) expanding and improving instructional programs in Asian languages (presently Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and area studies (presently East and North Asia) and promoting and facilitating more exchange and involvement of students and faculty with Asia through exchange agreements (presently China and Japan); (2) developing and arranging speakers' and visitors' programs of distinguished Asianists to address and exchange ideas with students, faculty, and community on Asian topics; (3) promoting and facilitating collaborative research activities and programs with Asian scholars and Asian research and educational institutions; (4) developing library, audio-visual, and related instructional and research materials and facilities; and (5) planning and applying for external funding for the expansion of Asian Studies at UGA.






HYANGSOON YI, Director (August 2014 – June 2017)


HYANGSOON YI, Director (2014 – 2017), Interim Director (2012 - 2014)

Director Center for Asian Studies
148 Joseph E. Brown Hall  706.542.7517


Research Interests: 
Korean literature and film, modern Irish drama, Buddhism and the arts


Areas of Interest

Korean literature and film, modern Irish drama, and Buddhism and arts.

Hyangsoon Yi received a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in language education from University of Georgia. Her research interests include Irish drama, Irish and Scottish Travelers, nomadism, narrative theory, Korean literature and cinema, Japanese cinema, and Buddhism. She has published articles on Irish drama, Japanese cinema, and language pedagogy. She is currently writing a book on itinerancy and Irish drama.



FARLEY RICHMOND, Director (1999 to 2011)


FARLEY RICHMOND, Director (1999–2011)


Ph.D., Michigan State University
Specialties & Research Areas: Asian Theatre With an Emphasis in Indian Drama and Theatre, Directing
Office: Fine Arts Building, Room 367
Phone: (706) 542-2089
Email: richmond@uga.edu


Dr. Richmond teaches courses in Asian Theatre, with an emphasis in Indian drama and theatre. He also teaches courses in introduction to theatre, script analysis, and directing. His publications include: Kutiyattam: Sanskrit Theater of India, (CD-ROM University of Michigan Press), Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance, (University of Hawaii Press), and Theatre: The Collaborative Art and Plays of Provocation, Vols. I and II (Kendall/Hunt). His articles appear in The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, The Cambridge Guide to World Theatre, The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre, as well as the Asian Theatre Journal, among others. His most recent productions wereAntigone, Art, The Playboy of the Western World, and The Crucible at UGA and Oleanna at SUNY-Stony Brook. He is a founding member of the Asian Theatre Journal for which he serves as South Asia Area Editor. He is currently on the Board and Vice President of the World Association for Vedic Studies. He has chaired the theatre departments at Michigan State University, SUNY/Stony Brook, and The University of Georgia. http://farleyrichmond.uga.edu