Treasures of the Asia Collections Event Online Exhibit uri icon


  • Cornell pioneered in the teaching of Asian studies, with a one-year course in Chinese offered as early as 1870. Cornell's first Japanese student came in 1870, the first Chinese student graduated in 1901, and six Indian students entered in 1905. After 1900, international students attended in increasing numbers, and many Cornellians went to Asia to work and travel. A department of Chinese Studies, created in 1944, was later broadened to Far Eastern Studies, including Southeast Asia and South Asia.