The Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation pledges $15 million to Rice to establish the Chao Center for Asian Studies. The gift helps fulfill 2 V2C objectives by enhancing Rice's international focus and by strengthening its research program. The Chao Center distinguishes itself from other centers for Asian studies by focusing on the movement of people, ideas and technologies across boundaries and by emphasizing interdisciplinary research.


The inaugural issue of the "Positions" journal on east asian culture, which is currently associated with Rice's Chao Center for Asian Studies.
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