The Sigur Center for Asian Studies strives to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asia; promote US-Asian scholarly interaction; and educate a new generation of students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers.
Through an active program of publishing, teaching, public events, and policy engagement, the Sigur Center offers the largest Asian Studies program in metro DC, with 80+ affiliated faculty. Together with GWIKS, Sigur supports the East Asia National Resource Center, a Title VI center of academic excellence.
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Director of Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA), an affiliated program of the Sigur Center
Ms. Yarr was invited to apply for and successfully secured a special one-time grant from the Russell Family Foundation for $5,000. The grant will support PISA’s project, “Supporting Asian Voices on the Environment.” Building on PISA’s established networks in Asia, Ms. Yarr will create opportunities for Asian scholars and practitioners to engage with their counterparts in the United States so as to broaden the dialogue on constructive responses to environmental concerns, including global warming.
Recently, PISA invited the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Timor Leste to the United States to offer a public address on “Global Warming and Small Island Nations: The Case of Timor Leste.” Additionally, the Chino Cienega Foundation, a long time supporter of PISA’s collaborative projects with Vietnam and Myanmar, awarded PISA $25,000.