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East Asia

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East Asia

Duke University has a long history of ties to East Asia. Our very first international student, Charlie Soong, arrived from China to Trinity College’s campus in 1881!

Today, many faculty members have expertise and conduct research in the region. For example, Professor Giovanna Merli’s research straddles three disciplinary realms: demography, contemporary Chinese society and global health.

 “I focus on a range of population and health issues in developing countries that intersect frontline public policy, such as the role of China's population control program in lowering fertility preferences and fertility rates in China,” she writes.

In addition, Duke University has a new campus in Kunshan, China. Several Sanford faculty work in country as program developers and instructors.

Students walking down road, smiling

New economic opportunities in emerging economies and around the globe have brought complex environmental challenges—from increased air and water pollution to food security to energy and climate change.

vietnam staff ride

For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam