German Society for Asian Studies

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German Society for Asian Studies
legal form registered association
founding 1967
Seat Hamburg
purpose Scientific Society

The German Society for Asian Studies e. V. is a scientific specialist society for the purpose of promoting and conveying scientifically proven knowledge of Asia. It was founded in Bonn on March 17, 1966 as the "German Society for East Asian Studies" . Your seat is Hamburg. From 1977 to 1981 it was called the “German Society for East and Southeast Asian Studies e. V. " ; it has had its current name since 1981.


The establishment goes back to an initiative of the Volkswagen Foundation , which in mid-February 1967 invited to an East Asia discussion in Bonn. Society should actively seek to expand scientific contacts with East Asia and strengthen interest in the East Asian region. The purpose of the company is to promote the study of contemporary Asia, to disseminate scientifically proven knowledge, to stimulate the exchange of scientific information, experience and ideas and to intensify the cooperation of people and institutions interested in this at national and international level.

This purpose should be achieved through publications, conferences, lectures and exhibitions as well as the promotion of scientific and cultural exchange with East Asian countries. The society also advocated the expansion and increase of the chairs and academic institutions for East Asian studies in the Federal Republic of Germany and supported efforts to arouse and increase interest and understanding for East Asia within the framework of schools, vocational training and adult education.

The main activities of the German Society for East Asian Studies in the first ten years of its existence included the implementation of a scholarship program for contemporary East Asian studies and the development of a China manual with over 300 keyword entries and in cooperation with the Institute for Asian Studies . Since the fall of 1971, the German Society for East Asian Studies has been holding intensive holiday courses in Japanese and Chinese for beginners in Bochum and Hamburg. The company operated its own language laboratory in Hamburg.

Expansion of activities

With the increasing importance of the countries of Southeast Asia , the desire arose to include the region of Southeast Asia in the work of society. On April 16, 1977, the general assembly decided to expand the scope of duties and to transform the society into “German Society for East and Southeast Asian Studies”. V. ”to be renamed. A little later, people began to discuss the expansion of society to all of Asia in order to attach more importance to India and its neighboring countries. On April 25, 1981, the name was again changed to “German Society for Asian Studies e. V. “with simultaneous formation of scientific advisory boards for China , Japan / Korea , Southeast Asia and South Asia .


Two to three times a year, the society published the “Communications from the Coordination Center for Contemporary East Asian Studies”. Since autumn 1975, the tasks of the former from were Munich Institute for East Asian Studies published Sinology and Japanese Studies Newsletters taken over and systematically reported on the courses. From the beginning, the desire for coordination in the field of East Asian Studies was on the company's agenda.

Since October 1981 the society has published the quarterly publication "Asia - German magazine for politics, economy and culture".


Issues of society

The company has dedicated itself to the following important topics at events:

  • 20 years of the People's Republic of China (1971)
  • The People's Republic of China: Continuity and Change (1973)
  • India in the 90s: Political, social and economic framework conditions (1988), * Socialist and planned economic systems in Asia in transition (1989),
  • Europe and Asia. Change and Continuity (1990)
  • The economic development of the emerging economies of Asia (1990),
  • Political and economic relationships between population movements in Asia (1991), * Asia after the end of the Soviet Union (1992),
  • Nationalism and Regional Cooperation in Asia (1993),
  • Economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Political Risks and Frameworks "(1994)
  • The new self-confidence in Asia - a spiritual and cultural challenge for the West? (1995).

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