的政治, 经济, 文化重要性 of the nations of Asia is increasing in today’s world. 鉴于这种日益增长的重要性, the 亚洲研究 Program at 正规博彩十大网站排名学院 seeks to promote the understanding of Asia and its role in world civilization as well as its current political, 经济, 文化重要性.
亚洲研究 at Rhodes includes within its purview the entirety of the Asian continent with the exception of the region traditionally known as the Middle East (i.e., Persia, the Arab nations, Turkey and Israel). This scope includes several major regions that share important cultural traits:
- The East Asian, or Sinitic, sphere (China, Korea, Japan).
- The South Asian, or Indic, sphere (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan).
- 东南亚地区, in which both Sinitic and Indian cultures have played an important role (Burma, 泰国, 柬埔寨, 老挝, 马来西亚, 印尼, 文莱, 菲律宾).
- 内亚圈(蒙古, parts of China and the Soviet Union [such as Tibet, 满洲, 新疆, 苏联中亚, 西伯利亚), 阿富汗).
Historical forces have at times created relationships that transcend this division into four cultural spheres; the most obvious of these are the spread of religions, 尤其是佛教, 以及国际贸易. Political concerns have also engendered relationships among Asian nations that go beyond the cultural spheres described above.
Student cultural organizations such as ASIA (All 学生 Interested in Asia) and RICE (Rhodes Indian Cultural Exchange) host events and celebrations throughout the year, such as dinners celebrating the Chinese New Year and Diwali.