UVa hosts many student organizations that are related to or focused on East Asia. If you would like to add your organization to this list, update existing information, or advertise your organization's events on our site, email the East Asia Center.
Note: Although the organizations below have members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in their activities and affairs, these organization are not a part of or agencies of the University. They are separate and independent organizations which are responsible for and manage their own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control these organizations and is not responsible for the organizations' contracts, acts or omissions.
CAINE offers weekly showings of Japanese animation, maintains a library of comics and animation and hosts various other events. CAINE meetings and showings are open to both members and non-members, and to both University of Virginia students and members of the Charlottesville community.
Chinese Student Association
The Chinese Student Association at UVA is an organization dedicated to the sharing and celebration of Chinese culture. Whether you're Chinese and want to get in touch with your roots or are simply curious about the culture, we welcome everyone. Throughout the year we celebrate major Chinese holidays such as the New Year and mid-autumn festival in addition to hosting many social events to bring the community closer together.
Chinese Students & Scholars Society (CSSS)
The Chinese Students and Scholars Society (CSSS) at the University of Virginia consists mainly of UVa students, scholars and staff from mainland China. People with different background are also very welcome to join us. Our mission is to assist Chinese students and scholars at UVa, to improve communication with our community and to promote Chinese culture in the university through a variety of activities.
Dream Corps UVa
Dream Corps UVa is chapter of Dream Corps International. Our mission is to promote education equity in China through quality resources and sustained participation. We work to improve the learning and development environment for underprivileged children in China and to foster their dreams, so that their lives are not held hostage to existing economic, educational, and technological divides. We envision that one day, as many children in China as possible will be able to realize their dreams for a meaningful future. At the same time, privileged youths will develop a greater sense of social responsibility by engaging in constructive activities that bring them closer to their peers in rural China. Dream Corps employs the passion of Chinese students going to universities in the U.S. and international students of Chinese descent to their home country, to organize volunteer corps to establish libraries in rural schools or communities in China.
Hong Kong Student Association
The Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) is for anyone interested in Hong Kong/Cantonese culture. We organize different events to serve food (e.g. Hong Kong Cafe, hotpot gathering), promote Hong Kong culture (e.g. Mahjong workshop) and to celebrate various Chinese festivals.
Inkstone is UVA's one and only Asian-American literary magazine
dedicated to the expression of Asian-American culture and identity. We encourage
submissions from UVA students of all ethnic backgrounds who wish to express their
views concerning all Asian-American cultural, social, and political issues. Submissions
can include poetry, fine arts, photography, prose, essays, articles, short stories, etc.
The Japan Club brings together Japanese students and those interested in Japanese language and culture, provides opportunities for learning about Japan and improving Japanese language skills and promotes Japanese culture within the university and in the surrounding Charlottesville area.
Korean Student Association
The purpose of the Korean Student Association is to promote cultural and social exchange at the University of Virginia: to provide services to the University and its surrounding area, to serve as a resource for the student community, and to provide an opportunity for Koreans and Korean-Americans to expand and share their cultural awareness.
Organization of Young Filipino Americans
The Organization of Young Filipino Americans was founded to order to heighten awareness and appreciation of the Filipino/Filipino American culture in its members and the greater UVA and Charlottesville communities.
Taiwanese Student Association
The Taiwanese Student Association at the University of Virginia is dedicated to promoting Taiwanese culture and encouraging interaction among the members of the university. We hope to provide a platform for those interested in learning the social, economical, educational, cultural, and political developments in Taiwan. TSA plans various social and cultural events during the year to strengthen ethnic and cultural awareness.
Thai Student Organization
The Thai Student Organization (TSO) was formed to share and retain Thai culture, language and traditions throughout the University and Charlottesville community. The organization works towards the following goals: 1. Unifying the students within the University by promoting interactions and understanding of different cultural aspects of Thailand. 2. Assisting the local community by organizing service projects. 3. Building and strengthening the ties between different communities in Thailand and the community of the University of Virginia. 4. Emphasizing cultural continuity and traditional lifestyles in Thai-Americans. 5. Adding to the diversity and uniqueness of the university’s population.
Vietnamese Student Association
The Vietnamese Student Association is an organization that promotes the cultural traditions of Vietnamese and Asian culture. The organization also works to uphold friendship among students by sponsoring social and cultural activities such as shows, food events, and parties. We also work to assist the UVa, Charlottesville, and Mid-Atlantic region.