The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) provides funding and administrative support to initiatives that focus on specific Asian regions and policy issues. Current programs include:
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society
Housed by the IAR and supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation (RHNHFF), the Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society explores modern and contemporary Buddhist forms and their influence on spiritual, social, economic and political life around the world. In addition to connecting with local Buddhist communities, the program sponsors courses, speakers and an annual conference.
Jointly funded by the IAR and UBC’s Faculty of Arts, The Himalaya Program is an interdisciplinary hub for faculty, students and community partners to share knowledge about the Himalayan region, including Tibetan cultural zones and countries like Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Launched in 2015, the program offers language courses in Nepali and Tibetan, and hosts speakers and events on topics that are relevant to the region.
Program on Inner Asia
The 21st century has renewed interest in inner and central Asia as the policy community and researchers begin to explore issues of religious and ethnic identity and natural resource management. Launched by the IAR in 2005, the Program on Inner Asia seeks to improve global awareness of poorly understood countries like Mongolia through research, study and relationship building.