About Us

The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa serves as an intellectual hub in the Pacific for research on and learning about a highly diverse region that encompasses Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, and the Maldive Islands.

Faculty may offer other South Asian languages, such as Nepali, Marathi, or Bengali, as independent studies, and students are encouraged to pursue study abroad and summer programs to improve their South Asian language abilities. Faculty interests and the Center’s activities also pay attention to the South Asian diaspora, particularly the one in the Pacific—in Fiji and Australia. The South Asia Collection at Hamilton Library is one of the oldest in the country and offers an impressive array of books and journals in South Asian languages.