East Asia, by all indicators, is the fastest growing segment of the global economy. Given the region’s great population, strategic and economic importance, and rich cultural heritage, it is imperative that the students and faculty of Suffolk University, along with the greater community, engage this rapidly emerging part of the world in meaningful ways.

Suffolk University, in partnership with Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg BSJ ’52, DCS ’91, has created a world-class Institute for East Asian Studies to bring awareness and academic depth to important cultural, economic, and historical issues involving East Asia. The Rosenberg Institute serves as Suffolk University’s lead platform in the field of East Asian Studies, analyzing important trends in East Asian culture, history, economics, and geo-political alliances and initiatives. The Institute promotes exchanges among leading scholars, practitioners, and research and policy analysts through a series of events and programs each year designed around pertinent topics in East Asian Studies.

The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies represents a critical cornerstone of Suffolk University’s focus on East Asian Studies. It provides a strong foundation from which an array of academic explorations and initiatives in East Asian Studies can be undertaken.


The Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies stands at the center of Suffolk University's commitment to the study of the nations, cultures, and economies of East Asia. Through the Rosenberg Institute, scholars and students, community members and visitors, can gather to attend an array of programs focused on the nations and societies of East Asia.

In the College of Arts & Sciences, we are keenly aware of the key role East Asia plays in a world made smaller by globalization. This is why we offer courses in the languages, history, arts, and politics of the region. It is why we encourage our students and faculty to travel to all parts of Asia. And it is why we are adding a multidisciplinary major and minor program in Asian Studies to our undergraduate offerings. The Sawyer Business School and the Law School also offer a variety of courses and programs that link Suffolk University to East Asia.

The Rosenberg Institute serves as the intellectual and organizational hub for all of these activities. I hope to see you here in the coming months.

Kenneth S. Greenberg, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

International Welcome






서포크 대학교 로젠버그 동아시아 연구소

로젠버그 동아시아 연구소는 미국동부의 교육과 문화의 중심인 보스톤에 위치한 서포크 대학교 아시아학 연구의 요람(搖籃) 입니다.

본 연구소는 인문과학 대학에 소속되어있으며, 대학교내의 단과대학들과 연계하여 아시아에 관한 다양한 프로그램을 진행하고 있습니다. 아시아 관련 주요 인사 및 아시아학 분야의 저명 학자들을 초빙하여 세미나및 공개 강연회를 개최함은 물론, 서포크 대학교 교수진들의 아시아관련 연구와 참여(參與)를 도모 (圖謀) 하고 있습나다.

또한, 로젠버그 동아시아 연구소는 서포크 대학교 아시아학 프로그램과 연계하여 아시아 관련 필름상영 및 전시회등을 후원할 뿐 아니라, 해외연수 등을 권장하는 등 학생들이 아시아 문화와 언어을 배울 수 있는 기회를 제공하고 있습니다. 

The Rosenbergs

Born in Fall River, MA, Richard M. Rosenberg is a former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America who has also held senior positions with Seattle-First National Bank, Seafirst Corporation, and Wells Fargo Bank. He received his B.S. in journalism from Suffolk University in 1952, and his masters and law degrees from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Barbara Rosenberg, also a Fall River native, is a 1954 graduate of Brandeis University and has earned an M.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of San Francisco.

In lending their vision and financial support to the creation of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, the Rosenbergs have offered Suffolk University an opportunity to better understand a region of great strategic and economic importance.

“The reason we did it is that too many people on the East Coast, ranging from Washington all the way up to Boston, are so Eurocentric and do not understand that the 21st century belongs to Asia- not that we’re perfect on the West Coast,” Richard Rosenberg says. “So to the extent that Barbara and I can help Suffolk get a better focus on what I believe is the most important aspect of the 21st century, we think we’re doing a good thing.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that the world economy in the 21st century has shifted more to China and India than ever before,” Barbara Rosenberg adds. “We need to learn more about the customs, languages and mindsets of the Asian population. We hope the Institute offers a more globally balanced presentation of the world.”

Our Director

Now the director of the Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Ronald Suleski, a specialist on modern Chinese history, was formerly the Assistant Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. His research interests have focused on the period of Republican China during the 1920s and 1930s and he has published on topics covering China, Japan, and Korea. Dr. Suleski lived in japan, Taiwan and Korea for extended periods. While in Japan he served for eight years as President of the Asiatic Society of Japan. Among his publications are Civil Government in Warlord China: Tradition, Modernization and Manchuria (2002), and this year, a book chapter in English on Confucianism in contemporary China, and a booklet in Japanese on the Manchuria Youth Corps, composed of teenaged farm boys sent by the Japanese Government in the 1930s to colonize Manchuria.

Watch Dr. Suleski's lecture, "The Manchuria Youth Corps, 1938 - 1945".

Watch Dr. Suleski's lecture, "Confucius and Confucianism".