About - Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies

Learn more about the founders of the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Richard M. Rosenberg and Barbara Rosenberg, the vision they had for the institute and the director, Ronald Suleski.


Boston is a world-class city. Boston is linked to Asia in many ways, including several direct airline flights, a thriving community of international businesses that are heavily involved with Asia, and of course, by a number of respected universities that have active programs of study and research about Asia.

When the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies was set up in 2007, it allowed Suffolk University Boston to strengthen its Asia-related faculty and activities. Equally important, it allowed Suffolk to emphasize that the university gives an education aimed at the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow, a world that will unquestionably involve Asia.

Suffolk has an Asian Studies Program that allows students to select either a major, double major, or a minor field in Asian Studies. The Asian Studies Program is a faculty-led series of course offerings about Asia given by a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School. Every year a number of Suffolk students elect to spend a semester or a year abroad at a Suffolk-approved partner school in Asia. All Suffolk students who apply for one of these programs are eligible to receive a Rosenberg Asian Studies Scholarship, which is administered by the Suffolk Office of Study Abroad. Thus far, Suffolk students have traveled to Asia on university programs to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

When there is a program or activity about Asia on the Suffolk campus, usually the Rosenberg Institute is there, in some way, to encourage our faculty and students to invite members of the general public to attend one of our programs on campus and to invite prospective students with an interest in Asia to tour the Suffolk campus and meet with faculty members.

We welcome contact from all persons interested in Asia.

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 master's 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 his published work covered topics, ranging from China, Japan to 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.