The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is committed to promoting the highest level of education and personal development for our students and community and to advancing top-quality and innovative research on various aspects of East Civilizations (China, Japan, and Korea). We specialize not only in the modern languages of China and Japan, but also in their classical traditions. In addition, we work on and teach various central components of East Asian civilizations: literature, theater, cinema, society, religions, philosophies, history, and visual cultures, including intercultural, transnational, and comparative issues. Our alumni, parents, and friends provide essential support for teaching, research, and program needs. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies benefits from annual unrestricted support and major gifts designated for special purposes. Your generosity plays a critical role in our ability to fulfill our mission and is truly appreciated. If you would like to play a stewardship role in the future of our department, and thus of our students and our community, please consider contributing today! Every gift counts.

There are many ways to support the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. Here are some of our highest priorities:
  • Funding for travel and study abroad for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Funding for public events organized by the department (lectures, workshops, conferences)
  • Graduate student research or teaching fellowships
  • Postdoc for a promising young scholar
  • Funds for scholars/artists in residence (to showcase and present to our students and the Santa Barbara community the work of leading scholars and artists from China and Japan)
  • Named annual public lecture
  • Endowed chair

Ways to Give

Each gift to the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies can be designed to coincide with the donor’s interests, to achieve the donor’s vision and goals while meeting the mission and the highest priority needs of the Department. In making a gift to East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, each donor may express his or her wish to designate a gift to any priority area within the Department.

We invite you to support the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Your gift will also count toward the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara, the first comprehensive campaign to raise private funds to ensure the university’s excellence for future generations. You can make your gift through any of the following convenient methods:


Make your contribution now via UCSB’s secure online donation portal: Give Now


If you are interested in making a major gift or have any questions about the vehicles for involvement, please contact:

Dana Loughlin
Director of Development
(805) 893-3922


Please make your check payable to “UC Regents.” On the memo section of the check, or in an enclosed letter, indicate that the gift is for “East Asian Languages and Studies at UC Santa Barbara” and note a specific priority or program if applicable.

Mail to:
Dana Loughlin, Director of Development
Office of Development
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-2013

We look forward to working with you to meet your philanthropic goals.