The UTSA East Asia Institute’s mission is to promote appreciation and understanding of East Asian societies and cultures both on campus and in the community through research, outreach, networking, education, student/faculty exchange, and business development and cooperation. The East Asia Institute organizes seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, film festivals, visual art exhibitions as well as bringing in performing art groups from China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian nations. It also encourages faculty research collaborations both within UTSA and with participating East Asian university researchers. In addition, the Institute promotes business collaborations and cooperation among UTSA, San Antonio, Texas and other East Asian cities and countries. The East Asia Institute helps to build an important educational, cultural, and business bridge between the Orient and San Antonio.