The Books for Asia program was launched by The Asia Foundation in 1962.
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a continuous presence in the Republic of Korea since 1954. The Foundation’s programs have changed over the decades as Korea has undergone rapid economic development and democratization. Early programs supported institution building, research and training in support of development objectives, good governance, and women’s empowerment. Now that Korea has achieved many of its goals in these areas, and has become a model for other countries, the Foundation is adjusting its programs accordingly.
Today, The Asia Foundation works with Korean partners to meet the challenges and responsibilities arising from Korea’s emergence as an important economic and diplomatic player in the Asia-pacific region, even as the country faces the unfinished business of national unification.
Current programs focus on Korea’s relations with the United States and its Asian neighbors, Korea’s expanding role as aid provider for the less developed countries of Asia, and engagement with North Korea to encourage the process of economic change and opening.
The Foundation welcomes partnerships with non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and government agencies in developing long-term programs addressing issues within these broad themes. Program strategies include international exchanges, public forums, capacity building, and other activities aimed at long-term impact. We share costs and work with our partners to identify and secure additional funding as needed.