The mission of the Harvard Asia Center is to study Asia past and present, across disciplines and schools at Harvard, and across borders and cultures in Asia. The free exchange of ideas and the free movement of people is fundamental to pursue this mission, as it is to pursue the mission of Harvard University. Such freedoms are indeed the bedrock of American higher education generally. The Trump Administration’s Executive Order of January 27 restricting travel to the United States is a threat not just to those seeking to enter the United States from the seven countries it names. It threatens the basic values and goals of the University.
The Harvard Asia Center fully endorses Harvard President Drew Faust’s response to the executive order. We offer our full support to Harvard students, faculty, staff and affiliates, regardless of their country of origin or religious background, alongside Harvard’s other centers for area and international studies, the Harvard International Office, the University’s Global Support Services, and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. We will continue to welcome scholars and students from around the world who apply to Asia Center programs and those of the many Harvard Schools and Departments which offer opportunities for Asian studies. We also ask that anyone affiliated with the Asia Center who is affected by the executive order bring their situation to the attention of the Asia Center staff.