The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Books for Asia in China

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program has delivered more than 3.5 million books to China since 1980.

Status of Education

Although China's literacy rate is high at over 90% (as of 2006), colleges and universities often lack the resources to acquire the kinds of professional books and publications needed to meet the changing demands of China's rapidly growing economy and increasingly open and dynamic society of 1.3 billion people. Since 2002, the Ministry of Education has promoted English as a compulsory subject beginning in grade 3 in both urban and rural schools.

Current Focus

In China, Books for Asia focuses on higher education. Each year, 80,000 new books contributed by American publishers reach more than 200 universities in 27 provinces. The vast majority of the books are professional texts related to critical development topics such as economics, finance, business, engineering, medicine, nursing, architecture, and computer science.

Read more about The Asia Foundation's work in China.

Project and Partner Highlights

Special Collections of Environmental and Law Books. In 2010, Books for Asia donated specially selected books on best practices in environmental protection and policy to the Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Center of Environmental Education and Communication, Ministry of Environmental Protection. American and European legal texts were donated to the State Council Legislative Affairs Office and Supreme People's Court.

Major Publisher Donors: international Monetary Fund, TESOL, Abrams, Stylus, Pearson, Lynne Rienner, W.W. Norton & Company, and Island Press.


Wang Hanyan, Office Manager
The Asia Foundation
Suite 1905, Building No. 1
Henderson Center
18 Jianguomennei Avenue
Beijing 100005 China

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