The Asia Foundation Remembers Robert Scalapino

San Francisco, November 4, 2011 — Robert Scalapino, long-time trustee of The Asia Foundation, passed away on Tuesday night, November 1 at the age of 92. He joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1983 at the invitation of the Foundation’s then president, Dr. F. Haydn Williams. He was an active board member until 2004 and then served as Trustee Emeritus.

In addition to his commitment to The Asia Foundation, Professor Scalapino was the Robson Research Professor of Government & Emeritus of Political Science University of California-Berkeley. He founded UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and also founded the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where he served as the organization’s first chairman. Long respected as one of the world’s leading Asian scholars, Professor Scalapino’s work on East Asia spanned more than 50 years; he authored more than 553 articles and 39 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S.-Asia policy. In 2010, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars established the Scalapino Prize, an award that honors the legacy of Professor Scalapino and is given biennially to a scholar in the field of Asian studies.

A December memorial is being planned, and details will be announced soon. Donations in his memory can be made to the “Robert A. Scalapino Fund” at University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies, benefiting undergraduate students at UC Berkeley with an interest in East Asian studies. Contact Rochelle Halperin at for details.

Gordon Hein, The Asia Foundation’s vice president of programs, presented “A Tribute to Renowned Asia Expert, Professor Robert Scalapino” at a 2010 event at UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies. Read his tribute in our blog, In Asia.

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