North Central College has continued this commitment toward Asian studies through student and faculty exchanges with universities in Japan, Asian curricular offerings, and Interim study trips to Asian countries. The Freeman Foundation, acknowledging North Central College's historic interest in Asian studies, recently awarded a large grant to enhance the East Asian studies programs at North Central College.Personifying North Central College's commitment to Asian Studies, Yaping Chen, an English professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, arrived in September as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence. She has spent this year visiting and teaching classes at North Central College and College of DuPage, discussing Chinese culture, drama, folklore, philosophy, women, and China-U.S. relations.