Established in 2008, the Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University houses the B.A. in Asian Studies degree program. The Chao Center brand of Asian Studies focuses on transnational, transhistoric, diasporic, and global movements of peoples and cultures of Asia. The Center was founded with a generous gift from the T.T. and W.F. Chao Foundation, which enables the Center to effectively support faculty research on Asia. The Chao Center also defines itself as a key player in reaching the Asian and Asian American populations in Houston and beyond, promoting community building and broader cultural understanding.