The Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (formerly known as the Pan-Asia Student Society) is the undergraduate course union for the Contemporary Asian Studies program at the University of Toronto. CASSU was founded in 2010 by students in the Dr. David Chu Asia Pacific Studies program, and strives to strengthen students’ understanding towards contemporary Asia from a global perspective in a non-classroom setting. Through organizing social, cultural, academic and professional events related to Asia, the group sets to enhance students’ interests for the region.
CASSU represents all undergraduate students affiliated or registered with the Contemporary Asian Studies or the Asia-Pacific Studies program. By organizing academic and social events, CASSU’s mandate is to create interest among undergraduate students and those within the Contemporary Asian Studies major and minor programs towards the region of contemporary Asia. CASSU will act as a liaison between undergraduate students and the Asian Institute, and will generate intellectual conversations as well as offer information about the Contemporary Asian Studies program, awards available within Asian Institute, study abroad in Asia, and Asia related career opportunities to its student audience.