(ERI) is a nonprofit research and educational
organization dedicated to the enhancement and deepening
of cultural understanding between Eastern and Western
societies through innovative approaches to research
The work of ERI has evolved through three phases.
In the early 1950s, the Institute made a concerted
effort to introduce democratic ideals to the Korean
During the 1970s, ERI pushed for the introduction
of Korean and Korean American Studies to the American
and Korean American academic community.
In the 1990s, ERI broadened its scope to include
comparative East Asian and Korean diasporaic studies.
East Rock Institute is situated in New Haven. CT,
adjacent to Yale University.
The Institute's name, taken from a New Haven landmark,
symbolizes the firm foundation of East Asian and
Korean studies in the United States.