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The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures has moved to the 27th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.  

 

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, literature, film, theater, and culture.

When you enroll in our department’s courses, you will be taking them from teachers who are nationally recognized as experts in their fields. In our highly rated language classes, you will learn to develop all language skills and use them with fluency and accuracy.

We recognize that linguistic skills alone are not sufficient; you also need to learn about culture and how to behave appropriately in that culture. Moreover, you will learn about other equally important cultural frameworks through the non-language courses offered in our department and other departments on campus.

News and Events

EALL welcomes new and returning faculty

Faculty gathered on August 25, 2016, before the busy start Fall term began on August 29, 2016.  We welcomed Associate Professor Elizabeth Oyler, who will be teaching "Introduction to Japanese Literature" and "Tale of Genji" this fall term.  Returning from academic leaves are Cecile Sun, Yi Xu, Stephen Luft, and Wan-Ching Hsieh.  We also are proud to announce the appointment of Seung-Hwan Shin as a Visiting Assistant Professor Korean Culture.

Homemade covered dish items were enjoyed, along with a toast to the new academic year!

 

Beth Oyler and Stephen Luft both returned from teaching in Japan.

A toast to the new academic year!

 Chinese Language instructors: Jia Li, Bei Cheng, Xue Wei, Yi-Ting Cheng

Juchun Wei, Bei Cheng, Fan Fan

Sachiko Takabatake Howard, Noriko Kowalchuck, Kyungok Joo, Mi-Hyun Kim, Jiyoon Oh

Summer Intensive Japanese classes were a big success!

SEALS (Summer East Asian Language Studies) concluded on August 5, 2016.  The Third Year students completed the equivalency of two terms of student in just eight weeks.  First Year Intensive and Second Year Intensive Japanese courses earned 10 credits of study in just 10 weeks.  They completed their course on July 29.  Our intensive summer language program offers students to complete a year of study in a fun and intensive atmosphere.  And they still have three weeks of summer vacation before classes start for the Fall Term on August 29, 2016!  Congratulations to the students and faculty on a job well done.

Chinese Senior Wins Fulbright Study/Research Award for 2016-2017

Sam Gonzales, a senior Chinese major, received Fulbright Study/Research award. He will conduct his research in Yunnan,China for nine months. Sam plans to produce a historical survey tracing the changes and continuity of Yi (彝) written culture through Chinese conquest, missionary interactions and government mandated reforms of the writing system. At the end of his grant period he will produce an updated and modern historical survey of Yi written culture.

Three Chinese Students Win Critical Language Scholarship

Alexis Crossland completed Second Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Dalian in the summer of 2016.

Zoe Toigo complete Second Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Suzhou in the summer of 2016.

Sam Gonzales completed Fourth Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Tainan in the summer of 2016.

Local Students Excel at 2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center to host the 2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest. The contest was held on Friday, March 4th at the William Pitt Union on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

This year 110 students from the Western PA registered to compete in this daylong competition. Japanese language students of all levels and students who are involved in Japan-related cultural activities participated in one of four speech levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced and advanced plus) or the poster contest. Participating schools were Butler Area High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 University Preparatory School, Norwin High School, Shaler Area High School, South Side Area High School, and Upper St. Clair High School.

First place in the Advanced Plus category went to Nick Harn of Shaler Area High School, who also received the grand prize: an electronic Japanese-English dictionary donated by the Consulate General of Japan in New York. First place in the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner categories went to Maura Kurp of Norwin High School, tied between Michelle Yang of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School and Kaishia Ieraci of Norwin High School, and James Gresos of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, respectively. First place in the poster competition went to Erin Graham of Upper St. Clair High School.

PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS OF KOREAN LANGUAGE NEEDED

EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Korean language program beginning in the fall of 2016. Candidates must have native language proficiency, hold at least a college degree, and be authorized to work for the University. Prior experience in teaching foreign languages and familiarity with language pedagogy or linguistics is highly preferred. If interested, please contact Mi-Hyun Kim at kimmh@pitt.edu. A resume or CV is required for initial screening and candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interviews in April/May 2016.

PART-TIME CHINESE LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS NEEDED

EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Chinese language program beginning in the fall of 2016. Candidates must have native language proficiency, hold at least a college degree, and be authorized to work for the University. Prior experience in teaching foreign languages and familiarity with language pedagogy or linguistics is highly preferred. If interested, please send your CV to Juchun Wei at juchun@pitt.edu by March 31. Candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted to submit a sample lesson plan. Interviews will begin in April/May 2016.  

Charles Exley publishes a book

Charles Exley published a book on Satō Haruo, a Japanese writer. In this book entitled Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature, he offers the first comprehensive examination in English of Satō’s literary oeuvre from the 1910s through the 1930s. The study examines the ways in which selected novels and short stories interact with cultural discourses of the time, including the fantastic, the discourse on melancholy and mental illness, detective fiction and early film, colonial encounter and critique of civilization, and hysteria and psychoanalysis. Exley’s alignment of Satō’s fictional work with its cultural and historical context illustrates the complex ways in which Satō’s aesthetic projections derived from and comment on Japan’s experience with modernization during the twentieth century.