News & Events

Azize Altay Harvey is awarded prize in AATJ's Nengajo Contest
April 2: Hold the date for SPRING FLING

Don't be an April fool...plan to attend the exciting 16th Annual Spring Fling.  The department hosts all students working hard to learn Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.  There will be Food, Fun, Games, and Entertainment.  Time:  4:00-6:00 pm.   Place:  O'Hara Student Center Ballroom

The Dynamics of a Duo: Perceptions and Reflections of Gender, Nationality, and Identity in Yamamura Misa

Join us on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 noon for the first EALL colloquium of the new year presented by MA in East Asian Studies candidate, Ali Richardson.

Room:  4130 WWPH

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Pedagogical Technology Mini Workshops, Part Two: Anki


Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH

Stephen Luft, Lecturer, Coordinator, Japanese Language Program
Assigning study with Anki as homework:  This presentation will describe how to hold students accountable for studying with Anki, a free flashcard program, outside of class. While the presentation will focus on using Anki to aid retention of newly learned characters (e.g., kanji), it is considered to be applicable to a wide variety of subjects.

Refreshments will be offered.


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Pedagogical Technology Mini Workshops, Part One: VoiceThread and Quizlet

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH

Kyungok Joo, Assistant Instructor, Korean Language Program
Quizlet, Digital Flashcards for Vocabulary Learning. This presentation will demonstrate how to create digital flashcards to teach vocabulary to beginners in learning L2.

Vanessa Ju-Chun Wei, Acting Coordinator, Chinese Language Program
VoiceThreading 101: This presentation will cover basics on creating a VoiceThread and its pedagogical implications in a foreign language class. 

The Magic of K-Pop: A Cultural Consumption Perspective

Join us for the first EALL colloquium of the fall term on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 12:00 noon in room 4130 WWPH.

Yun-Oh Whang, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration of Katz Graduate School of Business will be discussing the phenomenon of K-Pop....

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Monkey Business

Join us to celebrate the release of Monkey Business volume 7, a journal showcasing the best of contemporary Japanese literature in translation and North American fiction. The Monkey Business team are visiting Pittsburgh for the first time with  TWO EVENTS:

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Department Congratulates Grads and Awardees

Early Spring Crop of Student Awards

The Department is proud to announce a number of scholarships our students have been awarded to our students. 

Chisom Obasih was awarded a CLS for Japan for this coming summer of 2017. 

The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships include: 

Megan Harris, Undergraduate:Japanese Room Committee Scholarship $3.500

Lynnea Lombardi, Undergraduate:Women's International Club Scholarship  $4,000

Mara Wearden, Undergraduate: Chinese Room Committee Scholarship $2,500

Carolynn Weeks, Undergraduate:John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship  $2,500

University Hosts 2017 Japanese Speech Contest

The annual Japanese High School Speech Contest is a collaboration between the Asian Studies Center and the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania, and is held each year on the Friday before Pitt’s Spring Break, in the William Pitt Union (this year, March 3). Pitt students, staff and faculty all participate along with faculty at CMU, Slippery Rock University and Robert Morris University, serving as judges and volunteers. The contest features a Poster Contest for students in their first year of Japanese or in a Japanese club at school, while the speech contest has four levels for students in their second year and beyond. This year’s poster contest theme was “The most fascinating Japanese technologies.” The Beginner Level speech, delivered by memory, is always a self-introduction. The upper level speeches, also delivered entirely by memory, followed the theme of “Imagine how Japanese society will change in the next 10 years.” The program also features a pedagogy workshop for the high school language teachers, booths and activities for the high school students, lunch and a cultural program prior to the awards ceremony. The Consul from the Consulate General of Japan, New York, always attends the program and awards an electronic dictionary to the Grand Prize winner of the speech contest.

Between 80-90 students from eight high school participated this year: Butler Area High School, Greensburg Salem High School, Norwin High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, Shaler Area High School, University Prep High School, and Upper St. Clair High School.

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PTI positions in Korean Language

EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Korean language program beginning in the fall of 2017. 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 a resume or CV to Mi-Hyun Kim at The CV is required for initial screening. Candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interviews in July/August 2017.

Chinese Program is awarded STARTALK grant

EALL is the recipient of the prestigious STARTALK grant, the first and only such Chinese language program to be so recognized in Western Pennsylvania. 

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Interns in Japan announced

Four Pitt students accepted for paid internships in Japanese companies this year. Congratulations to these students. Interested in internships next year? Contact Brenda Jordan at the Asian Studies Center.
Glen Ayes (University of Pittsburgh. Mechanical Engineering major; Japanese minor; ASC Certificate Student; Senior): Central Glass, Matsusaka (Mie Prefecture), Japan. Active Expert Center. (One year internship.)
Oliver Jia (University of Pittsburgh. Creating Writing and Japanese dual major; Sophomore.): Central Glass, Ube Plant. Ube (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Japan. Management Department. (Summer internship.)
Andrea Hall (University of Pittsburgh. Japanese major; Linguistics minor; Junior.): Central Glass, Kawasaki Plant. Kawasaki (Kanagawa Prefecture), Japan. Production Department. (Summer internship.)
Benjamin Tydings (University of Pittsburgh. Chemistry major; Japanese minor; ASC Certificate Student; Junior.): Taiheiyo Cement, Sakura City (Chiba Prefecture), Japan. R&D Department I (Chemistry). (Five-month internship.)

Echo Strategies partners with EALL for Japanese Language Internship in Pittsburgh

Echo Strategies has recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures to offer a local internship to Japanese language majors. This internship involves pilot-testing questionnaires targeted at Japanese audiences and translating responses into English. Jessica Shilling and Emma Lurye are the first two Japanese majors to serve as interns for Echo Strategies.

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Summer Intensive Japanese Classes Were a Big Success

Third Year Japanese Intensive language students

SEALS (Summer East Asian Language Studies) Japan concluded on July 28, 2017.   Students in First Year Intensive and Second Year Intensive Japanese courses earned 10 credits of study in ten weeks.  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 28, 2017!  Congratulations to the students and faculty on a job well done.