Interested in Applying to the EALAC Graduate Programs?- Click here for more details on the PhD and MA programs and application process.
Congratulations to our 2020-21 EALAC Undergraduate Senior Thesis Writers!- Please join us in congratulating our undergraduate 2020-21 Senior Thesis writers for all of their hard work and efforts in the Senior Thesis Program! These students did an outstanding job and will receive the Oscar Lee Award for Senior Thesis Writers for their achievements. Bio: Maggie Moran is a member of Barnard College’s Class of […]
Social Networking Approach to Japanese Language Teaching: The intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age- Edited by: Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Fumiko Nazikian, Jisuk Park
Zhongqi Shi elected to the Board of Directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)- CLTA, established in 1962, is the largest and most influential professional organization devoted exclusively...
Recovering Histories: Life and Labor after Heroin in Reform-era China- "Drawing on more than eighteen months of fieldwork, Nicholas Bartlett explores how individuals’ varying experiences of recovery highlight shared challenges of inhabiting China’s contested present."
EALAC MA Program is Now Accepting Applications!- Check here for more detail
Professor Dorothy Ko in Heinz Emigholz’s new film The Last City for the upcoming New York Film Festival- Click here to see how to get your ticket.
Academic Resources Fair (September 2, 2020 3:00- 5:00PM EST)- Interested in learning more about the EALAC department? If you would like to learn more about East Asian studies and/or languages, please come to the the Academic Resources Fair on September 2nd! The 2020 Academic Resources Fair will be held virtually via Zoom. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will have its “virtual […]
Statement of Principles for Teaching in the Time of a Pandemic- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures fully endorses the Statement of Principles for Teaching in the Time of a Pandemic, which was originally published by the Department of English and Comparative Literature. As the University’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves, all of us look forward to returning to the […]
Update on COVID-19- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak originating from Wuhan, China. We take concerns about the virus seriously and are following Columbia’s guidelines and federal restrictions regarding international travel. For more information about steps being taken to address the situation, please read the University’s COVID-19 Guidance for the […]
International Symposium/Workshop in Japanese Literary & Visual Studies- Dear Friends and Colleagues, We welcome those who have pre-registered to attend the International Symposium and Workshop in Japanese Literary and Visual Studies. Please click here for the detailed program and schedule. Seating is first-come, first-served. If you have received a ticket and can no longer attend, please click on “Manage Tickets” button in the email confirmation to […]
Vernacular Industrialism in China: Local Innovation…- "Through the lens of Chen’s career, Eugenia Lean explores how unlikely individuals devised unconventional, homegrown approaches to industry and science in early twentieth-century China. She contends that Chen’s activities exemplify “vernacular industrialism,” the pursuit of industry and science outside of conventional venues, often involving ad hoc forms of knowledge and material work."
Tibetan Lecturer Position- The Tibetan Language Program of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for a Lecturer in Literary/Classical Tibetan Language. This is a full-time, one-year position with possible renewal up to 3 years contingent on satisfactory performance. Minimum qualifications for this position are an M.A. or its professional equivalent, native […]
Meet Our Alumni
Japanese History PhD ’17- "This program, like any career, rewards you when you are proactive. Knock on doors. Schedule appointments. Look off the beaten path."
Madeleine Zelin receives the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award- The EALAC department would like to congratulate Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies, on receiving the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award for her outstanding contributions and dedication to mentoring students within and outside the classroom.
Professor Seong Uk Kim receives the Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant Award- Seong Uk Kim has received the Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant Award, awarding him $15,000 towards his field research in Korea. The manuscript, “Evolving Tradition: revisiting the Buddhist-Confucian relationship in East Asia”
China Semi-Incorporated: The Battle For A Chinese Legal Modernity In The Early Twentieth Century- The University Seminars office & Columbia University Press are pleased to announce this year’s Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures to be given by Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies and Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. China Semi-Incorporated: The Battle For A Chinese Legal Modernity In The Early Twentieth Century MONDAY, […]
Professor Haruo Shirane awarded the first NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies- Haruo Shirane has been selected as the first recipient of the prestigious NIHU International Prize in Japanese Studies. The prize recognizes Shirane, professor of Japanese literature and culture at Columbia University, for outstanding achievement in Japanese studies (defined as the fields of Japanese history, literature, linguistics, folklore, ethnology, and environmental studies) and for major contributions […]
Japanese Language Lecturer Position- The Japanese Language Program of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time position as lecturer in Japanese to begin July 1, 2020. Minimum qualifications for this position are an MA in foreign language pedagogy, linguistics, or a related field; PhD is preferred; native or near-native proficiency […]
Assistant Professor Position in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in modern and contemporary Japanese literature to start July 1, 2020. Demonstrated interest in comparative research and a deep knowledge of Japanese language and culture are necessary. Preference will be given to candidates who also have expertise […]
Joowon Suh awarded the 2019 Language Consortium Workshop Grant- Joowon Suh (Senior Lecturer in Korean), with Angela Lee-Smith (Yale University) and Meejeong Song (Cornell University), has been awarded the Language Consortium Workshop Grant for AY2019-2020 of the amount of $5,000. The workshop, titled “Project-based Language Teaching and Learning,” will be held at Yale University on October 25 – 26, 2019. To learn more about […]
Professor Haruo Shirane awarded the 26th Yamagata Banto Prize- Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and chair of EALAC, has been awarded the 26th Yamagata Banto Prize for his book Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons (Columbia University Press). The prize was given for his contributions to “deepening the understanding of Japanese culture in a global context.” Details may be found […]
Ariella Napoli Receives Marianna McJimsey Student Paper Award- We are proud to announce that Ariella Napoli, an undergraduate major in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, has received the 2019 Marianna McJimsey Student Paper Award in recognition of her paper “Plurality within Singularity: Choson Korea’s Neo-Confucian Framework.” This award is given to one undergraduate student each year by […]
In Memory of Donald Keene- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is grieved to inform the Columbia community that Donald Keene, University Professor Emeritus and Shinchō Professor Emeritus, passed away on February 24, 2019 at the age of ninety-six in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Keene was one of the founding figures of the department and the primary catalyst for the […]
Paul Kreitman Receives 2018 Leopold-Hidy Award- Please join us in congratulating Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, on receiving the 2018 Leopold-Hidy Award for the best article published in Environmental History, an interdisciplinary journal that addresses issues relating to human interactions with the natural world over time. The article, “Attacked by Excrement: The Political Ecology of Shit in Wartime and […]
Madeleine Zelin Elected Trustee of Business History Conference- The department is pleased to announce that Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies, has been elected a trustee of the Business History Conference, a scholarly organization devoted to encouraging all aspects of research, writing, and teaching about business history and the environment in which businesses operate. Professor Zelin has been a leader in […]
Undergraduate Open House- Columbia undergraduates are invited to attend our open house on Tuesday, February 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in 403 Kent Hall. There will be a Q&A session led by EALAC faculty for those interested in the East Asian Studies major or concentration, and current majors and concentrators will be present to help answer […]
28th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia- The Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia will be held on Columbia University from February 15-16th at Kent Hall. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the opportunity to meet and share research with their peers. Over sixty presenters and discussants will cross national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to […]
Gray Tuttle Receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award- The department would like to congratulate Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, on receiving the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award for his exceptional instruction and scholarship this year. His mentorship of graduate students and work with Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning has led to greater involvement of students in conference planning […]
Symposium: Vietnam & China in the Longue Durée- In recent times, China’s interests and actions in Southeast Asia have become increasingly representative of a global economic and political agenda, interwoven with economic campaigns in Africa, and diplomatic relations with Europe and the United States. In this complicated negotiation, Vietnam has emerged as a crucial pivot between the modern Sinosphere and the ASEAN nations, while the […]
Zhongqi Shi to Present at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting- We are proud to announce that Zhongqi Shi, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, has been invited to present his paper Student-teacher Goal Alignment: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Determining Its Effect on Interaction and Motivation at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education […]
C.V. Starr East Asian Library Seeks Japanese Studies Librarian- Japanese Studies Librarian C.V. Starr East Asian Library Columbia University Libraries The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States with over 840,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials and over 7,200 periodical titles. Reporting to the Director, […]
Joowon Suh Elected President of the American Association of Teachers of Korean- Please join us in congratulating Joowon Suh, Senior Lecturer in Korean and Director of the Korean Language Program, for her recent election as the ninth president of the American Association of Teachers of Korean, an organization dedicated to promoting Korean linguistic, literary, and cultural studies in the United States. She was elected in June of […]
Conference “Early Cities and Economy: The Development of Urbanism, Regional Politics, and Economic Networks in the Shandong Peninsula before the Rise of Empire”- On October 25-27, archaeologists from China and North America attended the international conference “Early Cities and Economy: The Development of Urbanism, Regional Politics, and Economic Networks in the Shandong Peninsula before the Rise of Empire” hosted by the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University. The event was cosponsored by the Tang Center for […]
Now accepting graduate applications for 2019-2020!- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is now accepting applications for our 2019 graduate programs. The deadline for the EALAC Ph.D. program is November 30, 2018. The priority deadline for application to the EALAC M.A. Program is November 30, 2018. Space permitting, applications will be accepted for the M.A. program on a rolling […]
New Vietnamese Language Program- We are proud to announce the opening of a new program of Vietnamese language study beginning in the fall of 2018. Our new instructor, Nguyễn Phương Chung, comes to Columbia with extensive experience teaching Vietnamese at the college and graduate levels in Vietnam, developing pedagogy tailored to the specific demands of the Vietnamese language, and […]
Ying Qian is Awarded Global Humanities Projects Grant- We are pleased to announce that Ying Qian, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, along with Debashree Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, and Brian Larkin, Professor of Anthropology, have been awarded a Global Humanities Projects Grant. The grant supports their project Thinking the Ecological in Media Studies which conceives of […]
Alice Travers’ Talk on March 28th- By Bart Qian On March 28th, WEAI and the Modern Tibetan Studies Program hosted Alice Travers, a permanent researcher in the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and a member of CRCAO (Centre for Research on East Asian Civilisations – UMR 8155) at the Collège de France in Paris. The talk was moderated by […]
A Conversation on Early Gelug Institutional History with José Cabezón- A Conversation on Early Gelug Institutional History with José Cabezón (far left) By Constantine Lignos Over the Spring Break, WEAI and the EALAC department hosted a conversation with the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Dalai Lama Professor, Dr. José Cabezón, moderated by EALAC’s Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Dr. Gray Tuttle. […]
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Chinese history, literature, or visual culture, to begin July 1, 2018.- The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Chinese history, literature, or visual culture, to begin July 1, 2018. The Lecturer in Discipline will be expected to be the MA Program Director in East Asian studies. The successful candidate will teach Chinese Civilization (a Columbia College Global […]
A Summer in Seoul- By: Clarissa Macias-Martinez As a third-year East Asian Studies major, spending an entire summer in Seoul is an academic dream come true. Ten weeks in an intensive language course would not only further prepare me on my academic journey, but it would also allow for personal growth and independence. A month ago, studying abroad this […]
NEW FELLOWSHIP FOR UNDERGRAD SUMMER LANGUAGE STUDY for NON-CITIZENS (Due March 23)- Please see the announcement below for a new fellowship geared for undergrads who are non US citizens for summer language study. This is a wonderful opportunity to fund your study of East Asian languages over the summer, including programs both in and outside of the United States. Please email me if you have any questions–and […]
Columbia Student Well-Being Survey- Columbia Student Well-Being Survey Take the survey today – check your inbox! universitylife.columbia.edu/wellbeingsurvey Who: All Columbia students. What: A state-of-the-art University-wide student well-being survey on campus life, mental health and gender-based misconduct. When: Right after spring break. Where: You’ll receive an ema il from DataStat, the company that will administer the survey and protect the […]
Heyman Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship in East Asian Civilizations- We invite applications for this postdoctoral fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. The application deadline is May 23rd. Selection and announcement will take place in the last week of May. The fellowship is usually awarded to a recent PhD graduate of EALAC or an allied Columbia department; exceptions to this have been rare. Candidates who […]
Madeleine Zelin Re-elected to the International Society for Chinese Law and History’s Board of Directors- We are pleased to announce that Madeleine Zelin, the Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies at Columbia University, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Chinese Law and History. The International Society for Chinese Law and History (ISCLH) was established in 2014 to promote more regular exchanges of ideas and fruitful […]
Journal of Korean Studies Fall 2017 issue, Volume 22, No.2. Published- The Center for Korean Research in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University is pleased to announce the publication of the Journal of Korean Studies Fall 2017 issue, Volume 22, No.2. Guest edited by Steven Chung (Princeton University) and Hyun Seon Park (Yonsei University), the fall 2017 thematic issue, “The Cold War in Korean Cinemas,” offers seven articles that complement […]
Eugenia Lean is Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant- We are pleased to announce that Eugenia Lean, the Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (on leave AY 2017-18) and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Columbia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH grant, announced in December 2017, will support the next six months of Professor Lean’s […]
C.V. Starr Library New Acquisition: Documents of the Proletarian Cultural Movement in Prewar Japan- C.V. Starr Library New Acquisition: Documents of the Proletarian Cultural Movement in Prewar Japan A new DVD on Documents of the proletarian cultural movement of the prewar Shōwa era (昭和戦前期プロレタリア文化運動資料集) has been acquired and is now accessible through the dedicated Japanese language CD/DVD-ROM workstation in the Starr Reading Room (300 Kent Hall). This DVD, newly […]
Two Thought Provoking Talks by Alisa Freedman- by Stephen Choi
Professor Theodore Hughes awarded Heyman Center Fellowship for 2018-2019- Professor Theodore Hughes awarded Heyman Center Fellowship for 2018-2019 Professor Theodore Hughes, Director of the Center for Korean Research and Korean Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, has been awarded a Heyman Center Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Funded by Office of the Executive Vice-President of the Arts and Sciences, this yearlong […]
The CKR in the Weatherhead Institute invites applications for its 2018-2019 Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Postdoctoral Fellowship- Center for Korean Research AKS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies, 2018-2019 The Center for Korean Research in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University invites applications for its 2018-2019 Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Center is searching for a scholar who conducts Korea-related research in any discipline in the humanities or […]
CONSORTIUM WORKSHOP AWARD – FUMIKO NAZIKIAN and JISUK PARK- Consortium Workshop Award – Fumiko Nazikian and Jisuk Park This year’s winning proposal for a workshop funded by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is titled “Working at the Intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age: Social Network Approaches (SNA) to the pedagogy of language teaching” and was submitted by Fumiko Nazikian, senior lecturer in Japanese language […]
WM. THEODORE de BARY MEMORIAL SERVICE- The memorial service for Wm. Theodore de Bary, former Provost of the University, noted Columbia educator, Sinologist, and alumnus, will be held on Thursday October 5th, at 5:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, followed by a reception at 6:30PM in the CV Starr East Asian Library. Please join us in celebrating his life and work […]
27th ANNUAL COLUMBIA GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE ON EAST ASIA- 27th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia Graduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts for the 27th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, to be held at Columbia University on February 23rd and 24th, 2018. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the opportunity to meet […]
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IS SEEKING VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE LECTURER- Columbia University is seeking Vietnamese Language Lecturer Description: The Vietnamese Language Program of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a lecturer position in modern Vietnamese, beginning fall 2018. This is a full-time position with multi-year renewal contingent upon successful review. Responsibilities include teaching first-year through fourth-year modern Vietnamese. We are […]
A Little Wisdom at Busan International Film Festival- A Little Wisdom at Busan International Film Festival EALAC congratulates one of its own Ph.D. students Riga Shakya on co-producing the film A Little Wisdom, debuting this October at the Busan International Film Festival. Please click on this BIFF link for more information.
Lydia H. Liu named the Phi Beta Kappa/Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar for 2017-2018- ICLS Director Lydia H. Liu has been named the Frank M Updike Memorial Scholar by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program for 2017-2018. The designation is awarded to a “distinguished scholar in the humanities, especially one who is prepared to address intercultural relations.”
Wm. Theodore de Bary (1919-2017)- Wm. Theodore de Bary, noted scholar of East Asia and a leader in establishing the role of Asian studies in general education at Columbia College and around the country, died peacefully in his home, Hotokudo, in Tappan, New York, on July 14, 2017. de Bary was responsible for the creation of the Asian Humanities curriculum […]
Korean Studies at a Glance- In the field of Korean Studies, recent Columbia graduates have made remarkable accomplishments in the job market...
Graduate Students Meet with ChinaFile’s Jonathan Landreth- On Friday, April 14th, a handful of EALAC graduate students joined members of the journalism school for a conversation on scholarly journalism with ChinaFile’s Managing Editor, Jonathan Landreth. As new media on China proliferates, contributing voices to the public conversation on China have grown as well. Workshop participants considered how the academic community could best […]
Comparative Postwars: Japan, Germany, and Elsewhere- By: Michelle L. Hauk (January 2016) On Friday, October 21st, students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public packed room 918 in the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. Staff at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute had filled the tiny T-shaped room with as many chairs as could fit in anticipation of a big event […]
Welcome to Assistant Professor Nicholas Bartlett- EALAC proudly welcomes Nicholas Bartlett as a new Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society at Barnard College. Since receiving his PhD in 2012 in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, Professor Bartlett has published widely on heroin addiction, treatment and drug policy in contemporary China. His current research […]
Welcome to Assistant Professor Ying Qian- EALAC proudly welcomed Assistant Professor Ying Qian to the faculty in 2015. Professor Qian, who received her PhD in 2013 from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, combines a scholarly interest in Chinese literature, cinema, and politics with an artistic one in film making, criticism, and programming. She is completing […]
Graduate Students Engage with Faculty for a Conversation on Teaching- Allison Bernard (Premodern Chinese Literature) Midday on November 10th, a group of EALAC PhD students and faculty gathered for a teaching workshop on the topic of East Asian humanities lecture courses. During the hour-and-a-half-long event, graduate students discussed teaching strategies and sought advice from a practiced panel of faculty mentors: Associate Professors David Lurie and […]
Chinese Literature at the ‘Rethinking Authorship’ Symposium- By: Allison Bernard (Premodern Chinese Literature) New scholarship on medieval and early modern Chinese literature was among the exciting work showcased at EALAC’s March 10-11th international symposium, “Rethinking Authorship in East Asia and Europe.” While most symposium papers focused on Japanese literature, the event included presentations by several scholars of European literatures, as well as […]