Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, EALL focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese languages and cultures. We offer both majors and minors in Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature, and also a minor in Korean Language and Literature. Double majors and minors are possible with other GW schools and departments. We are also launching a new MA proram in Chinese Language and Culture in Fall 2016.

(Pictured above are the faculty members of EALL in August 2015)

EALL prepares students for significant careers in East Asian affairs and related fields by helping them develop leadership qualities through rigorous academic and professional training. The department also organizes academic events such as the oldest and continuous annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium, to promote interdisciplinary and international dialog. Careers in East Asia related fields offer very diverse opportunities in a world in which East Asia plays an increasingly important role. The students in our program go into government, diplomacy, business, academia, intelligence, medicine, and the legal profession.

The DC Metropolitan area is one of the most culturally diverse in the nation and one of the world's most cosmopolitan urban areas. In the heart of the United States' capital, GW has become one of the major North American centers for the study of East Asian cultures. GW, like few other educational institutions of higher learning in the United States, is strategically situated geographically and demographically to further the research and teaching of East Asian languages, cultures and current affairs.

Professor Kim-Renaud

Professor Emerita Young-Key Kim-Renaud's gift to EALL

Professor Emerita Young-Key Kim-Renaud leaves a legacy of excellence in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Read more

Japanese Speech Contest

The Japanese Program, in collaboration with the GWU Language Center, is proud to present the 1st Annual J-Live Talk in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. Please see the Language Center website for details.

MA Program in Chinese Language and Culture starting Fall 2016

The MA Program in Chinese Language and Culture prepares graduate students with broader knowledge and deeper understanding of the Chinese language, literature, and culture. For more information, contact Prof. Phyllis Zhang (, Director of the MA Program. You may start your applications here

Professor Chaves interviewed on TV

Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, was featured guest on the TV show, Window to China, hosted by Zhang Xinyu on Fairfax Public Access Channel 10. Click to watch the video.

Our Students Earn Top Honors in 2014 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

Four students currently studying Chinese received the top awards in the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest on November 2, 2014, including one Gold Award, two Silver Awards and one Bronze Award. (Read more here)

Internationally acclaimed Japanese author Nakamura Fuminori visits GW

The internationally acclaimed Japanese author Nakamura Fuminori visited GW on November 5, 2014. He gave an interview and reading from his recent publication Last Winter, We Parted (Soho Press, 2014). (Read more...)