In the Spotlight

Dr. Kim

A renowned Korean Professor to teach Korean literature and film courses in the spring of 2018

Professor Seong-kon Kim, Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University and President of the Literary Translation Institute of Korea (a ministerial appointment with the Government of the Republic of Korea), is scheduled to teach Korean Literature in Translation and Korean Culture through Film in the spring of 2018. He will be in residence as CCAS Dean's Global Distinguished Scholar in the Humanities.

An internationally renowned author, translator, and literary critic, Professor Kim is widely recognized as a pioneer in postmodernism, post-colonialism, and cultural studies in Korea. You can read more about Professor Kim here.


Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). EALL focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and cultures. We offer majors in Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature, minors in in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language and Literature and the MA program in Chinese Language and Culture. Double majors and minors are possible with other GW schools and departments.

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. 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.

EALL Students Win Big in Speech Contests

speech contest winners

On October 29, 2017, two of our Chinese students won a silver and a bronze award at the 2017 Jiangsu Cup Sppech Contest. One week later, one of our Japanese students won a gold award at the J.LIVE Talk 2017 competition. Read more on them here and here.

Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series

A Festschrift for Professor Jonathan Chaves

Professor Schneider
Professor David K. Schneider

Cambria Press published a Festschrift, The Poet as Scholar: Essays and Translations in Honor of Jonathan Chaves, edited by Professor David K. Schneider. Professor Schneider is an Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He recently wrote to the Department describing the deep impact that Professor Chaves had on his career. You can read his letter here.