In the Spotlight

in the spotlight

The LACMA catalogue (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to which Professor Jonathan Chaves contributed a chapter and poetic inscription translations, has won the Wittenborn Memorial Award, one of the most prestigious in the art field. See details here.




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 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 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.

A Profile of a Graduate

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Richard Pegg, BA '83 and MA'90 in Chinese and Japanese language and literature, has been an Asian art curator for the last 27 years. He is currently Asian Art Curator (since 2004) and Director of the Maclean Collection Asian art museum and separate map library in Illinois. He lectures widely and has written seven books and two dozen articles primarily on the visual art of East Asia. His most recent book is Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps (University of Hawai’I Press, 2017). He says that his studies at GWU were invaluable for his continuing education (Columbia University, PhD 2000) and professional career. You can listen to one of his lectures here