In the Spotlight

Chaves Book

JONATHAN CHAVES, professor of Chinese, is a major contributor to the newly published exhibition catalogue-book, 17th Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection, ed. Stephen Little, Munich, London, New York:  DelMonico Books/Prestel and The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, 2016:


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.

Japanese program delivers a national speech contest

The second annual J.LIVE Talk 2016 was held on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
J.LIVE Talk opening ceremony

Chinese program students win silver and bronze awards at speech contest

Five Chinese program students participated in this year's Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest, and won silver and bronze awards. Congratulations to all of them!  Read more here.

Chinese Major selected for the prestigious inaugural Schwarzman Scholars Fellowship

Marguerite Wedeman

Marguerite Wedeman, a Chinese major graduating in Spring 2016, was selected as one of the 111 students among 3000 applicants worldwide for the prestigious inaugural Schwarzman Scholars Fellowship. Read more here.