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 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

Professor Michael Wert, Our Alumnus, to Deliver a Talk

Professor Wert

Professor Wert, a graduate of GW (B.A. East Asian Studies, 1997), will deliver a talk on March 23rd, 2018, as part of Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture series. Professor Wert is an associate professor of East Asian history at Marquette University, with a focus on early modern and modern Japan.His first book Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan engages memory theory by asking how memory can help answer broader historical questions. Specifically, it traces the “memory landscapes” of the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to the present through the lens of those on the losing side. His second project continues to center around the Meiji Restoration, using theoretical tools to investigate the role of martial fantasy, culture, and violence in the early modern period. Professor Wert studied Japanese in our department while an undergraduate student.