In the Spotlight

Korean professors

Dr. Immanuel Kim (left), Korea Foundation and Kim-Renaud Associate Professor of Korean Literature and Culture Studies, and Dr. Insung Ko (right), Teaching Assistant Professor in the Korean Language joined the Department this fall. 

Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He is an authority on North Korean literature and film and is the author of a recent book on North Korean literataure, Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality, and Memory in North Korean Fiction (University of Hawaii Press, 2018).  

Dr. Ko received his Ph.D. from University of Hawai'i. His research interests include Korean Linguistics, second language pedagogy, phonetics, and language testing. Professor Ko brings with him a track record of having built a very successful Korean program at Washington University in Saint Louis. 

We are very happy to have Dr. Kim and Dr. Ko on board!


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.

Our Students

nitya and clark

Nithya Prakesh (left) was invited to visit Ueda, Nagano Prefecture in Japan as part of a short-term internship. The internship was organized by G-WILL International, a non-governmental organization founded by Miwa Omori, a GW graduate. Nithya visited colleges and high schools, and areas of interest. She had the opportunity to meet with local government officials and foreign affairs minded NGO members. She says that the experience definitely made her want to go back to Japan and try living/working there. Here is the link to her photos.

Clark Lambo (right) studied in the intensive ACC language program in Beijing. During that time, he realized he wanted to return to China to further his work and educational experiences. Before attending university in Beijing, he found an internship with a Chinese FinTech company. He worked in the marketing department, where his responsibilities included: translation, writing reports on foreign views and developments about blockchain technology, writing short WeChat articles for potential customers, filming short ‘douyin’ (抖音) videos to bolster social media presence, and connecting the Chinese and U.S. market places through contact with foreign media outlets. Clark credits GW’s Chinese professors for teaching him not only solid language skills but also the importance of keeping an open mind and respecting a culture which one may not fully understand yet. 

Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series

Students Earn Top Honors in Chinese Speech Contest

Jiangsu Cup winnersTwo students in the Chinese program, Andrew Allard (安竹) and Heidi Schwenk (杨冰玉), gave excellent performances in the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest held on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Andrew Allard won a gold award and Heidi Schwenk won a bronze award! Read more here.