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

jon hills

Jon Hills is a co-owner of Hills Learning, a language school located in New York City. Jon founded the school eight years ago after extensive travels and living abroad in Japan for four years. His first job after graduation was an English teaching position in Gifu, Japan, that was introduced to him by his GW Japanese professor. After a couple of years in financial services in Tokyo, Jon and his wife moved to New York where they founded a language school that specializes in teaching Asian languages. The school has expanded its reach among working professionals and schools in the grand central area to include over 300 active students with multiple levels of classes for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Cantonese. The school was awarded full accreditation by the Middle States Association on April 1, 2016.