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James Olsen and Minji Kim at the 2017 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

Our students won awards at the 2017 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

October 30, 2017

Our students James Olsen and Minji Kim (pictured on the left) won Silver and Bronze awards respectively at the 2017 Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest.

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Japanese student earns a silver award at J.LIVE Talk 2016

November 15, 2016

Congratulations to Tyler Burton, who won the Silver Award at J.LIVE Talk 2016!

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Five Chinese program students participated in this year's Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

November 07, 2016

Julia Reinhold (2nd left), Reid Bradt (4th left), Elizabeth Telford (3rd left), and Dayna Bailey (1st left) won silver awards, and Chris Couper (2nd right) won a bronze award. (Click to read more)

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Chinese Major selected for the prestigious inaugural Schwarzman Scholars Fellowship

January 14, 2016

Marguerite Wedeman, a Chinese major graduating in Spring 2016, was selected as o

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Japanese summer institute to be offered in May - July, 2016

December 24, 2015

This 8-credit program integrates Japanese language coursework with cultural activities. The program includes group activities, cultural events, and meals, all at a discounted tuition rate. For 8 weeks, students are immersed and inspired through a Japanese linguistic and cultural learning experience.

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Japanese students earn top honors in a speech contest

November 11, 2015

Congratulations to Dunkin Adams, who won the Silver Award, Ke Dong, who won the Bronze Award, and Chieko Quigley, who received the Judge’s Special Recognition!

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Our students win silver awards in the Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest

November 04, 2015

Three students in the Chinese program, Tzara Geraghty (顾双焱 center in photo), Andrew Castillo (柯安德 left in photo), and Luis Rodriguez De Cespedes (罗路易 right in photo), gave excellent performances in

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Professor Emeritus Young-Key Kim-Renaud's gift to EALL

September 24, 2015

On the occasion of her retirement in June 2015, Professor Emeritus Young-Key Kim-Renaud, with her husband, Dr.

Professor Jonathan Chaves interviewed on TV by Channel 10 Fairfax County Public Access

February 11, 2015

Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, was featured guest on the TV show, Window to China, hosted by Zhang Xinyu on Fairfax Public Access Channel no. 10. Click to watch the video.

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Professor Hongyuan Dong gave two talks at Western Michigan University

January 22, 2015

Professor Hongyuan Dong gave two invited talks at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. On January 15, 2015, Professor Dong delivered a public lecture at Western Michigan University. In this lecture he talked about the Mandarin Campaign and language policy in mid-Qing Dynasty, based on his recent archival studies done at the First Historical Archives of China.

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Professor Jonathan Chaves receives the Lucien Stryk Award for best translation of the year

November 15, 2014

Professor Chaves received the Lucien Stryk Award for best translation of the year (2013) from an Asian language for his book, Every Rock a Universe. He accepted the award at the ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) conference in Milwaukee on November 13, 2014. (https://twitter.com/LitTranslate/status/628691827533697028)

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Internationally acclaimed Japanese author Nakamura Fuminori visits GW

November 10, 2014

The internationally acclaimed Japanese author Nakamura Fuminori visited GW on November 5, 2014. Nakamura is currently on tour to promote the recent publication of Last Winter, We Parted (Soho Press, 2014), the English translation of his novel from 2012. He gave a reading from the work and an interview session at the Sigur Center. Assistant Professor Anri Yasuda moderated, and Assistant Professor Leo Hanami interpreted for the author. (Click the title to read more)

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Our Students Earn Top Honors in 2014 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

November 05, 2014

Four GW students who are currently studying the Chinese language and culture in our department received the top awards in the 2014 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest on November 2, 2014. The four GW contestants gave excellent performances and received the following awards: Gold Award: Eric Beeler (温海涵); Silver Awards: Angela Sako (安怡洁) and Marguerite Wedeman (吴晓曼): Bronze Award: Samuel Klein (柯连山) (click the title of this news item to read the whole article.)

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Professor Hongyuan Dong is interviewed by Routledge and featured as Author of the Month

November 03, 2014

Hongyuan Dong, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics, was interviewed by Routledge about his new book A History of the Chinese Language. In this interview he revealed how readers can apply their knowledge gained from reading this book to understanding of the Chinese language and culture in general.

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Professor Jonathan Chaves delivers a seminar and a lecture at UCLA

November 03, 2014

Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese Literature, gave a seminar for colleagues in translation and delivered a public lecture at UCLA. The latter was held at the on-campus Fowler Museum auditorium and attracted some 150+ attendees. It was followed by a book-signing for his books, Every Rock a Universe (on which the lecture was based) and Cloud Gate Song. He also enjoyed an elegant luncheon held for him at the historic Riviera Golf Course by the Lee family, the sponsor of the Lecture series.

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Professor Shoko Hamano publishes a new book: Nihongo no Onomatope

September 29, 2014

Shoko Hamano, Professor of Japanese and International Affairs, published a new book titled 日本語とオノマトペ:音象徴と構造 (Nihongo no Onomatope: Onshōchōto Kōzō "Onomatopoeia in Japanese: Sound Symbolism and Structure") Tokyo: Kurosio, 2014. Onomatopoeia, which tends to be marginalized in the study of European languages, plays crucial roles in the Japanese language. In this book, Professor Hamano demonstrates the close synchronic and diachronic relationships between the regular vocabulary stratum and the onomatopoeic stratum in Japanese.

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Professor Hongyuan Dong publishes a new book: A History of the Chinese Language

August 15, 2014

Hongyuan Dong, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistic, has just published a new book titled A History of the Chinese Language, by Routledge. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the historical development of the Chinese language from its proto Sino-Tibetan roots in prehistoric times to Modern Standard Chinese. Taking a highly accessible and balanced approach, it presents a chronological survey of the various stages of Chinese language development, covering crucial aspects such as phonology, syntax and semantics.

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Professor Phyllis Zhang publishes a new book Developing Chinese Fluency: An Introductory Course

August 10, 2014

Ni Wo Ta 你我他 (Developing Chinese Fluency: An Introductory Course), published by Cengage Learning (2014), is Professor Phyllis Zhang’s new multimedia program. This a new introductory-level textbook series offers beginning learners of Chinese an enriching language learning experience through a narrative video story, innovative instructional design, robust technology integration, and a wide range of cultural coverage. It employs an intuitive and functional approach to proficiency development, with effective strategies to tackle tough areas such as tones, literacy development, and difficult

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Professor Liana Chen publishes a new book: Cong Antou Dao Qushu

August 01, 2014

Assistant Professor Liana Chen authored the book 從案頭到氍毹:《牡丹亭》明清文人之詮釋改編與舞臺藝術之遞進 (Cong antou dao qushu: Mudan ting Ming Qing wenren zhi quanshi gaibian yu wutai yishu zhi dijin "Literati and Actors at Work: The Transformations of Peony Pavilion on Page and on Stage in the Ming and Qing Dynasties"), published by 臺大出版中心 (National Taiwan University Press 2013). Tang Xianzu's Peony Pavilion has had a long and illustrious afterlife in print and on stage. This book examples the shifting priorities and aesthetic tastes in stage and literati adaptations of the play in multiple cultural contexts.

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Professor Jonathan Chaves publishes a new book, Every Rock A Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing

July 15, 2014

This title includes the first complete translation of Wang Hongdu’s A Record of Comprehending the Essentials of the Yellow Mountains.

The Yellow Mountains (Huang shan) of China’s Anhui Province have been famous for centuries as a place of sce- nic beauty and inspiration for poets, painters, and travelers, and remain a hugely popular tourist destination today. A “golden age” of Yellow Mountains travel came in the 17th century, especially after the traumatic Manchu invasion of China in 1644 led to the overthrow of the Ming dynasty. The mountains

Professor Alexa Huang delivers a keynote speach at a mentoring event

April 04, 2014

Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs, is the first non-Korean keynote speaker at the 5th annual mentoring seminar co-organized by KOWIN DC (kowindc.org) with the Korean language and culture program and the Korean Student Association at GW: The 5th Annual KOWIN DC Leadership Seminar

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Alexa Huang receives an American Council of Learned Society fellowship

March 01, 2014

Our faculty affiliate Alexa Huang has received the American Council of Learned Society's Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for her book project Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press). She will be in residence at the Folger Library for 2014-2015 to conduct research.

Professor Chaves Speaks at Art Exhibition

February 01, 2014

Professor Jonathan Chaves gave the keynote address at the opening of the exhibition, No Eye Flowers, works of calligraphy, painting and ceramics by Stephen Addiss. He also authored the lead essay in the catalogue. Stephen Addiss, newly emeritus Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond (where the exhibition is being held from Feb. through May, 2014), is one of the few Westerners to master the art of calligraphy as practiced in Japan, working both in Chinese and in Japanese styles. His innovative explorations of the medium have been exhibited throughout the USA and Canada, as well as in Taiwan and in Japan.

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The Artful Recluse, to which Professor Jonathan Chaves is a major contributor, has just won The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award

January 01, 2014

The Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions is one of two awards granted annually to the finest scholarly art books of the year as adjudged by the College Art Association (CAA). This is the primary association of art historians in the nation.

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Professor Jonathan Chaves' video-interview on his new book "Every Rock A Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing"

October 01, 2013

When he was in NY for the China Institute book-signing, Professor Jonathan Chaves was also invited to do a video-interview to be posted on line for the "Chinafile" project, in which authors of current and recent books dealing with China are interviewed, and then the questions edited out, leaving a statement about the volume by the author.