Exciting New Courses in the Spring Semester

Miyabi Goto, “Tokyo, Its Cinematic Landscape” JPTR 3559-002/5559-002. Thursdays 3:30-6:00 Shea House 211

Professor Laughlin presented a lecture on October 30, 2017 at Piedmont Valley Community College titled "Science Fiction and Futuristic Reality: China in the 21st Century and the Role of Fiction and Film."

China’s geopolitical re-emergence and its experience of globalization have pushed literature to the margins of public discourse. But there are still those who yearn to speak to social and historical tensions in China and its place in the world. Two of the most distinctive developments are the rise of independent documentary film since the turn of the 21st century, and the the subsequent explosion of science fiction, most prominently Liu Cixin for his epic trilogy The Three Body Problem.


Congratulations to Alexandra Siller who received the Silver Award for Chinese Speech Contest.

Alexandra Siller (史安谅) took part in the 2017 Annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on October 29, 2017. As a second year undergraduate student, she is currently taking the third year level Chinese language course. She plans to participate in the “Eight-Day Tour in Jiangsu Province” in summer 2018.


Understanding Contemporary China goes into it’s 5th edition, with contribution from Charles Laughlin

Charles A. Laughlin, Chair of the department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures has been a contributor to this textbook since its first edition in 1999, writing and rewriting an overview of literature and popular culture. Even in just the past five years since the publication of the fourth edition, dramatic changes have occurred under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.


Bryanna Gooding and Kayla Schroff were invited to present their findings on samurai literature.

On Friday, February 24th, the East Asian Studies Undergraduate Conference hosted by James Madison University gave undergraduate students studying East Asian cultures the opportunity to present papers on a variety of topics relating to East Asian society and culture. Focusing on China, Japan and Korea, the topics ranged from international relations, to religion, and interpretations of culture through media and pop culture.


Congratulations to Zainab Awan, for being choosen to take part in the JET program.

Zainab Awan, Class of 2016, B.A. in Biology and B.A. in Japanese Languages & Literature has been selected to be a part of JET ( Japan Exchange and Teaching ).


Esteemed Associate Professor Hsin-hsin Liang, receives two prestigious awards.

Hsin-hsin Liang (Associate Professor of Chinese from our department) received one of the 2017 All-University Teaching Awards, the Excellence in Education Abroad Award. 

She has also been recognized by the Z Society with the  "2017 Distinguished Faculty Award" for her efforts .


Deadline for 4+1 B.A./M.A. Program is approaching - Act Now!

Administered through the East Asia Center, the 4+1 B.A./M.A. Program for UVa Students is an interdisciplinary program intended for students who want in-depth exposure to East Asia at the graduate level while also gaining competency in an East Asian language. The program is designed for students who seek a rich knowledge of East Asia as preparation for careers in business, government service, and media, or as preparation for entering professional schools or doctoral programs. We now offer a streamlined pathway into the M.A.


Congratulations to Daniel Justus, one of our outstanding Student Assistants!

Daniel C. Justus (Chinese '16), a student assistant for the DEALLC, has been accepted at the University of Virginia's School of Law. He will begin his study in the fall of 2017 and hopes to integrate his background in Chinese into his study of the law by focusing on International Law and issues of  Intellectual Property Rights.