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.



Congratulations to Christopher Crowe, one of our outstanding Student Assistants!

Chris, one of our Japanese majors, will be attending the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where he will pursue a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology with a certificate in Comparative Effectiveness Outcomes Research. Specifically, this field of study seeks to inform health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options.


UVA STARTALK celebrates its 10th anniversary

Congratulations to Miao-fen Tseng, as UVA STARTALK celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Miao-fen Tseng, an associate professor of Chinese in our department and the director of the Institute of World Languages in the School of Arts & Sciences, has brought Summer Chinese STARTALK Teacher/Student Academy to the University.  Since its inception in 2008, the program represents over one million dollars in funding from the federal government.


DEALLC Sponsors Comedy Show: Jesse Appell

The UVA Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures invites you to join us on a comedic journey through Chinese culture featuring Jesse Appell, a Fulbright Scholar of Chinese humor and disciple of master comedian Ding Guangquan! Jesse seeks to use his performances to explore novel ways of mixing the comedic styles of West and East and bridging cultural gaps through laughter.  It is sure to be a night that is packed full of fun and laughter!

Free Parking is available in the nearby K2 lot starting at 5 pm.


Student Published on World Economics Forum's Blog "Agenda"

"Please join us in congratulating Daniel Justus, one of our current student assistants and a UVA DEALLC alumnus (Chinese Language & Literature ’16), on the publication of his article on the similarities between the effects of Mao’s populism in rural China and Trump’s populism in rural Appalachia in the World Economic Forum’s official blog, “Agenda” and his recent participation in their Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland!