Tibetan to Be Taught Via Videoconferencing Technology

Some less commonly taught languages, including Tibetan, are to be taught with Cisco telepresence videoconferencing technology, in a new joint initiative between Duke University and the University of Virginia. DEAL's own Professor Tsetan Nepali will be spearheading the Tibetan teaching initiative. For more information, see the article in UVA TODAY.


UVA Hires New Japan Outreach Coordinator

The new coordinator arrived in the U.S. in early August as a part of the Japan Outreach Initiative, sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Laurasian Institution. She will take up her post at the Asia Institute for a year. For details, read the article in UVA Today.


UVA to Boost Study of Non-Western Cultures at Virginia Community Colleges

The program will devote resources from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help the colleges offer courses focusing on non-European content from East Asia, South Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Read more at UVA Today.


UVA STARTALK Application Now Available

The application for UVA's 2013 STARTALK teacher training academy is now available. To apply, please go to the Google Drive application form.

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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.


Our recent graduate, Bilal Khan, shares his experiences on the JET program in this brief essay.

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.