The Department of East Asian Studies provides students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the languages, cultures, and societies of the region. The department’s course offerings engage the diversity of East Asian cultures, from contemporary film and politics to ancient philosophy, and they critically examine the structures that define the area and render it an object of study. We offer Chinese, Japanese, and Korean from beginning to advanced levels, and a full range of courses on East Asian literature, history, thought, religion, and society. In a time of globalization, a degree in East Asian Studies can be an excellent springboard from which to launch a career in fields where bilingualism, critical analytical skills, and in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of East Asian texts and ideas are essential. Our major and specialist programs thus build the foundation for careers in teaching and research, international business and law, foreign service, and cultural institutions.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The University of Toronto and the department will be closed for the December holidays beginning December 23. We will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Professor Yiching Wu has received the President's Book Award from the Social Science History Association for his forthcoming book, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins (Harvard University Press, 2014). The Award "rewards an especially meritorious work by a beginning scholar." The department celebrates this achievement with Professor Wu and looks forward to the release of the book.
For information on faculty publications: http://www.eas.utoronto.ca/about/books-publications/
The department congratulates first-year PhD student Derek Kramer for being named a runner up for this year's Academy of Korean Studies Student Essay Prize with his essay, "The Pusan-Shimonoseki Ferry and the Marginalization of Korean Migrants during the Japanese Colonial Period."