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 2014 Toronto Korean Speech Contest was held at Earth Sciences Centre in the University of Toronto on Saturday, March 15. In this national competition UofT students won 6 out of 14 prizes including the Grand Prize. Roshaan Wasim (EAS310Y1) won the Grand Prize and was awarded a summer language program attendance opportunity at Korea University with round-trip airline ticket. Isha Nepal (EAS110Y1) won the 1st place in the Beginner category and received a summer language program attendance opportunity at Catholic University of Korea. Lauren Chen (EAS310Y1; Advanced 2nd), Ilse de Mucha Herrera (EAS210Y1; Intermediate 3rd), Jeniffer He (EAS110Y1; Beginner 3rd), Rachel Tam (EAS110Y1; Beginner 3rd) won prizes, also. In addition, Rachel Tam & Tiffany Yeung (EAS110Y1) won the 2014 Toronto Korean Quiz Contest champion and were awarded summer language program attendance opportunities at Kyung Hee University. Congratulations to all!
U of T students had a tremendous showing at the 32nd Annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest, taking home seven prizes including two first place finishes. Nicole Lee (Grand Prize winner/1st place in the Advanced category) and Ying Tan (1st place in the Open category) will be invited to compete with other first place winners from provincial and regional contests across the country at the 25th National Japanese Speech Contest at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa on Saturday, March 29, 2014. For more information: http://www.eas.utoronto.ca/about/news-announcements/
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.