News & Announcements

News & Announcements

August 2014
Professor emerita Sonja Arntzen publishes The Sarashina Diary
Sonja Arntzen and Itō Moriyuki are pleased to announce the publication of their collaborative work:
The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-century Japan, by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, translated and with an introduction by Sonja Arntzen and Itō Moriyuki. Columbia University Press, 2014. Cloth, 264 pages, 17 illus., 3 maps.
“This sparkling new version of the Sarashina Diary opens out an eleventh-century classic for twenty-first-century readers. Sonja Arntzen and Itō Moriyuki situate the diary culturally and historically, and their translation conveys the vivid realism of Takasue no Musume’s prose and the haunting melancholy of her poems. As the author herself says of Mt. Fuji, this unique work “looks like nothing else in the world.”
David Damrosch, Harvard University
Good news: Columbia University Press is offering a discount:
The webpage for the book is
Anyone who uses the promo code “SARSUG” to buy the book from this site will receive a 30% discount off the price of the book. Please feel free to pass this along.

August 2014
13th International Chinese Bridge Contest
126 students from 87 countries participated in the 13th International Chinese Bridge Contest from July 6 to August 3, 2014 in China.  After rounds of fierce competitions in Changsha, Xi’an, Jingdechen, and Anhua (Hunan Province), our student, Andreas Goller, won First Prize.  We are immensely proud of you, Andreas.  Congratulations!

April 2014
13th Ontario Chinese Bridge Competition
The 13th Ontario Chinese Bridge Competition took place on Sunday, April 20, at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto. Students competed in two categories: speech and talent performance. Our student, Andreas Goller, won first place. Furthermore, our student, Eunju Yoon, won second place. Andreas will represent Ontario in the international competition in China in July 2014. Congratulations to both Andreas and Eunju!

March 2014
Students Recognized at National Korean Speech Contest, Grand Prize Winner Given Scholarship for Summer Language Study in Korea
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!

March 2014
U of T Students Win Prizes at Ontario Japanese Speech Contest
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.

Thirty-two participants from universities and language institutions competed in four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and open. U of T’s prize winners were:
Nicole Lee (sitting with a cup in the first row): Grand Prize winner/ 1st place in the advanced category
Ying Tan: 1st place in the Open category
Gloria Chen: 2nd place in the advanced category
Camille Chan: Special Prize in the beginners category
Tony Deng: Special Prize in the beginners category
Felix Yuan: 3rd place in the beginners category
Siru Li: 3rd Place in the advanced category

March 2014
The “In Between” Grad Student Conference with Keynote Speaker Prof. Andrew Jones
14th Graduate Student Conference to take place March 22: The In Between conference wishes to explore literature, cultures, space, gender and theory in between fixed territory and discourse in the context of East Asia. Keynote speaker, Dr Andrew Jones. For details:

January 2014
Shinki-kai Scholarship Recognizes Undergraduate Student’s Contributions
The department congratulates EAS Major Brett Hyska for receiving the Shinki-kai Scholarship in recognition of his contributions to Japanese-Canadian relations:

December 2013
Prof. Wu’s Book, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins, Receives President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association
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.

December, 2013
Academy of Korean Studies Student Essay Prize
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.”

May, 2013
The 12th Annual Ontario Chinese Bridge Contest (a Chinese Language Proficiency Contest) for University Students on May 4, 2013, sponsored by the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Toronto
Our three contestants performed superbly in all three categories: speech, artistic  performance, and knowledge in Chinese language and culture. Luke West won second prize; Hyunah Shim won third prize; Stephen Mosca received an honorable mention. They all have been invited to apply for Chinese government scholarships to study in China.

April, 2013
U of T Students Win Prizes at Korean Speech Contest
The 7th Annual Toronto Korean Speech Contest was held at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto on March 23.  A total of 46 contestants from eight schools across Canada competed in the four categories. Nine UofT students won prizes including three first place prizes out of the four categories: Maha Islam (EAS110Y1, 1st place in Beginner), Lauren Chen (EAS210Y1, 1st place in Intermediate), Jacob Kalmakoff (EAS410, 1st place in Open). Congratulations!

March, 2013
First Place at National Japanese Language Speech Contest
The 24th Canada National Japanese Language Speech Contest was held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at University of Manitoba. Jung-Yeon Kim, the grand prize winner of the 31st Annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest, took part in the national contest and again won the first place prize for the intermediate category. Jung-Yeon is currently taking EAS220Y.

March, 2013
EAS Students Recognized at the Ontario Japanese Language Speech Contest
Congratulations to our students who won prizes and participated in the 31st Ontario Japanese Language Speech Contest! Read more:

September, 2012
Job Search: Contemporary Chinese Culture and Cultural Theory
The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Chinese Culture and Cultural Theory. For more information:

May 30, 2012
Sara Osenton receives Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Sara Osenton, one of four winners of this year’s TATP award. This year, 433 online nominations from students and 48 nominations from faculty were received. A total of 197 TAs were nominated (from more than 40 departments) with 63 TAs eligible for the short list. Congratulations, Sara! And thank you for your contributions to the department’s teaching.


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