Great Wall of China

Dedicated to the languages, literatures, linguistics, and cultures of East Asia

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures prepares students for B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese and Japanese, and has a thriving program in Korean language and literature. 

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In the Spotlight

Under a microscope, Professor Li Liu finds and records starch grains.

Image credit: L.A. Cicero

Researchers have found evidence of ancient beer production from different kinds of crops all over the world.

From our modern point of view, beer might just be a mind-altering beverage. But in fact, it has played a significant part in human life since near the dawn of civilization.

Professor Li Liu was recently featured on the topic in a video titled "The ancient drink serving the world for 13,000 years" produced by the BBC.

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"At the risk of sounding schmaltzy, I likely would not be the learner nor teacher that I am today without the EALC Department. I had a wonderful time studying Japanese in the then-Department of Asian Languages. So much so that I moonlighted as a department assistant sorting mail and restocking the copy machine during my time there. Thanks to Stanford, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in the Bing Overseas Studies Program (Kyoto-SCTI) and, after graduation, to teach English at a medical school in Shikoku through departmental connections. I have so many fond memories from classes with Professors Carter, Reichert, and Matsumoto, as well as studying Japanese language with Nakamura Sensei and Kubo-Lowdermilk Sensei. I credit the department with instilling in me a passion for studying Japanese language, literature, and culture, as well as introducing me to manga and pop culture-related topics and texts that I continue to research to this day. Being able to complete a senior honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Reichert was also a fantastic experience and a great primer for the graduate school theses I would write in the future."

- Ben Whaley, B.A. in Japanese '07

Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Calgary

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InclusiviTea gathering

InclusiviTea gathering, featuring master potter Shinohara Nozomu. Photo courtesy of EALC PhD student, Jason Beckman. 

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korea taken by Prof Dafna Zur

Preparing the Grounds for Buddha's Birthday in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Professor Dafna Zur

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