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

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford 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. It also offers an undergraduate and a Ph.D. minor in Chinese or Japanese language and literature.

Don’t worry about not being acknowledged by others; worry about failing to acknowledge them.
- Confucius, Analects, tr. Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont, Jr.


In the Spotlight

Prof. Dafna Zur's book Figuring Korean Futures is metnioned in a New York Times article by Alexander Chee on the dark legacy of the Jpaanese occupation of Korea. In her book, Zur tells the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. Reading Children's periodicals against the political, educational, and psychological discourses of their time, she argues that the figure of the child was particularly favorable to the project of modernity and nation-building, as well as to the colonial and postcolonial projects of socialization and nationalization.