Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentors of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures are upper-level undergraduates majoring in East Asian Studies and can provide advice from a student perspective.

Contact one of the Peer Mentors if you are a prospective or current student pursuing the major or minor and have any questions about the program.

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Youngyoon Amy Seo

Major: East Asian Studies, Korea Subplan

Year: Class of 2022


My interest in East Asian Studies sparked my sophomore year after taking Professor Dafna Zur’s class on K-pop and globalization of Korean soft power, KOREA 101N. Prior to taking her class, I enjoyed eating Korean food, listening to K-pop, and watching intense K-drama without thinking about how these factors play a critical role in shaping the image of Korea on the world stage. Through her class, however, I was enthralled by the meaningful layers embedded in seemingly “light” topics such as K-pop, which led me to take more Korea-related classes ranging from modern Korean history to spectacles of East Asian Olympics. This year, I am working with Professor Gi-Wook Shin on an honors thesis to understand Guam’s small Korean community—its history, sociology, and culture—ensconced among more than 30 Pacific Islander and Asian cultures. In my free time, I enjoy playing the violin as a member of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra, cooking Korean cuisine, and playing tennis. 

Emily Wan

Major: East Asian Studies

Year: Class of 2022


My name is Emily and I’m a senior majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Translation Studies. After falling in love with language-learning in high school, I was set on studying Japanese literature and translation in college. I’m constantly charmed by the beauty of Japanese poetry and other Asian literary traditions, and I hope to share this beauty with more people in the West by going into education or academia. My honors thesis will be on a genre of medieval Japanese poetry called renga, or linked verse. Outside of classes and research, I sing in O-Tone a cappella and am also part of the Stanford-Japan Exchange Conference. My hobbies include reading/writing, music, and basketball.