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    Firmly believing that cultural awareness, along with systematic societal change, is essential in our fight against racism, we, the East Asian Literatures and Cultures Program, will reinvigorate our effort to advance our mission of fostering understanding of East Asian cultures.

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  • East Asian Studies at UMass

    The East Asian Languages & Cultures faculty is a close-knit, friendly community of teacher-scholars that emphasizes the education of our students at all levels.



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EALC Japanese Program Hosts Koto Workshop

March 23, 2021

On Friday, March 12, the EALC Japanese program hosted a workshop with ethnomusicologist and Miyagi-style koto player Garrett Groesbeck.

Zhongwei Shen’s ‘A Phonological History of Chinese’ Introduces Scholarship of Chinese Researchers to the West

August 12, 2020

A new book by Zhongwei Shen, professor of East Asian languages and cultures, was recently published by the Cambridge University Press. “Phonological History of Chinese” provides an account of the standard phonological system of the major Chinese historical periods: Old Chinese, Middle Chinese and Old Mandarin.

Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

April 01, 2020

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Japanese Conversation Table

Remote (via Zoom)
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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Alumni Profile

Jennifer McKeon '13

Jennifer McKeon, Joint Linguistics & Japanese '13, talks to us about life after UMass as an accomplished Japanese manga translator!

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