• 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. Our students have gone on to graduate school in various fields of study and become professors; they have also found English-teaching jobs abroad, as well as jobs in business, publishing, government, and translation.


UMass Students Helped Recreate Edo in Manhattan

January 12, 2018

On Saturday, October 21, students in Professor Reiko Sono’s course, “Japanese 397N Recreating Edo in NYC” took a fieldtrip to New York City. The participants included Patrick Carland (UMass, MA ’19...

On the Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

October 31, 2017

Jake Russian at the Daily Collegian has written a piece on the importance of studying a foreign language, and the universities' role in that study. You can read the article by clicking here.

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Japanese Extensive Reading Class

W.E.B. DuBuis Library, East Asian Reading Room, Floor 22
4:00 pm

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Why study Asian languages?

In addition to becoming proficient in three of the most difficult languages in the world, our students learn how to think and write critically, how to present and discuss Asia intelligibly to others, and how to apply what they have learned here to their jobs after they graduate. Many of our majors spend at least a semester in an Asian country during their undergraduate careers so they also learn how to be sensitive to the cultural differences between Asian and American cultures—the most important step in becoming global citizens.

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