• 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.


Three Students Receive Boren Scholarships for Foreign Language Study

May 05, 2017

Three undergraduates have been awarded Boren Scholarships by the Institute of International Education to support their study of foreign languages during the 2017-18 academic year. Junior Kaleigh...

Thatcher Language & Culture House - Application Deadline

February 14, 2017

Thatcher Application Deadline for Fall ‘17 is February 19th!...

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Japanese Tutoring

Herter Hall, 5th floor lobby
1:30 pm


Japanese Conversation Table

Herter Hall, 5th floor lobby
3:30 pm


Recreating Edo in NYC

Manhattan Upper West Side - Broadway 92nd-94th St.
10:00 am


Chinese Conversation Club

Herter Hall 108
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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