• 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.

Program Name Change

September 01, 2016

As of September 2016, the Asian Languages and Literatures program will officially change its name to East Asian Languages and Cultures. We believe this more accurately reflects the work we do in th...

Occasional Paper Series

August 21, 2016

The Asian Languages and Literatures Occasional Papers series is now live! Thank you to all the scholars for submitting paperwork, also to the UMass Scholarworks Team for making this project possibl...

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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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