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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. 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.


2018 Five College Japanese Speech Contest

May 14, 2018

This year’s Five College Japanese Speech Contest took place on Saturday, March 24 in Integrated Learning Center S331, UMass Amherst. The competition was as fierce as ever with twelve students from Smith College, Hampshire College, and UMass showing off their literary creativity and hard-earned eloquence in Japanese.

Japanese Language and Gesture

May 03, 2018

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, EALC hosted a Japanese Language and Gesture Workshop with Christopher Field and Alex Kent as guest instructors. Please take a look at the article to learn more about this exciting and educational event!

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Alumni Profile

Brian Gesiak '2008

Brian Gesiak completed a BA in Japanese Language and Literature in 2008. After graduating, he worked as a Coordinator of International Relations in Saga, Japan; at an online stock brokerage in Tokyo; and at GREE, Inc., a social gaming company in Tokyo, where he coded the company's iPhone and iPad applications. He returned to U.S. in 2012, and currently works on programming tools at Facebook in New York.

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