The East Asian Languages and 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. In addition to its commitment to teaching, the faculty also publishes books and articles with leading academic presses and in well-known academic journals. The research and the publications of our faculty have resulted in fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Fulbright Scholar Program, an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, and an award from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.
From Avant-garde Dance to Video Games
"[Topics such as Japanese comic books and graphic novels (manga), animation (anime), and video games] might not seem like traditional subjects for a university class, where maybe you have the image that we should be studying things like history and novels. However, it may come as a surprise (because our news coverage is still so geared to things such as television, movies, and music), but the video game industry is one of the biggest parts of the entertainment industry."