Center for East Asian Studies

Western to host experts in Japanese literature this spring

 "Heartvine" ("Aoi") chapter from The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)

"Heartvine" ("Aoi") chapter from The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari) courtesy of PICRYL.

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Scholarship Opportunity

Apply for the Sarah Ann Wirth Scholarship in East Asian Studies and History.
 
Applications due by 5 p.m. on April 26, 2019
 
Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per quarter at least one quarter of the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.
 
Scholarship application available HERE and in the MCL office in MH 223.
 
Poster for AY 1920 EAST scholarship

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Monday, March 4 - 4:00pm

Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, Paula Arai, will be giving a talk about the work of Japanese biologist and visionary artist, Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) entitled "Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra."

Poster for Arai's talk

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East Asian Studies

Professors from a broad spectrum of academic departments work together in the Center for East Asian Studies to provide a nexus for teaching and research focused on China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. Contributing members represent colleges and departments from across the campus community, including the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and Huxley College. The Center serves as a focal point for Western Washington University's interaction with East Asia, and an arena for vibrant intellectual cross-pollination from a variety of disciplines. From an academic perspective, it helps promote rigorous training in the study of East Asia and Inner Asia. With Asian economies, languages, cultures, and political realities continuing to rank high in global importance, diverse expertise in this region is an essential asset for any university. The opportunity for students to receive degrees in East Asian Studies represents an important aspect of the university curriculum.

 

The Center's broad interdisciplinary program offers Western's students a chance to minor or major in East Asian Studies with choice of several specific academic focuses, including history, politics, economics, and cultural studies. The unity of the major is maintained by a requirement that all majors take EAS 302, "Methods and Materials in East Asian Studies," where they are required to write an original research paper on a topic of their choosing. Students publicly present the results of their research at a seminar later in the year as part of the university's Scholar's Week events. The major also includes, as one of its core components, a requirement to achieve intermediate fluency in an East Asian language, with most students choosing to take up to two years of either Chinese or Japanese. The major and minor also allow students with broader interests in political science, history, art, religion, or literature to focus specifically on East Asia, as a key region of world culture. Students in the program are eligible for the Sarah Anne Wirth Scholarship in East Asian Studies and History.

 

As a complement to the academic offerings and as a service to the campus and local community, the Center sponsors lectures, presentations and other activities related to East Asia. It also maintains special relationships with several other campus organizations such as the Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Institute for Global Engagement, and the Asia University America Program. The Center is also an active member of the American Center for Mongolian Studies.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Center for East Asian Studies - WWU

516 High Street - MS 9097

Bellingham, WA 98225

PH: 360-650-3030

E-Mail: EAS@wwu.edu 

 

Director: Massimiliano Tomasi

Email: Massimiliano.Tomasi@wwu.edu (preferred)

PH: 360-650-3339

Fax: 360-650-6110