News and Events


UBC's Sharalyn Orbaugh Presented 'What’s Queer about Postwar Manga?' Oct. 24, 2017

Poster for "What's Queer About Postwar Manga?"

Western Today Press Release:

Professor Constantine Vaporis (University of Maryland) delivered the following two lectures:

March 6, 2017

"Writing the History of the Samurai--Issues and Challenges" 


March 7, 2017

"Performance, Display, and the Spectacular. The 'Great Peace' and Samurai Culture in Tokugawa Japan"


See his bio HERE

Bayartuul Batjav discussed the history of Mongolian writing May 31, 2017

Poster for "The History of Mongolian Writing"


EAS Publishes "Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature"





The Center for East Asian Studies and the East Asian Studies Press at Western Washington University are pleased to announce the publication of a new volume titled "Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature." The volume is a collection of papers presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies that was held at Western  in October 2014.  Click here to view the Table of Contents.









Tumen-Ochir, Professor from Mongolia, Teaching at Western Spring of 2016

Read the press release here:

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Professor Van Gessel, Brigham Young University & Professor Mark Williams, University of Leeds presented "The Challenges of Japanese Literature"  

Tuesday, April 5th

Flyer for "The Challenges of Japanese Literature"


WWU Faculty-Led Global Learning Program in Japan - Summer 2016

Summer 2016 – June 24th to July 17th, 2016

Program Brochure

KCP Tokyo Pictures



21st Annual East Asian Studies Student Symposium



     Scholars Week 2015

     Thursday, March 5th, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.

      Miller Hall 123

      EAS 2015 Student Symposium Program (click here)





East Asian Studies Recent Conferences


Association for Japanese Literary Studies Conference (AJLS)  October 10-11, 2014

AJLS Keynote Speaker: Miyasaka Satoru


"Religion and Spirituality in Modern Japanese Literature”

A former President of Ferris University (Ferisu jogakuin daigaku) and currently Emeritus Professor at the same institution, Professor Miyasaka is one of the foremost authorities on Akutagawa. He is the founder and President of the International Society for Akutagawa Rynosuke Studies. He is also the President of the Nihon kirisutoky bungakkai.

His publications include Sakuhinron Akutagawa Ryūnosuke (Sōbunsha, 1990); Akutagawa Ryūnosuke zensh ssakuin (Iwanami Shoten, 1993); Akutagawa Ryūnosuke: hito to sakuhin(Kanrin Shobō, 1998); Akutagawa Ryūnosuke sakuhinron shūsei (Kanrin Shobō, 1999);Akutagawa Ryūnosuke to kirishitan mono (Kanrin Shobō, 2014); and contributions to the 24 volume collection Akutagawa Ryūnosuke zensh (Iwanami Shoten, 1996).


ASPAC 2014 Conference  June 20-22, 2014

ASPAC Keynote Speaker: Timothy Brook

"Sailing from China"

Tim Brook is the incoming Vice-President of the Asian for Asian Studies. A historian of China, he teaches Chinese and world history at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Republic of China Chair. In addition to scholarly monographs, his recent books include Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global Age (2008) and Mr. Selden’s Map of China (2013).



Seventh Annual Conference of the International Society for Akutagawa Ryûnosuke Studies    October 5-6, 2012

Akutagawa Keynote Speaker: Jay Rubin

"A Translator's View"

Professor Rubin has translated NatsumeSōseki 's novels Sanshirō and The Miner, Haruki Murakami's Norwegian WoodThe Wind-up Bird Chronicleafter the quake, and Books 1 and 2 of 1Q84. He is the author of Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State and Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and the editor of Modern Japanese Writers.

Rubin began to study Japanese at the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in 1970, and has been a professor of Japanese literature at the University of Washington and Harvard University