EAS 101 Beyond "The Orient": Critical Approaches to East Asian Literature and Film
Study of selected works of Chinese and Japanese fiction and film, history, and contemporary literary and cultural theory.
Our program blends traditional concepts and modern ideas. You gain a broad perspective on the nations and peoples of the region, including their language, literature, history, government and rich cultural heritage. Drawing on the College's extensive resources, you explore East Asia's economic and geopolitical realities, ethnic and cultural identities, and contemporary social issues. You’ll develop a global viewpoint and a keen awareness of what's happening in East Asia today.
The study of languages and cultures is, by nature, interdisciplinary. You can get the most out of your academic experience by combining your interest in East Asia with a Pathway, a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary centers or a second major. Students in East Asian studies have chosen second majors such as international relations, economics or history. If you have an interest in art, you can work with our collection of Chinese paintings or Japanese prints and woodcuts. To sharpen your Chinese and Japanese language skills, you can teaching at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London.
We offer ample opportunities to study abroad or complete internships in other countries. Students have researched the role of women in corporate Japan, worked in an elementary school in Yunnan Province and learned about traditional Chinese medicine in a Beijing hospital. If traveling isn’t your thing, we’ll bring East Asia to you. Explore the Pacific Rim through an Asian film series, celebrate the Lunar New Year, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony or try your hand at taiko drumming. You can also join the department's advisory board and be active with the College's organization for Asian and Asian-American students.
Amy Dooling teaches courses in Chinese fiction and film, women’s writing, and gender in socialist and post-socialist societies. She has played a significant role in the development of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. Dooling was named associate dean of global initiatives & director of the Global Commons, effective July 1, 2016.
Yibing Huang's research interests cover a broad range, including modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cinema and popular culture, comparative studies of modernism and postmodernism in China and in the West, and cultural translations between Chinese poetry and modern American poetry.
Since joining the College, Tek-wah King has developed and taught a total of 14 Chinese language courses from the elementary up through the classical level. Devoted to the improving of student learning effect in the foreign language classroom, he stresses the importance of solid technicalities and regularly brings to the classroom innovative pedagogical designs.
Hisae Kobayashi teaches Japanese 101, 102, Japanese 201 and 202, and Independent Study. In 2014, Kobayashi was named the Connecticut Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), recognized for her rigorous methods of teaching and dedication to undergraduate education.
Michael Chan's current area of research concerns representations of family in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film. Broadly, he thinks about the concept of community in Japan as manifested in modern and contemporary Japanese culture, focusing primarily on literature and film.
East Asian Studies
A: In high school, I was intrigued by the tonality of spoken Chinese along with the complex strokes of written Chinese characters. As a prospective student, I attended an intensive Chinese class at Connecticut College and was inspired to continue learning more about Chinese language and culture at the undergraduate level.
A: Chinese 101: Intensive Elementary Chinese. The intensive coursework pushed me to take responsibility for my language learning, and Professors Tek-wah King and Amy Dooling always encouraged me to do my best work. Over the course of a year, I developed a strong foundation in written and spoken Chinese that prepared me for study abroad.
A: I studied abroad for six months in the Associated Colleges in China's (ACC) Intensive Language & Culture Program in Beijing. The full-time language pledge gave me the opportunity to greatly improve my linguistic and cultural proficiency in a total immersion setting.