EAS 104 Introduction to Asian Art
This course takes a topical approach to the arts of India, China, and Japan.
Our program blends traditional concepts and modern ideas, much like East Asia itself. 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. We regularly add new classes that build on the major's interdisciplinary approach, global viewpoint and deep interest in what's happening in East Asia today. Chinese and Japanese language students practice their skills by teaching at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London.
The study of languages and cultures is, by nature, interdisciplinary. We support students who combine their interest in East Asia with a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary centers or a second major, such as international relations, economics, history or gender and women's studies. If you have an interest in art, you might work with our collection of Chinese paintings or Japanese prints and woodcuts, including works by Hiroshige.
We offer ample opportunities for study and internships abroad. You might research the place of women in corporate Japan, work in an elementary school in Yunnan Province or learn about traditional Chinese medicine in a Beijing hospital. On campus, you can explore the Pacific Rim through an Asian film series, Lunar New Year festivities, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and 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. We encourage you to apply for international grants, such as the Freeman-ASIA Awards, Fulbright fellowships and Gilman International scholarships.
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, which she currently chairs.
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.
Takeshi Watanabe holds a Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese literature. Watanabe's recent areas of research include Japanese tea culture, the historical literature of the Heian period, 11th to 12th-century diaries written in Chinese by Japanese courtiers, Japanese food culture and cultural exchange in East Asia.
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.