The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations is a relatively new department with a long history. Formally established in 2005 when the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies divided along geographic lines, the Department dates back to the 19th century when PENN was one of the first universities to offer courses in the languages and civilizations of what was then referred to as “the Orient.” That is why the Department was called Oriental Studies until it became Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in 1992.

EALC is a department of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on the humanistic tradition of East Asia, covering both the classical and modern civilizations of China, Japan and Korea. We teach and research the disciplines of history, literary history, linguistics, art history, performance and gender studies, philosophy, religion and ethics. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in both Chinese and Japanese Studies and is building a parallel program for Korean Studies.

Language is an important part of our program. In addition to Chinese, Japanese and Korean, offered from introductory through advanced levels, we also offer Cantonese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Thai on a regular basis.

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Submissions from 2014

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30年前のブログ, Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

Submissions from 2012

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Gift Exchanges in Edo Castle, Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

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Some Observations on the Weddings of Tokugawa Shogun’s Daughters – Part 1, Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

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Some Observations on the Weddings of Tokugawa Shogun’s Daughters – Part 2, Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

Submissions from 2007

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Response to Shigemi Inaga’s Commentary, Ayako Kano

Submissions from 2003

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Women? Japan? Art? Chino Kaori and the Feminist Art History Debates, Ayako Kano

Submissions from 2002

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(Book review). Gregory Pflugfelder’s Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950, Ayako Kano

Submissions from 1999

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(Book review). Jennifer Robertson’s Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan, Ayako Kano