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 2017

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Review of Christopher Kaplonski, The Lama Question: Violence, Sovereignty, and Exception in Early Socialist Mongolia, Christopher P. Atwood

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Review of Osman Karatay and István Zimonyi, Central Eurasia in the Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Peter B. Golden, Christopher P. Atwood

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The Textual History of Tao Zongyi’s Shuofu: Preliminary Results of Stemmatic Research on the Shengwu Qinzheng Lu, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2016

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Takeshi Kaikō – 開高健(1930−1989), Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

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徳川将軍と贈物, Cecilia S. Seigle

Submissions from 2015

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The Administrative Origins of Mongolia’s ‘Tribal’ Vocabulary, Christopher P. Atwood

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The First Mongol Contacts with the Tibetans, Christopher P. Atwood

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The Qai, the Khongai, and the Names of the Xiōngnú, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2014

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Review of Xin Luo and Roger Covey, Chinese Scholars on Inner Asia, Christopher P. Atwood

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30年前のブログ, Cecilia S. Seigle Ph.D.

Submissions from 2013

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Mongols, Arabs, Kurds, and Franks: Rashīd al-Dīn’s Comparative Ethnography of Tribal Society, Christopher P. Atwood

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Paul Pelliot and Mongolian Studies, Christopher P. Atwood

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Some Early Inner Asian Terms Related to the Imperial Family and the Comitatus, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2012

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Huns and Xiōngnú: New Thoughts on an Old Problem, Christopher P. Atwood

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Six Pre-Chinggisid Genealogies in the Mongol Empire, Christopher P. Atwood

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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 2011

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Is There Such a Thing as Central/Inner (Eur)Asia and Is Mongolia a Part of It?, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2010

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Review of Volker Rybatzki, Alessandra Pozzi, Peter W. Geier and John R. Krueger, The Early Mongols: Language, Culture and History. Studies in Honor of Igor de Rachewiltz on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday, Christopher P. Atwood

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The Notion of Tribe in Medieval China: Ouyang Xiu and the Shatuo Dynastic Myth, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2007

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Response to Shigemi Inaga’s Commentary, Ayako Kano

Submissions from 2006

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Ulus Emirs, Keshig Elders, Signatures, and Marriage Partners: The Evolution of a Classic Mongol Institution, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 2005

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State Service, Lineage, and Locality in Hulun Buir, Christopher P. Atwood

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The Art and Architecture of Mongolia, Christopher P. Atwood

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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Review of Rana Mitter, The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance, and Collaboration in Modern China, Christopher P. Atwood

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Review of Thomas T. Allsen, Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia, Christopher P. Atwood

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

Submissions from 2001

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Review of Shagdariin Sandag and Harry Kendall, Poisoned Arrows: The Stalin-Choibalsan Mongolian Massacres, 1921-1941, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1999

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Review of Jonathan N. Lipman, Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China, Christopher P. Atwood

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

Submissions from 1998

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Review of Bruce Elleman, Diplomacy and Deception: The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic Relations, 1917-1927, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1997

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Review of Arthur Waldron, From War to Nationalism: China’s Turning Point, 1924-1925, Christopher P. Atwood

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Review of Piper Rae Gaubatz, Beyond the Great Wall: Urban Form and Transformation in the Chinese Frontiers, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1996

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Buddhism and Popular Ritual in Mongolian Religion: A Reexamination of the Fire Cult, Christopher P. Atwood

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Review of Germaine A. Hoston, The State, Identity, and the National Question in China and Japan, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1995

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Review of Douglas R. Reynolds, China, 1898-1912: The Xinzheng Revolution and Japan, Christopher P. Atwood

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Review of Edward A. McCord, The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1994

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A.I. Oshirov (c. 1901-1931): A Buriat Agent in Inner Mongolia, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1993

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The Marvellous Lama in Mongolia: The Phenomenology of a Cultural Borrowing, Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1992

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National Party and Local Politics in Ordos, Inner Mongolia (1926-1935), Christopher P. Atwood

Submissions from 1991

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Life in Third-Fourth Century Cadh'ota: A Survey of Information Gathered from the Prakrit Documents Found North of Minfeng (Niyä), Christopher P. Atwood