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Twenty-two students receive their diplomas this spring

Twenty-two Chinese and Japanese majors will receive their diplomas in the commencement ceremony scheduled for April 27. Seven students graduated in August 2013 and thirteen in December 2014. This is a department record. Congratulations to the new graduates! We wish you good luck on your future endeavors.

Welcome new Pitt students and returning students

 

In addition to the incoming class of 2018, we are pleased to welcome to our department Ms. Kyungok Joo, a new Assistant Instructor of Korean language. We also welcome five new part-time instructors of Chinese language: Kailu Guan, Liling Huang, Yuyun Lei, Qiong Wu, and Kailin Yuan.

Zeba Ahmed wins a Fulbright

Zeba Ahmed won a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Japan about community-based organizations and nonprofits. Before this award, Zeba has received various honors, including the Japan Summer Language Study Scholarship; the Study-in-Japan Scholarship, which supported her study abroad at Kobe University in Kobe, Japan; the Browne Leaders Fellows
Program hosted by the School of Social Work; and most recently the 2014 EALL Language Achievement Award (Japanese). Zeba is a senior from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

2014 Department Awards Announced

Congratulations go to the following students for being awarded EALL's annual awards.

Academics Prize in Chinese:  Nicholas Vettese  

Language Achievement Award in Chinese:  Kristen Stoler

Academics Prize in Japanese:  Michael Antonacci

Language Achievement Award in Japanese:  Zeba Ahmed

Academics Prize in Korean: Reihana Wilson

Language Achievement Award in Korean: Deanna Puglia

They will be recognized during EALL's Annual Graduation Celebration on April 27, just prior to the Pitt's commencement ceremony.

Spring Fling: Be there next year!

The department held its annual Spring Fling on Friday, March 21, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the O'Hara Student Center. A grand time was had playing Jeopardy, Kikbo, and other games. Students shared their musical and dance talents and there was great food prepared on site by the great chefs from Campus Catering.

Audrey-Marie Winn receives UHC Scholarship

Audrey-Marie Winn is among the inaugural recipients of the University Honors College (UHC) Scholarships for Academic Year 2013-2014. Audrey-Marie has been recognized for high GPA and involvement in UHC activities. She is also a 2013 winner of Marion Young Award andthe Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State last year. Congratulations.

High School Students: Learn to Speak Chinese this Summer

The Chinese language program plans to respond to the growing need for summer courses for high school students. This year, SEALS Chinese will offer six-week 5 credit First Year Chinese 1 (CHIN 0001) starting on June 23. The dates were chosen to better fit the course with typical high school students' schedule. Registration begins on February 17, 2014. For more information, click here.

Regular SEALS Japan and SEALS China will be offered this summer as before. These courses typically begin several weeks earlier than the high school program above. For more information, go to our SEALS page.

Visiting Scholar Zhang adds sparkle to China studies at Pitt

Yihong Zhang, a specialist of Jin Ping Mei, is a visiting scholar of premodern Chinese literature in EALL this academic year. Jin Ping Mei is one of the four master novels in Chinese novel written in vernacular Chinese in the late 16th century. Zhang came to Pitt at the time when David Roy's first, complete translation of Jin Ping Mei in English was just published by the Princeton University Press. Zhang was contacted by the New York Times for comments on Roy's translation. In the newspaper, Zhang is quoted as saying, “[Roy’s translation is] not just a translation, it’s also a reference book. … It opens a window onto Chinese literature and culture.”

Soon after his arrival in Pittsburgh, Zhang gave a talk in EALL Colloquium on November 15 on Jin Ping Mei, in which Zhang discussed Roy’s approach to translating this work into English. Zhang is translating some of Roy’s notes into Chinese as part of his doctoral dissertation at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Long known for its sexual exploits depicted in the novel, Jin Ping Mei has gained a notoriety. It is also treasured for its detailed and rich descriptions of culture and times of the late Sung dynasty.

Zhang now divides his time between auditing a translation class at Pitt and working on his scholarly projects. His visit was sponsored by Katherine Carlitz (Asian Studies Center). For the complete New York Times article, click here.

Korean Film Festival

Check back soon for details of the upcoming Spring 2014 Korean Film Festival. We'll be screening recent Korean films on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Pizza will be offered at this late-afternoon event.

EALL Colloquium—Noon on Fridays

Friday, December 13, 2013. Stephen Luft, Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. "Japanese language students’ out-of-class study behaviors: Form-focus and meaning-focus in the performed culture approach." Room 4217 WWPH.

Friday, February 21, 2014. Hiroshi Nara, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. "It’s Greek to me! A Fascination with the Idea of Greece in the making of modern Japan." Room 4130 WWPH.

Friday, March 21, 2014. James Williams, MA Candidate, East Asian Studies. "Plastic Narratives." Room 4130 WWPH.

Friday, April 25, 2014. Rishi Chebrolu, Undergraduate Research with Professor Charles Exley, East Asian Languages and Literatures. "Unsettled skins: A critical analysis and deconstruction of the depictions of transgender characters in anime and manga in terms of notions of family, citizenship, and heterosexuality", Room 4130 WWPH. Click here for abstract.