News and Events .
Special Korean Film Lecture
Dr. Kyung Hyun Kim, Associate Professor, University of California at Irvine, is giving a lecture on Monday, March 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m., in room 501 Cathedral of Learning. The title of his talk is "Still Watching a Movie?: Korean National Cinema in the Post-Film Era." This talk is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Program and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be offered.
Kakehashi Project Takes Shape
EALL will be hosting the first batch of Kakehashi Project students—13 college students from Japan on Pitt campus March 8-11, 2014. They'll meet their Pitt counterparts and do activities together. This Japanese government-sponsored project plans to send 2,300 Japanese students to the U.S. and receive the same number of stduents from the U.S. EALL will be sending 23 students in late June this year as part of this agreement.
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.
Spring Fling: Hold the date!
The department will hold its annual Spring Fling on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the O'Hara Student Center. There will be food, games, and entertainment.
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.