The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures has moved to the 27th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.  


The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, literature, film, theater, and culture.

When you enroll in our department’s courses, you will be taking them from teachers who are nationally recognized as experts in their fields. In our highly rated language classes, you will learn to develop all language skills and use them with fluency and accuracy.

We recognize that linguistic skills alone are not sufficient; you also need to learn about culture and how to behave appropriately in that culture. Moreover, you will learn about other equally important cultural frameworks through the non-language courses offered in our department and other departments on campus.

News and Events

Taranee Cao Colloquium

Examining the Pragmatic Development of Chinese JFL Students.

Friday, February 5, 2016:  12 noon, Room 4130 WWPH.

Karen S. Kingsbury Colloquium

Zhang Ailing and Eileen Chang: Towards a Biography in Two Parts

These notes toward a biography summarize factors behind the iconic writer’s often counter-intuitive unerasability in the Sinosphere; and near-invisibility, in the Anglophonic world.

Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:00 noon, Room 5200 Posvar Hall.  (Please note that this is not one of usual rooms.)

New Publication by Kun Qian

We are proud to announce that Assistant Professor Kun Qian has published a new book, "Imperial-Time-Order: Literature, Intellectual History, and China's Road to Empire,"  It was published by Brill in December 2015.

EALL Colloquium Series

Our tentative schedule for the 2016 Spring Term:

February 5: Taranee Cao, MA Candidate in East Asian Studies, "Examining the pragmatic development of Chinese JFL students."  12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH.

February 12: Karen S. Kingsbury, Professor of International Studies, Chatham University, "Zhang Ailing and Eileen Chang: Towards a Biography in Two Parts. 12:00 noon, 5200 WWPH.

February 19: Dylan Reilly

February 26: Wan-Chun Huang

March 18: Tim Hogge

April 8: Rongqian Ma

Chinese Language and Culture Club

EALL is proud to announce the establishment of a new student organization, The Chinese Club. The advisor is Ms. Juchun Wei.  If you are interested in club activities, please contact Lauren Manning at ljm80@pitt.edu. This Friday at 2:30 pm in either room 314 or room 341 of the Cathedral the club will be having its second language table.  Several additional native speakers will be in attendance.

Three visiting faculty join the Department

Dunja Jelesijevic, Guanlan Xu, and Noriko Higashitani will join the faculty beginning this fall until the end of the academic year. Jelesijevic replaces David Mills, who retired at the end of June 2015 after 45 years of distinguished service. She is a specialist of premodern Japanese literature and religion and is now finishing her PhD degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. Guanlan Xu holds an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Iowa and a second M.A. degree in classical Chinese literature. She fills in for Wan-Ching Hsieh for the upcoming year. Higashitani just completed her MA in Japanese as a Foreign Language at the University of Kansas. She will replace Stephen Luft, who is now serving as resident director of Year-in-Japan program at Konan University (Kobe). She will teach language courses and serve as Academic Advisor for Chinese and Japanese majors. Please join us in welcoming three visiting faculty to our Department.

Chantel Furbert awarded a Bridging Scholarship
Chantel Furbert has been awarded a Bridging Scholarship for the Fall of 2015. Congratulations to her and to the Japanese program. She will use the money to study at Konan in the coming year. Her area is language and linguistics. Here is more information about the award: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships-2015-fall.
Four students are awarded CLS Scholarships

Spencer Brown, Samuel Gonzales, and Rebecca Wallace were awarded Critical language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institute to Study Chinese. Christine Matt is currently studying in Japan with the same award.