Why study a foreign language? Foreign languages are a cornerstone of liberal arts education that will expand the mind. They open new doors. Learning a foreign language will test your mettle—Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are among the most challenging languages to learn. Competence in an Asian language will also give you a knowledge of this world region, not to mention an edge in the competitive job market. East Asia's importance to the world is obvious; its economy easily surpasses the GDP of the United States. With the population of more than 1.5 billion in the region, its importance cannot be underestimated. Come to EALL and meet the challenge.
Interdisciplinary MA in East Asian Studies (IDMA)
Whether you're interested in an Asia-related career or acquiring broadly based East Asia academic training before enrolling in a PhD program, consider EALL’s Interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in East Asian Studies (IDMA). It will equip you with appropriate academic training as well as language and culture competence. Read more...
Our language programs are some of the best in the nation. 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. Read more...
Four Chinese Majors Win National Scholarships
Eight University of Pittsburgh students will study abroad as award recipients in two prestigious national scholarship programs designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language skills. Four of them are EALL's Chinese majors.
Patrick Farrell will study Mandarin in China during the next year. He is planning to eventually work in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. “My classes will give me the necessary training and vocabulary to engage in more complex discussions of the Chinese economy,” he says. “The rapid growth of China’s economy and the expansion of China’s political influence are quickly changing the balance of power in Asia and the world.”
Abigail Majane, a junior majoring in political science and Chinese and minoring in economics, will study Mandarin in China during the next academic year.She would like to pursue a career with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she has already completed an internship. “I can use my knowledge and experience to help streamline the bilateral discussion process between the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and its Chinese counterparts in order to help better defend both American and Chinese consumers from unsafe products,” she says.
Cody Dickerson will study Turkish in Turkey. Last year he studied Mandarin in China as a Boren Scholar, and now he is studying Turkish because he would like to pursue a career that involves studying and interacting with the Uyghur, a Turkic minority group living in western China. “I started taking Turkish last summer through the Slavic languages program at Pitt, and I’m excited for the opportunity to go over there and speak Turkish,” he says.
Audrey-Marie Winn will study Mandarin in China. She is aiming to become a lawyer for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. “In August of 2008, I injured my wrist during a volleyball scrimmage and was permanently benched. My mother started bringing me magazines and books to distract me from losing volleyball. A New York Times article titled ‘Dynamic Young Engines Driving China’s Epic Boom’ changed my life. Soon, the Chinese labor force was my new passion,” she says.
The above information was culled from a University of Pittsburgh press release. Read the full press release here.
Graduation Celebration Held on April 28
Four of the Chinese graduates pose for a picture
To honor the 2013 Chinese and Japanese graduates, a graduation celebration was held on Sunday April 28, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Athletic Association ballroom. This departmental event was attended by more than 120 guests and faculty members. A total of thirty undergraduate students graduated from EALL in 2012, making this graduating class the largest ever in the histroy of the Department.
Dr. James Cook, Associate Director of the Asian Studies Center (pictured), gave a keynote speech. In addition, a musical performance by Mimi Jong on erhu and zhonghu and dance and shamisen performances by Yuko Eguchi added much merriment to the occasion.
During this event, guests and the faculty were treated to two short inhouse movies featuring the graduates and the EALL faculty.
We wish the graduates much success in the future!
Departmental Awards Winners Announced
During the Graduation Celebration on April 28, the following 2013 Departmental award winners were announced. Each award comes with a certificate and a gift card.
Chinese Language Achievement Award
Chinese Academics Prize
Japanese Language Achievement Award
Japanese Academics Prize
Amy L. Svodoba
Korean Academics Prize
Ashley Nancy Flynn
The Department established these awards to recognize students with exceptional performance in the area of language study and general academics. Congratulations!
Seniors Present their Research
Graduating Chinese and Japanese majors presented their final capstone projects to the public in the past two weeks. They have been working on their final projects for the last 14 weeks. The presentation topics ranged the entire gamut—the kakarimusubi construction of Old Japanese, noo theater, history of Christianity in China and its impact on education, Chinese music, mental healthcare in Japan, to name just a few.
EALL prepares to offer summer intensive Chinese and Japanese courses
Plans are being made to offer Summer East Asian Language Studies (SEALS) courses for two languages—Chinese and Japanese. Chinese courses, Intensive First Year Chinese 1 and 2 (each 5 credits), will begin on May 20 and end on August 3, 2013. Classes are small and high pressure
Japanese courses—Intensive First Year Japanese (10 credits) and Intensive Second Year Japanese (10 credits)— will begin on May 28 and end on August 3, 2013. Intensive Third Year Japanese 1 will get underway on June 10 and Intensive Third Japanese 2 on July 8, 2013. Taking these language course during the summer is a good way to get ahead and put under your belt one year of language study in one summer.
More than 60 students in the region compete in a Japanese speech contest
An Allderdice student, Joshua Zak (12th grade), placed First Place at the Advaned Plus level, winning the grand prize—an electronic dictionary—from the Japanese Consulate in New York represented by Consul Mr. Kigure.
Students wait for award announcements
Second Place went to Corrie Brazell (12th grade) form Shaler Area HS. Comgratulations to these and other winners (click here to see the complete list of winners). EALL faculty served as judges.