News & Events

Colloquium, Zhen Wang, MA Candidate, Transcendence and Return: Re-interpreting and Re-envisioning Urbanization in Contemporary Chinese Art

Friday, January 13, 2017. 12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH. 

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December 9 EALL Special Colloquium with Wende Dikec

How foreign language study influences career paths will be the topic of EALL's second colloquium of the fall term. Japanese majors Emma Lurye and Jessica Shilling will host a panel discussion with Ms. Wende Dikec, class of 1989. The discussion will be held in the Korean Nationality Room (304 Cathedral of Learning) at noon on Friday, December 9, 2016.  A pizza lunch will follow in the department's seminar room (2712 Cathedral of Learning).  All are invited. 


Echo Strategies partners with EALL for Japanese Language Internship in Pittsburgh

Echo Strategies has recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures to offer a local internship to Japanese language majors. This internship involves pilot-testing questionnaires targeted at Japanese audiences and translating responses into English. Jessica Shilling and Emma Lurye are the first two Japanese majors to serve as interns for Echo Strategies.

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First EALL Colloquium features Pitt Alumna Elizabeth Oyler

We are proud to present our new Associate Professor, Elizabeth Oyler, as our first presenter in the EALL Colloquium series.  The title of the talk is "Framing Movement and Stasis: Stage Properties in the Noh Yuya and Ohara gokō"

The talk will be Friday, November 11, 2016, in room 4130 WWPH.   

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Alumna Dedicates Book to Japanese Faculty

The Japanese Language faculty were honored to have a book dedicated to them.

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Assistant Instructor of Chinese

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures of the University of Pittsburgh seeks one full-time, one-year contract (renewable) assistant instructor for the Chinese language program, for appointment beginning August 28, 2017, pending budgetary approval.  The successful candidate will possess native or near-native proficiency in both Chinese and English, hold an MA degree in Chinese language pedagogy, foreign language pedagogy, or a related field, and have at least one year experience teaching Chinese at the college level in a North American institution. Preference will be given to candidates who possess linguistic knowledge of the Chinese language, and who demonstrate familiarity with theories in second language acquisition and current practices in Chinese pedagogy in North American higher education settings. Duties include teaching both recitations and lectures of language courses, as well as working closely with the language coordinator to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Chinese language program.

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, three letters of reference (one letter should comment explicitly on the candidate’s teaching ability), a statement of teaching philosophy in both Chinese and English, representative samples of narrative and quantitative teaching evaluations, transcripts from the last university attended, and an unedited video of teaching beginning students (DVD or a URL of the video).

Candidates will submit their applications at the following web address  For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input an email address, and an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.

Priority Screening will be given to applications received on or before December 9, 2016.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.  EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Call for Papers

Migrations of Cultures: An undergraduate conference in Pitt's modern languages departments to be held at the University of Pittsburgh, March 30-31, 2016.  Deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to January 6, 2017.


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Undergrads Gather for Beach Party

Academic advisor for Chinese and Japanese majors, Stephen Luft, organized an "beach party" for majors on the 27th floor beach on September 30, 2016. Beachwear was optional. Current majors in Chinese and Japanese were joined by students interested in learning more about our exciting majors. Forward-thinking are the students who plan to incorporate East Asian languages into their academic plans of study while at Pitt.

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EALL Welcomes New and Returning Faculty

Faculty gathered on August 25, 2016, before the busy Fall term began on August 29, 2016.  We welcomed Associate Professor Elizabeth Oyler, who will be teaching "Introduction to Japanese Literature" and "The Tale of Genji" this fall term. Returning from academic leaves are Cecile Sun, Yi Xu, Stephen Luft, and Wan-Ching Hsieh. We also are proud to announce the appointment of Seung-Hwan Shin as a Visiting Assistant Professor Korean Culture.

Homemade covered dish items were enjoyed, along with a toast to the new academic year!


Beth Oyler and Stephen Luft both returned from teaching in Japan.

A toast to the new academic year!

 Chinese Language instructors: Jia Li, Bei Cheng, Xue Wei, Yi-Ting Cheng

Juchun Wei, Bei Cheng, Fan Fan

Sachiko Takabatake Howard, Noriko Kowalchuck, Kyungok Joo, Mi-Hyun Kim, Jiyoon Oh

Summer Intensive Japanese Classes Were a Big Success

Third Year Japanese Intensive language students

SEALS (Summer East Asian Language Studies) Japan concluded on August 5, 2016.  The Third Year students completed the equivalency of two terms of student in just eight weeks. Students in First Year Intensive and Second Year Intensive Japanese courses earned 10 credits of study in ten weeks. They completed their course on July 29. Our intensive summer language program offers students to complete a year of study in a fun and intensive atmosphere. And they still have three weeks of summer vacation before classes start for the Fall Term on August 29, 2016!  Congratulations to the students and faculty on a job well done.

Chinese Senior Wins Fulbright Study/Research Award for 2016-2017

Sam Gonzales, Class of 2016

Sam Gonzales, a senior Chinese major, received Fulbright Study/Research award. He will conduct his research in Yunnan,China for nine months. Sam plans to produce a historical survey tracing the changes and continuity of Yi (彝) written culture through Chinese conquest, missionary interactions and government mandated reforms of the writing system. At the end of his grant period he will produce an updated and modern historical survey of Yi written culture.

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Three Chinese Students Win Critical Language Scholarship

Zoe Toigo and Alexis Crossland

Alexis Crossland completed Second Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Dalian in the summer of 2016.

Zoe Toigo complete Second Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Suzhou in the summer of 2016.

Sam Gonzales completed Fourth Year Chinese and will participate in CLS in Tainan in the summer of 2016.

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Local Students Excel at 2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center hosted the 2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest. The contest was held on Friday, March 4th at the William Pitt Union on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

This year 110 students from the Western PA registered to compete in this day-long competition. Japanese language students of all levels and students who are involved in Japan-related cultural activities participated in one of four speech levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced and advanced plus) or the poster contest. Participating schools were Butler Area High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 University Preparatory School, Norwin High School, Shaler Area High School, South Side Area High School, and Upper St. Clair High School.

First place in the Advanced Plus category went to Nick Harn of Shaler Area High School, who also received the grand prize: an electronic Japanese-English dictionary donated by the Consulate General of Japan in New York. First place in the Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner categories went to Maura Kurp of Norwin High School, tied between Michelle Yang of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School and Kaishia Ieraci of Norwin High School, and James Gresos of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, respectively. First place in the poster competition went to Erin Graham of Upper St. Clair High School.

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EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Korean language program beginning in the fall of 2016. Candidates must have native language proficiency, hold at least a college degree, and be authorized to work for the University. Prior experience in teaching foreign languages and familiarity with language pedagogy or linguistics is highly preferred. If interested, please contact Mi-Hyun Kim at A resume or CV is required for initial screening and candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interviews in April/May 2016.

Charles Exley publishes a book

Charles Exley published a book on Satō Haruo, a Japanese writer. In this book entitled Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature, he offers the first comprehensive examination in English of Satō’s literary oeuvre from the 1910s through the 1930s. The study examines the ways in which selected novels and short stories interact with cultural discourses of the time, including the fantastic, the discourse on melancholy and mental illness, detective fiction and early film, colonial encounter and critique of civilization, and hysteria and psychoanalysis. Exley’s alignment of Satō’s fictional work with its cultural and historical context illustrates the complex ways in which Satō’s aesthetic projections derived from and comment on Japan’s experience with modernization during the twentieth century.