March, 2018

Emory Students Take Top Honors at Japanese Speech Contest

Chloe Lee Ju Mi Ha

Emory students performed brilliantly at this year's Japanese Academic Challenge and Speech Contest. This was the 26th year of the event which was jointly organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta. Congratulations to all of Emory's students who participated!

Top Right: Chloe Lee claimed the 2nd Prize in Catagory I (JPN 101/102/Japanese Proficiency Test 4-5)

Top Left: Ju Mi Ha won the 2nd Prize in Category II (JPN 301-402/Japanese Proficiency Test Level 3)

Below: Yani Emma Li received an honorable mention for her performance in Category II.

Yani Emma Li

February, 2018 

The Department of REALC hosts its fifth annual Silk Road Cafe

Chinese new year paper 

As part of Emory's annual Love Your Majors Week, the Department of REALC invited students from each of its global areas of study to celebrate the food, art, and culture of Russia and East Asia. Above, students sample green tea and practice the ancient art of Chinese paper cutting. Below, students try their hands at origami.


January, 2018

Bumyong Choi is a recipient of the Winship Award for Senior Lecturers! He will be on leave during the Spring 2019 semester. 

April, 2017


2017 REALC graduates

Congratulations to our ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Awards Winners!

The winners of the 2017 Emory College Language Center award winners are:

Chinese: Busniess and Chinese Major Stephen Weiner

Japanese: Human Health Major and Japanese Minor Michael Flores

Korean: English Major and Korean minor Haley Van Petten

Russian: Interdisciplinary Studies and Russian Major Katy Mayerson

March, 2017

REALC Hosts its Third Annual Student Research Symposium

Hang Jiang

Above: Computer Science and Linguistics major Hang Jiang presents, "Adding Word Boundaries to the Chinese Script Will Benefit Chinese Language Users."

Friday, March 31, 2017, students representing programs from across Emory College and the Laney Graduate School presented their work in the areas of Russian and East Asian studies. Students answered a call for papers requesting submissions on the subjects of Russian or East Asian linguistics, art, history, politics, religion, or culture. The selectees, seven undergraduates and one graduate student, presented on topics ranging from Russian literature to Chinese entrepreneurship. The complete schedule of presenters is below.

REALC Symposium

Korea Week Schedule Announced

3/27 Monday: Opening event (Asbury Circle)

3/28 Tuesday: Panel Discussion – “The "Comfort Women" Statue Installation in Atlanta

as a Transnational Peace Movement”

* 5:45-7:00 Rita Anne Rollins Building (RARB) 102

* Participants

a) Facilitator: Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation)

b) Panels: Won Chul Shin (PhD Student in Ethics and Society, Graduate Division of Religion) and Helen Kim-Ho, Special Advisor of The Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Taskforce.

* Sponsors:

a) Candler Coordinating Council, Candler School of Theology

b) Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding Program, Graduate Division of Religion

c) The Ethics and Servant Leadership Program, Center for Ethics

d) Korean Program, REALC

3/29 Wednesday: Korean Culture Fair

* 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Cox Hall Bridge

* The Korean Culture Fair is an opportunity to immerse in Korean cultural activities. Take a picture wearing the beautiful traditional Korean garb, hanbok. Or try some of the traditional Korean games. Collect certificates for participating in each cultural activity and exchange them for a small gift!

3/30 Thursday: "South Korean Popular Culture before and after Democracy"

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Democratization in South Korea

* 5:30-7:00 White Hall 103

* Guest speakers

a) Charles Kim (History, University of Wisconsin): “Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea.”

b) Jenny Wang Medina (Korean Literature and Cultural Studies, Columbia University): “As the K-World Turns: The Politics of Culture in Millennial South Korea.”

* Sponsors: Hightower Fund, REALC Korean Program, Halle Institute, East Asian Studies Program.

3/31 Friday: Hangeul Party – A Korean Calligraphy Event

* 4:00-7:00 PM, Brooks Common, Cannon Chapel

* Enjoy an afternoon/evening of modern Korean calligraphy with one of the most prominent calligraphers from Korea. Learn about the Korean alphabet and fall in

love with Korean calligraphy and culture by doing it yourself! The event is children-friendly and a delicious Korean dinner will be provided.

* Sponsors: REALC Korean Program, Halle Institute, East Asian Studies Program, Emory College Language Center (ECLC).

4/2 Sunday: Korea Culture Night

* 3:00 – 5:30 PM, WHSCAB Auditorium

* Emory’s Korean Undergraduate Student Association (KUSA) and Korean International Students at Emory (KISEM) will be hosting their 14th annual Korean Culture Night (KCN) on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m., which will highlight various aspects of Korean culture through both modern and traditional performances. The event will be held in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center administration building auditorium and will feature Emory student groups and Atlanta community groups.

* Sponsors: REALC Korean Program, Halle Institute.

Emory Japanese Students Awarded Highest Honors at Speech Contest

Qui and Zheng

Above: Junzhou Qui and Siqi Zheng

Emory students demonstrated their skills once again at the state-wide, annual Japaenese Speech Contest, taking home awards in both beginning and advanced levels. The winners were as follows:

Level 1 (1st and 2nd year)

1st: Zinuo Sun (日本史を愛する理由)

2nd: Andrew Jeong(旅行したい日本の都市)

3rd: Ju Mi Ha (言葉の響き)


Level 2 (3rd and 4th year)

1st: Junzhou Qui (Katakana and Samurai) – got a round trip air ticket to Japan!

Ganbatta award (honorable mention): Siqi Zheng 言葉が人の魂  

This year's Japanese Speech Contest took place March 4, 2017 at the Atlanta campus of Mercer University. The event was sponsored by the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, the Japan-American Society of Georgia, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. 

Sun, Jeong, and Ha

Above: Zinou Sun, Andrew Jeong, and Ju Mi Ha

May, 2016

Beloved Lecturer Wan-Li Ho Retires

Wan-Li Ho

REALC and East Asian Studies faculty and staff bid farewell this semester to Chinese Senior Lecturer Wan-Li Ho. She was honored with memorial speeches and letters from former students and colleagues at a REALC faculty luncheon, but it remains difficult to put her legacy into words. As an instructor of Chinese language, as well as courses focusing on Chinese women and religion, Wan-Li earned the reputation as a passionate, dedicated teacher and a mentor to her students. During her fifteen years at Emory, she inspired generations of undergraduates to pursue studies, and eventually careers, in Chinese language or related fields. In 2014, Wan-Li received the Emory College Language Center Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding teaching record, evidence of innovation in teaching, and evidence of appreciation by peers and students as a model teacher. Wan-Li ended her career at Emory on an especially high note with the publication of her first book, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan.

In addition to her many professional successes, Wan-Li will be remembered by her colleagues and students at Emory for her kindness, her sincerity, and her selflessness. We wish her much happiness in her richly deserved retirement!