News Archive

November, 2018

Wendy Fu's The Other Milk

Chinese Assistant Professor Jia-Chen Fu has published her first book, The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China. According to the University of Washington Press description, The Other Milk explores the curious paths that led to the notion of the deficient Chinese diet and to soybean milk as the way to guarantee food security for the masses. 

September, 2018

REALC welcomed two new Korean faculty members this fall!

Hwisang Cho

Hwisang Cho joins us from Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in premodern Korean history. He specializes in the interactions between written culture and sociopolitical changes. He will offer classes in Korean history and culture such as his newly created Introduction to Korean Culture and Choson: Last Dynasty of Korea.

Jenny Wang Medina

Jenny Wang Medina also hails from Columbia, where she earned her Ph.D. in East Asian languages and cultures with an emphasis on modern Korean literature and culture. She is currently serving as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, working on her book manuscript, Brand Conscience: Global Korea and the Reinvention of National Cultures

May, 2018

Congratulations REALC Graduates!

Graduation list

April, 2018

Russian Professor Nikolay Koposov's New Book Receives High Praise


Visiting Professor of Russian Nikolay Koposov’s recent book, Memory Laws, Memory Wars: The Politics of the Past in Europe and Russia received an enthusiastic review in the Los Angeles Review of Books this month. Published by Cambridge University Press in October of 2017, the book examines the increase in memory laws passed in the later decades of the twentieth century, the first of which were enacted to legislate against denials of the Holocaust. Koposov studies the proliferation of such laws and their subsequent manipulation by powerful states to suppress speech. Reviewer Douglas Smith writes, “Koposov shows in great detail how as memory laws spread from West to East they became ever less democratic and ever more despotic, weapons not of the weak, but of the strong, used to silence competing narratives about the past and to foster a mythical national history.”

Student Research Shines at REALC Symposium

Bradyn Schiffman

The Department of REALC was thrilled to host its fourth annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium in the spring of 2018. Students from all disciplines were invited to submit proposals in the areas of the languages, cultures, societies, or politics of Russia, Eastern Europe, and East Asia. Some students presented work associated with honors theses, while others chose papers written as class assignments. Not only is the symposium an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to hone their research and presentation skills, it also provides a platform to showcase the innovative and provocative work being done throughout Emory College in REALC’s global areas.


The presenters were as follows:


Christina Morgan, “How Love Challenges the Soviet Regime”

Mallory Carnes (below), “Creating New Spaces: Constructing and Performing Gender in Mandarin-Language Popular Music of the People’s Republic of China, Post-1997”

Kim de Guzman, “Creating Prostitutes as Abnormal Bodies during the Soviet Era”

Daniel Gursoy, “Total War: A Historiographical Comparison of Red Army and Wehrmacht Permission Structures”

Bradyn Schiffman (above), “Examining NATO’s Impact on Russian-speaking Identity through Media Coverage of Latvia”

Min Jae Choi, “The Motivations for North Korea’s Provocations”

Oscar Escobar and Alex Labaziewicz, “Parental Influence on Japanese Language Learners’ Motivation and Language Acquisition”

Yu Yang and Doris Zhou, “Understanding the Cultural and Familial Motivations of Chinese Heritage Learners”


Mallory Carnes

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!




March, 2017

The Emory College Language Center Announces Its Student Award Winners

Each year, the ECLC asks faculty to nominate an outstanding student in each language program offered in Emory College. This year's winners were:

Chinese: Stephen Asher

Japanese: Michale Anthony Flores

Korean: Haley Van Petten

Russian: Katy Mayerson

Congratulations to our very talented students!

February, 2017

REALC Hosts its Biggest 'Love Your Majors' Event Yet!


This year's Silk Road Café attracted students from all across campus with its wide variety of Russian and East Asian food and cultural activities. Above, students learn the art of making matcha, a finely ground green tea powder. Tables for Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting were very popular, and students enjoyed trying on traditional Korean garments as they sampled a variety of snacks from REALC's global areas. Below, students linger over a traditional Russian poppyseed cake. 

poppyseed cake

May, 2016



April, 2016

REALC Hosts Its Second Annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium

Peter Ruvalcaba

Above: Junior Peter Ruvalcaba presents, “Sergei Eisenstein: Symbolism, Allusion & Intellectual Montage”
Below: Senior Abby Holst presents, “Chinese Propaganda Posters in Mao’s Patriotic Health Campaigns: From Four Pests to SARS”

Students from throughout Emory College were selected to participate in REALC's second annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium. Students from any discipline were invited to submit abstracts in the areas of language, art, literature, history, politics, or religion pertaining to one of REALC's global areas. Once again, the symposium reflected the diversity of REALC's departmental offerings, and showcased the excellent work of Emory's students. We congratulate all of the participants on an excellent showing.

The following is the list of this year's presentors and their paper titles:

Samantha Chen, "Liberty Osaka: Presenting Minority Rights in Japan"
Abby Holst, “Chinese Propaganda Posters in Mao’s Patriotic Health Campaigns: From Four Pests to SARS”
Caiwei Huang, “The Politics of China’s Public Sector Pension Reform: A Case Study of Henan”
Siqi Huang, “Labor Rights Protection or Disputes Prevention? A Study of Chinese Trade Unions, FDI and Government Development Strategies”
Sarah Lindberg, “Changing Clothes and Identities: Views of Japan in Late Meiji Lantern Slides”
Katya Miranda, “Soviet Airwomen: Comrades in Arms or Women Where They Don’t Belong?”
Chloe Pak, “Chaos in the Land of Morning Calm: The Unintentional Impact of Yi T’oegye’s and Yi Yulgok’s Neo-Confucian Scholarly Teachings”
Peter Ruvalcaba, “Sergei Eisenstein: Symbolism, Allusion & Intellectual Montage”
Jason Sigalos, “Rebellions Against God in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment”
Jeanmarie Tucker, “Contrasting Color Theory in Malevich’s Work”


March, 2016

Emory Students Take Home Top Awards at Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese speech contest

Above from left: Tak Chi Wang, Emma Lou (JPN202), Cassandre Auguste (JPN102), Jamariel Hobbs (JPN202), Rongyang Zhang (JPN302)

The five students pictured above represented Emory at this year's Japanese Speech Contest, an annual regional event sponsored by The Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, and the Japan-America Society of Georgia. Three of them were awarded top prizes:

Level 1 (1st and 2nd year of Japanese)

1st place: Emma Lou (JPN 202)

3rd place: Jamariel Hobbs (JPN 202)

Level 2 (3rd and 4th year of Japanese)

3rd place: Rongyang Zhang

Two additional Emory students, Patricia Lin and Catherine MacGregor played traditional Japanese songs by violin at the closing ceremony.

Congratulations to all of our students on a very successful showing!

Cheryl Crowley's Innovative Class Culminates in Woodruff Library Exhibition

Japanese doll

Above: A photograph of a 19th-century Japanese doll, from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, Emory University. Photo credit: Paige Knight, Emory Libraries.

Learning from the Empire: Japan in the Archives of Oxford College and Emory University,” opens March 9 in the Level 3 rotunda in Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. The exhibit will showcase research by Emory undergraduate students who were enrolled in the Fall 2015 course “Literary and Visual Culture in Japan.” Culled from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and the Pitts Theology Library, the exhibit includes exquisite ceramics, sculptures, and photographs of dolls too fragile to be displayed, as well as rare photographs from Japan, China, and Korea.

Cheryl Crowley's class of 18 students studied the objects to help create a finding aid for future library users. Through their research, the students discovered documents and photographs from the same period in the Rose Library and the Pitts Theology Library’s Special Collections that add context to the objects in the Oxford College Library’s collection. “The chance to work with objects, particularly objects that haven’t been curated or researched already, is an amazing experience for students,” said Crowley. “Their perspectives enriched whatever I might have been able to do myself in trying to identify these objects. It’s been a great collaboration.”

February, 2016

Students Celebrate Another Year of Loving their Majors

LYM food

Students gathered once again for our fifth annual celebration of the language, food, and culture of REALC's diverse global regions. Attendees tried their hands at making songpyeon, a traditional Korean rice cake, and sampled a variety of Chinese teas (above). Below, students learned the arts of origami and calligraphy at the Chinese and Japanese tables. The Russian program treated students to poppyseed cakes, and students solved riddles in Mandarin. In short, a good time was had by all!

LYM students

REALC Student Photography Featured in ECLC Exhibit

Tuesday, February 9, the Emory College Language Center hosts "Linguistic Landscapes of the World - A Student Photo Exhibit from the 2015 Summer Study Abroad Programs." Linguistic landscape refers ot the visual representation of language and languages that appear in public contexts within the larger symbolic landscape of a given territory. In recent years, researchers have begun to study these manifestations of language in order to understand how they reflect and contribute to discourses about language, politics, and identity in the societies where they appear.

In the summer of 2015, students who participated in Emory study abroad programs in China, Korea, Spain, and Austria conducted research projects on the linguistic landscapes of these study abroad locations. This exhibit freatures photographs of language representations taken by the students. Click here for a complete list of photographs and their descriptions.

Veronica Chua, Chinese program abroad

"The Golden Arches in China"


I discovered this McDonald's advertisement right next to my student dormitory in Beijing Normal University. It was promoting the best-selling breakfast items that many Chinese locals regularly grabbed to eat right before heading to school or work. To appeal to local customers, McDonald's strategically adapted and expanded its menu in two specific ways: 1) comprehensively including both American and Chinese meals and 2) seamlessly infusing local ingredients into core Western items. As demonstrated by this advertisement — on the one hand, McDonald's sells the classic American hash brown and sausage/egg/cheese muffin sandwich. On the other hand, McDonald's caters to the local taste by also selling traditional Chinese soy milk, fried dough sticks, and wraps made with oriental spices and sauces.  Therefore, this advertisement exhibits how McDonald's has effectively customized what they are selling to fit the cultural preferences of the people they are selling to, a crucial marketing strategy called product localization. In doing so, McDonald's provides the best of both worlds: serving food that suits the established customs and tastes of the local people while still preserving the dining experience of novelty Western cuisine. For this reason, McDonald's has the ability to garner international popularity and achieve exponential growth in countries worldwide. Similar business strategies can be evidenced among other distinguished American fast-food restaurant chains in Asia including Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Simply put, this advertisement illustrates how the progressive rise of business globalization in China has led to striking intersections between Eastern and Western cultures.

Alec Nash, Chinese program abroad

"Can Health Be Patriotic?"


Can health be patriotic? This sign about smoking says a lot more about conflicting ideas about the definition of a nation that might be first assumed. Found in the Liyun Hotel on the campus of Beijing Normal University, this sign evokes more than the command to refrain from smoking.
The signature of the “Beijing Patriotic Health Campaign Committee” on this no-smoking sign might suggest that personal health is considered, at least to the Chinese government, as a matter of national importance. This sentiment could be compared to the United States’ anti-littering campaigns evoking pride in the American land to convince the public to refrain from throwing their trash on the road. This sign might suggest that people’s health and public sanitation is considered an element of Chinese nationhood.

Gurnaj Johal, East Asian Studies Major, Korean program abroad



This was taken at a Thai restaurant in Sinchon district in Seoul. Not only did  this restaurant, type its menu in Korean and English, it also included  unique visual characteristics. Each menu item box incorporates icons at the bottom describing the food in terms of what type of meat, spice level, and stars. Also to the right of the menu are the beverages, which are color coded so even the foreign tourist who does not speak or read Korean can realize what is what and has most questions answered about what drinks they have and what each food contains. This restaurant definitely has an international appeal because it makes an effort to linguistically promote its food by using varied techniques to appeal to both Koreans and an international crowd. Since this restaurant is in the hub of the youth district in Seoul then we can assume that this restaurant is trying to use new and innovate techniques to promote its business and also seem very modern.

January, 2016

Abigail Holst Awarded SIRE Undergraduate Fellowship

Abigail Holst

The Bill & Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry has awarded Abigail Holst with a SIRE Fellowship for the Spring 2016 semester. Abigail is a senior double-majoring in Human Health and Chinese Language & Literature. She is completing an honors thesis for her Chinese major titled, “From Mao to Now: An Analysis of Chinese Public Health Posters from the Great Leap Forward to SARS.” Drawing on archival research, Chinese historical regional newspapers, health-related newsletters, and academic journals, her research focuses on the similarities in the use of visual and textual elements in public health posters and political propaganda during the Maoist period and the recent national crisis, the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic.



October, 2015

Wendy Fu Leads Conversation about Top-Secret Malaria Research in China

Tu Youyou

Youyou poses with Chinese officials after the announcement of her Nobel Prize. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/Reuters

New REALC faculty member Jia-Chen (Wendy) Fu was asked to pen an article for online journal The Conversation in recognition of an historic moment in the history of Chinese medicine. Monday, October 5 Tu Youyou, 84, became the first citizen of the People’s Republic of China to win a  Nobel Prize in the sciences for discovering artemisinin, a drug that is now part of standard antimalarial regimens. Begining as a top-secret military project in 1967, the pioneering research leading to the drug's discovery combined Eastern and Western medical traditions to explore the healing properties of native plant life. Despite Youyou's accomplishments as the head of the malarial research group at the Bejing Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fu notes that a certain amount of controversy exists in the Chinese media over her Nobel Prize award due to its privileging of individual achievement over group endeavors. Fu ends the piece with a prompt for further discussion:

"During the Cultural Revolution, it mattered that science proceed along revolutionary lines. It mattered that scientific advances resulted from collective endeavor and drew from popular sources. Does it still?"

CLICK HERE to read Fu's article, "The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation that Conquered Malaria – And Won a Nobel," and join the conversation. 

September, 2015

Wan-Li Ho Brings Taiwanese Youth Ambasadors to Emory

Taiwanese youth ambasadors

Senior Lecturer Wan-Li Ho worked in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta and Emory's Taiwanese American Student Association to organize a major Taiwanese cultural event at Emory. On the afternoon of September 8, Emory students met with an international delegation of Taiwanese youth ambassadors to exchange ideas and information. The meeting was followed by a performance entitled "Energetic New Taiwan" in which performers introduced a packed house to the arts and culture of Taiwan. The twelve-act performance was organized around six main themes: the natural environment, healthy and sustainable living, cultural heritage, cuisine, cultural creativity, and warmth of the Taiwanese people. The student ambassadors delighted the audience with creative presentations and acrobatic dances, and communicated something of the spirit of Taiwan to the people of Atlanta.

Taiwanese youth ambasadors

August, 2015

REALC Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

The Department of REALC is thrilled to welcome two new additions to its core faculty!

Wendy Fu

Jia-Chen (Wendy) Fu is our new Assistant Professor of Chinese History. Having earned a M.Phil and Ph.D in History from Yale University, she comes to Emory after holding positions at the University of California at Berkeley and Case Western Reserve University. Her primary research focuses on how new scientific disciplines and practices shaped conceptions of the Chinese physical body and diet. Her teaching interests include modern Chinese history, science and society in modern China, history of the body,  food and culture, and East Asian martial arts.

Seth Goss

Seth Goss joins REALC as an Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics. Seth completed his Ph.D. in 2015 at Ohio State University and has received training in Japanese language pedagogy both in the US (SPEAC Program at Ohio State) and Japan (Research Institute for Japanese Language Education). His research interests include production of speech prosody; individual differences in the ability to perceive word accent; and most recently, the effects of native language phonology on second language word recognition. His current work focuses on the acquisition of second language idioms and collocations and the effects of form- versus meaning-focused instruction of kanji in the Japanese classroom. 

Five new language instructors will also join REALC this year:


Kui Deng is a Chinese Language instructor. She earned a Masters degree in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Comparison Linguistics at Nankai University in China. She is interested in Chinese pedagogy and linguistics, phonetics, and technology in language teaching.

Rui Gao

Rui Gao is a Chinese Language Instructor. She comes to Emory by way of Beijing Language and Culture University where she studies linguistics and applied linguistics. She is working on the completion of her dissertation entitled, "Study on Modality for the Mood Words of Modern Chinese."

Binna Kim

Binna Kim is a Korean Language Instructor.

Hyunae Yun

Hyunae Yun is a Korean Language Instructor. Hyunae is currently working toward her Ph.D. at Yonsei University in Korea. Her research interests include writing and teaching language in discourse-based L2 acquisition.

Xiaomei Zu is a Chinese Language Instructor.

April, 2015

Eight Faculty Members to Depart REALC

Today the Department of REALC bid farewell to eight of its faculty members. Lili Fan, Chenghong Liao, Xiaoqin Lin, and Yuan Liu from the Chinese program; Aya McDaniel and Izumi Johno from the Japanese program; and Jihye Eo and Hakyoon Lee from the Korean program are all leaving to pursue various personal and professional opportunities.

Aya McDaniel
Aya McDaniel, whose six-year career at Emory makes her the most senior faculty member of the group, taught Japanese language from beginning through advanced levels. She will continue to teach Japanese language at Georgia Tech, where she currently works as a part-time Lecturer (click HERE for her contact information). Her contribution to the Japanese program at Emory cannot be overstated. Aya was an active participant in Emory’s “Domain of One’s Own” website initiative, designing websites for a number of her classes throughout the years. She co-founded the highly popular Japanese Happy Hour discussion groups, organized demonstrations of student video projects, and oversaw a haiku workshop that she also presented at a number of conferences.  Her enthusiasm and dedication in and out of the classroom contributed to the creation of an energetic, creative, and highly successful group of Japanese students in the Department of REALC. Aya will be missed by her many friends, students, and colleagues at Emory.


Chenghong Liao will leave Atlanta for Beijing with her new husband. There she will teach Chinese at the University of International Business and Economics as she did before coming to Emory.


Yuan Liu will be leaving the US for China in June to enjoy her new baby and reunite with her family there. She will also continue to teach Chinese language in China.

Jihye Eo

Jihye Eo plans to return to Seoul to finish her PhD dissertation at Yonsei University. She writes, “I absolutely enjoyed every single moment with all of my lovely students and supportive colleagues. They have all been so much more than students and colleagues to me for the past two amazing years at Emory. I really appreciate you, and will miss you a lot!”


Xiaoqin Lin spent four years at Emory as a visiting instructor of Chinese. She will return to China to continue teaching at East China Normal University, but hopes to visit Emory again one day. “The four years I worked her were a joy,” she says. “Emory gave me many sweet memories, enough to last a lifetime.”

Lili Fan has accepted a position at UGA teaching Chinese langauge.

Korea Week Schedule Announced:

Korea week

REALC Student Among Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Research Award

(Left to right: Dominique Hayward, Abby Holst, Jacob Teich [honorable mention] and Alyssa Weinstein)

Chinese major Abby Holst was honored with a Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award this year for her paper, "The Atomic Bomb of Pesticides: A Historical Perspective on DDT." A panel of judges selected three winning entries for $500 prizes and another received an honorable mention. Congratulations Abby!

Emory Students Celebrate Korea Week


In what has become an annual series of largely student-run events, Emory’s Korea week reached its apex Wednesday, April 8th with the Korean Culture Fair. Sponsored and organized by KUSA, KISEM, KEGS, and the Department of REALC, the fair introduced the Emory community to a range of Korean foods, games, and cultural activities. Students and faculty welcomed guests to try their hands at the Korean games of Ttaktchi, Tuho, and Chegi, while others sampled adventurous Korean cuisine such as dried shrimp and spicy noodles. Above, students make their own traditional Korean ornaments known as Norigae. Outside of the DUC in Asbury Circle (below), students assembled and served free cups of bibimbap to hundreds of hungry people. As has become an Emory tradition, Korea Week will end Saturday, April 11 with Korean Culture Night at the WHSCAB Auditorium.


Korea Night Live: A Discussion of the Emory Korean Experience
Thursday 9, 2015 a panel of students assembled to discuss issues facing the Korean community at Emory (below). They addressed issues ranging from personal identities to Asian-American discrimination as part of an initiative to start a conversation about the experience of Korean identity at Emory University’s campus. Panelists included Andrew Ahn, Victoria Jeon, Jake Jo, Andy Kim, Hannah Kim, and Nikki Reynolds.

korea night live

Korean Culture Night is an annual event organized by the Korean Undergraduate Students Association (KUSA) and Korean International Students at Emory (KISEM) that has more than a ten-year history. It has become an greatly anticipated event marking the close of the Korea Week each year. In the upper photo below, members of the Atlanta Korean Culture Center perform the Jindo Drum Dance. In the photo beneath them, two women MCs don traditional Korean hanbok while sporting baseball caps to symbolize the crossover of contemporary Korean culture.



March, 2015

REALC Hosts Its First Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium


The Department of REALC showcased the work of some of Emory’s very talented undergraduate students today in its first annual symposium. Representative of the diverse make-up of the department, the papers selected for inclusion ranged from political or historical topics to literary and linguistic analyses of Russian and East Asian subject matter. Above, sophomore Katy Mayerson explored the parallels between Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. Below, junior Abigail Holst presented on the cultural phenomenon and multiple meanings of the Chinese word for “harmony.”

river crab

The presentations were followed by a catered lunch complete with "mocktails" courtesy of Emory Nourish (below). Nourish International is a student movement dedicated to the goal of creating community-based solutions to poverty throughout the world.


Congratulations to all of the students who presented their excellent work today; you set the bar very high for next year!

Our presenters were as follows:

symposium speakers

Emory Students Awarded at Japanese Speech Contest


Above: Anran Ye
Below: Tak Chi Wan

Four students (Tak Chi Wan, Denton Williams, Anran Ye, and Siyue Zong) from Emory participated in the 2015 Japanese Speech Contest on March 7 at Kennesaw State University. This contest is one of the major Japan-related community events organized by the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, and the Japan America Society of Georgia. The results are the following:

For Level 1
1st Prize – Anran Ye, “Life of Four People”
For Level 2
2nd Prize – Tak Chi Wan, “What I Learned from my First Semester”

The judges and organizers appreciated our students’ contributions to the success of this important community event. One of the organizers commented, “Students from Emory raised the level of this speech contest this year. Without Emory’s participation, this contest would not be possible.”

We are sincerely proud of our students’ excellence, efforts, and enthusiasm.

tak chi

February, 2015

The Confucius Instute of Atlanta Announces Its Spring Speaker Series:

CI events

REALC Hosts its Fourth Annual Silk Road Cafe

korean clothing

(Above) Jack Hardy, Seunghyun Song, and Cassandre Auguste model traditional Korean attire.

In honor of Emory's "Love Your Major Week," the Department of REALC invited students from all of its programs to celebrate its diverse areas of study. Students and faculty from the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian programs were on hand to share the food, games, and culture of their respective regions. The Korean program offered a wide variety of treats, including some incredibly spicy (and delicious) noodles, and brought traditional attire for students to wear. There were also origami demonstrations, a Chinese tea ceremony, Russian poppyseed cakes, and a calligraphy table courtesy of Emory's Calligraphy Club, to name just a few of the highlights. A good time was had by all!


(Above) The Emory Calligraphy Club table at REALC's Love Your Major event

December, 2014

REALC Bids Farewell to Popular Japanese Language Instructor

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Above: Mika Yamaguchi with her Japanese 101 classes

The students, faculty, and staff of REALC are saddened to learn that Mika Yamaguchi will not be returning for the Spring 2015 semester. She has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Languages at Michigan State Univeristy, effective January 2015. She began teaching Japanese language at Emory during the Fall 2012 semester, and quickly became a favorite among students and co-workers alike. "I'll miss my wonderful colleagues and students," she writes.  "I truly enjoyed every class I taught and every event activity I did with my students. Also, I'll miss the mild winters in Atlanta and sudden school closings due to snow (like this year), because schools remain open no matter how much snow they may have in Michigan!"

Congratulations, Mika! The Department of REALC wishes you well in your new career. You will be missed.

October, 2014

China Colloquium Highlights the work of Emory, UGA Professors

Karin Myhre

Dr. Karin Myhre (pictured above), Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Maria Franca Sibau, Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature at Emory presented their work at the first in a series of colloquia co-sponsored by the Department of REALC. Titled "Literary Spectacle of Filial Piety," the colloquium was thematically centered around issues of loyalty, duty, and heroism in late Ming and early Qing dynasty Chinese literature.

Dr. Myhre discussed the thematic significance of Confucian morality in the northern dramas Orphan of Zhao 趙氏孤兒 and Meng Liang Steals the Bones 趙氏孤兒. The duties of children to parents that constrains and compels central choices of main characters in certain early dramas illustrates the idea that the moral necessity of filial piety as a social and political organizing principle.

Dr. Sibau presented her anaylsis of the tale of Wang Yuan. Texts such as this, she maintains, can be read as attempts to cope with deep anxiety over the absence of authority figures, the dismemberment of family units, and the complex interplay between ostensibly perennial moral values and rapidly transforming socio-political circumstances.

The next China Colloquium, taking place November 19, will feature Dr. Eric Reinders' presentation, "Lexicons of the Unreal: Lord of the Rings and Journey to the West."

September, 2014

Hong Li Named ECLC Director

Hong Li

Dr. Hong Li, Professor of Pedagogy of Chinese in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, has been named the new Director of the Emory College Language Center (ECLC) for the three-year period 2014-2017. In the words of outgoing ECLC Director Dr. Hiram Maxim, "Dr. Li will bring her wealth of experience as a pedagogical innovator, an instructional technology whiz, a seasoned administrator, and a veteran of Emory policies and practices to the ECLC and help guide the Center in its mission to support and promote language studies at Emory."

Emory Student Awarded Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to Pariticpate in Intensive Chinese Language Summer Program

Abigail Holst

Abigail Holst reads a story about a mouse that bravely dares to try durian fruit to a class of elementary school students in rural Liaoning province.

Emory University junior, Abigail Holst, was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to participate in the 2014 Associated Colleges in China (ACC) Summer Field Studies Program, administered by Hamilton College and hosted by Beijing's Minzu University.  Holst, a double-major in Chinese Language and Literature and Human Health, spent seven weeks in Beijing and rural parts of China from June 13 - August 1 engaging in a comparative study of the American and Chinese contemporary educational systems.

The ACC Summer Field Studies Program is a 7-week Chinese language program that combines field studies experiences in rural China, intensive language courses, education conferences, and a strictly enforced language pledge for a complete immersion. Holst spent the first three weeks at Beijing's Minzu University studying the contemporary Chinese educational system and Chinese language. Following, Holst taught elementary school students in parts of rural Liaoning and Shaanxi provinces at two summer day camps for two weeks.

Program participants also attended a week-long Education and Science Society academic conference in Gansu province, where they delivered presentations in Chinese to primary school teachers from rural areas in Gansu province, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and Qinghai province. Holst's presentation, "How the United States Fosters Creativity and Critical Thinking through Literary Education," consisted of a series of vignettes about memorable learning experiences in literature classes from her primary, secondary, and post-secondary education.




April, 2014

Senior Lecturer Wan-Li Ho Honored with ECLC Excellence in Teaching Award

Wan-Li Ho

The Excellence in Language Teaching Award recognizes one language faculty member who has a minimum of six years on the Emory College faculty, an outstanding teaching record, eveidence of innovation in teaching and interest in continued professional development, evidence of appreciation by peers and students as a model teacher, involvement in language teaching at the various levels, extended service to her/his own language program (on-campus activities, study abroad) and to the Emory language community at large, and involvement with students both inside and outside the classroom. We are thrilled to announce that Wan-Li Ho was chosen to receive the award this year! In addition to her lengthy track record as a brilliant instructor of Chinese language, Wan-Li works tirelessly to promote her students' achievements at Emory, and has organized a number of educational and cultural events for the Chinese community in Atlanta. Congratulations Wan-Li! This recognition of your work is richly deserved!

Students Stage Chinese Revolutionary Play

tiger mountain

In an effort to better understand the arts during the Cultural Revolution, students in Dr. Eric Reinders and Dr. Hong Li's CHN/EAS/REL 388 class staged a performance of one of the Eight Model Plays permitted during this period of time, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy. This Beijing opera centers on a People's Liberation Army chief, Yang Zirong, who disguised himself as a bandit in order to infiltrate a local gang of bandits headquartered in Tiger Mountain. With the help of local citizens, the PLA soldiers succeeded in taking back Tiger Mountain by guile. Many hours - both in and outside of class - were dedicated to memorizing lines, rehearsing, and increasing campus reach. As a part of the final project of this class, the production engaged all students, who participated as actors, dancers, or members of the production crew.

chinese food
Above: Shengdong Fang, Edmund Xu, Truc Vu

Following the performance, the class was treated to a Chinese feast! Some of the food (eggs, corn bread, sweet potatoes) were chosen to reflect the diet of many during the Cultural Revolution. Their significance was that they were supposed to (at least at that time) invoke a sense of "past bitterness" that contrasts with the "present sweetness". In context, people during the Revolution were encouraged to remember how tough life was before Mao/the Communist and to appreciate what they had because of the Party.

Julie Wu, who is majoring in International Studies and Psychology, handled stage design and publicity for the play. "While I wasn't an active participant of the performance," she explained,  "witnessing it unfold and being a part of the production definitely gave me a better understanding of Chinese culture and history. The play provided a dramatized version of how the Communists/PLA were portrayed during the Cultural Revolution, and from that we were able to see how the leadership at the time utilized the pervasive nature of arts to disseminate propaganda. Plus, all the preparation and rehearsals, as well as watching everything come together, was a really fun and rewarding experience!

tiger mountain cast

All photos and text courtesy of Juehao (Julie) Wu.

Karuta Night Brings Japanese Students Together


The Japanese Culture Club together with REALC's Japanese language program organized the last cultural event of the academic year: Karuta Night! Karuta is a traditional Japanese card game played with "yomifuda" (reading cards) and "torifuda" (grabbing cards). Students had the opportunity to make their own cards and play the game together. Nearly fifty students enjoyed Japanese snacks and practiced their language skills while they played. Many thanks to the Japanese Culture Club for another fun and successful event!


REALC's Korean Studies Program Presents Emory's 2nd Annual Korea Week

Korea Week intro

Cha lecture

culture fair

Lee lecture

Korean culture night

Korean culture night flier

March, 2014

Emory Students Receive Top Awards at Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese speech contest

(Left to right: Akanksha Samal, Yi Lin, Yuan Jin, Julie Shen, Christian Sayre, Junzhe Yu)

Emory University was proud to host the 23rd annual Japanes Language Speech Contest, a regional event sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan, the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese, and the Japanese Chamber of Congress. Emory Japanese students competed in a number of categories and received the following awards:

Catagory 1 (3-minute speech)

1st prize: Yi Lin

3rd prize: Akanksha Samal

Catagory 2 (5-minute speech)

1st prize: Julie Shen

2nd prize: Sherry (Yuan) Jin

3rd prize: Junzhe (David) Yu

Contratulations to all of our Japanese students who participated in this event!

February, 2014

REES Faculty Discuss the Controversies Surrounding the Sochi Winter Games

Sochi roundtable

On February 5, 2014, several members of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian faculty hosted "The Olympic Games in Sochi: Behind the Hype," a roundtable discussion timed to coincide with the highly anticipated Winter Games in Russia. Media coverage leading up to the games was hardly celebratory in nature, however, focusing instead on Russia's controversial anti-gay laws, problems with journalists' housing in Sochi, and the looming threat of terrorism. It was this last point that prompted much of the discussion. Associate Professor of History Matt Payne led the roundtable, offering a brief history of Caucasian terrorism and Circassian genocide. Drs. Juliette Apkarian, Vera Proskurina, Oleg Proskurin (all from REALC), and Hubert Tworzecki (POLS) joined in the lively discussion.


REALC Presents Its 3rd Annual Silk Road Cafe


In honor of Emory College's annual Love Your Majors Week, REALC hosted another installment of Silk Road Cafe, an event featuring the culture and food of its diverse global areas. Chinese Tea

Students were invited to sample delicious treats from China, Japan, Korea, and Russia, including Korean plum tea and Russian poppyseed cake. In addition to the many gastronomic delights, each program offered students a chance to experience cultural activites associated with REALC's majors and minors: The Chinese program demonstrated a tea ceremony, the Korean program displayed traditional clothing and games, the East Asian Studies Program set up a calligraphy table, and the Japanese program offered origami lessons. Silk Road Cafe has become an annual tradition for REALC, and our students and faculty will look forward to next year's event!

Russian reading

Top: Mika Yamaguchi demonstrates the art of origami. Right: Na Zhang prepares Chinese tea. Above: Russian students read poetry

October, 2013

Japanese Culture Club Hosts Sushi Night

sushi chef

On Monday October 28, the Japanese program and the Japanese Culture Club (JCC) held a joint event in Emory's Few Hall. Approximately 70 students participated in "Sushi Night," where they learned Japanese table manners as well as a brief history of Japanese sushi. The students welcomed local sushi chef Mr. Noguchi, who demonstrated the step-by-step process for making California rolls. Guided by the leaders of the JCC, the participants made their own California rolls, many of which were quite beautiful! Students enjoyed creating their rolls as much as they enjoyed eating them, and many snapped photos of with Chef Noguchi to commemorate the evening. This event was co-sponsored by the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures department (REALC) and the Emory College Language Center (ECLC).  


Students Demonstrate their Language Skills at Haiku Workshop

haiku class

Students in their fourth year of Japanese language studies organized a haiku workshop for their classmates in Japanese 201 and 301. They presented a brief introduction of its history, format, and famous poets before breaking into groups to create original works. The advanced students coached the participants in vocabulary and thematic content, and a winner was chosen at the end of the day. Kohta Fujhashi and Kotomi Noguchi (above) instruct the group in the techniques of haiku. Pictured below on the left, Pudi Wang displays the winning haiku. In English translation it reads, "Seasonal Allergy, when the wind blows, I want to cry."


(Left to right: Pudi Wang, Xin Song, Haja Kwon)

September, 2013

Students Share Japanese Internship Experiences


Above: Feng Shen enjoying her internship at KPMG

At an event titled "Summer Internship Stories,"  students related their experiences from internships at the Atlanta JETRO office, the Japanese division of KPMG in Atlanta, and Benefit One in Tokyo. Student summaries of their presentations are below.

Jonguk Lim, JETRO

After my sophomore year, I worked at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) for two months. Although I"m a political science and mathematics major, Japanese has always been a subject that I have enjoyed learning, and this summer internship opportunity was a great union of those three academic pursuits. JETRO is a government-related organization that is involved in trade promotion for Japanese exports and foreign direct investments in Japan. I was responsible for a variety of tasks, which included, but were not limited to, spreadsheet data management, economic and political research, business reporting, and administrative tasks.  From this internship, I believe I developed a better work ethic and a further understanding of the Japanese business culture. I was also given an opportunity to attend a business seminar and accompany others to several events. The employees at JETRO Atlanta were the most kind and wonderful people I've ever worked with and they were endless in their patience and diligence to help me do my best as an intern.

Feng Shen, KPMG

This summer, I had an internship with Japanese Tax Practice at the KPMG Atlanta office. The duration of the internship was 8 weeks. During the first week of my internship, I traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend National Internship, where they trained all the interns to use office technologies and tools. From week 2, I stayed at KPMG office and helped the Senior Associate and Manager to create this year's tax returns, quarterly estimates, and provision work papers. After each engagement, I had an engagement review with the Senior Associate and Manager, at which time I was given feedback of my performance. Everyone at the office was very kind and helpful. From this internship, I was able to expand my social network by interacting with Managers and Partners, to gain a better understanding of KPMG and its culture and to explore a career as a Tax Professional.

James Lunde, Benefit One

Over the course of the summer of 2013, through Pasona's International Exchange program, I interned for two months at the Japanese company Benefit One.  This program was truly the ideal situation for me since it not only gave me an opportunity to work in a Japanese company and learn about Japanese business practices, but also piqued my interest in a possible career path in web development and design.  Some activities involved in the internship included locating problems on their English website and providing ways of rectifying them, consulting them on what kind of direction that the website should be headed based on current trends of web development, coming up with a new services for the company, and, with my bilingual skills, translating documents into English. 

On top of providing me with an opportunity to experience business in Japan, this program was the complete package in the sense that Pasona provided all the resources necessary to experience the vast wealth of culture that Tokyo has to provide.  First, they provided both the plane ticket to Japan and housing.  I lived in a monthly mansion near the Ikebukuro and was able to immerse myself in the culture of Japan.  Over the course of two months, I explored the different areas of Tokyo and discovered what makes each area unique and interesting.  I truly recommend this program to anyone who is planning on working in Japan or wants to use his or her Japanese language skills for their career. 

August 2013

A Letter from Interim Chair, Cheryl Crowley

The new academic year brings a change to REALC: department chair Dr. Juliette Stapanian-Apkarian is taking leave to devote herself full-time to research, and I'll be in the chair position for a year. As we get ready to start what I hope will be a great year, I'd like to say hello to everyone, and thank you to Dr. Stapanian-Apkarian for her wise guidance and leadership.

The coming year promises to be filled with hard work and great reward. It is an honor to serve as chair in a department full of so many talented and dedicated people, and to work with so many bright, promising students. The specializations of our faculty are diverse and address languages and cultures that stretch halfway across the world. Still, the remarkable spirit of cooperation and shared purpose that we bring to our work means that the department has been able to grow and to thrive over the many years that we have been together. I look forward to a year in which we continue to benefit from the creative energy that all of our members bring to research, teaching, and service to the community.    

We can't predict what the year will bring. We can expect that Russia will be in the media spotlight because of the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, and that the rapid pace of economic and social change in East Asia will continue to present many challenges and opportunities. We can be certain of one thing, though: the skills and knowledge that we teach in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures will be more important than ever in preparing our students to understand the world, the world that they soon will inherit. It is a great privilege to be part of that process as a member of the REALC community.


Cheryl Crowley

Interim Chair, REALC and Director of the East Asian Studies Program

A Letter from Outgoing Chair, Juliette Apkarian

Dear Friends,

To navigate an intricate and dynamic world successfully, understanding of diverse perspectives is critical.   Focusing on the languages/cultures/societies of East Asia and East Europe, REALC and its affiliated programs explore global complexities through innovative, cross-disciplinary study. Among initiatives this past year, we contributed to path-breaking scholarship, cohosted a stellar international conference in Japanese Studies, launched a special Peer Mentoring program in Chinese Studies, developed a new interdisciplinary minor in Korean Studies, and highlighted the work of distinguished alumni in Russian Studies.  Our courses this year included activities with digital technologies and cyber-culture, and we offered a new freshman seminar that worked with a refugee center in Clarkston.  This year our faculty and students helped to support Emory's inaugural "Korea Week," "China Day" and "China Summit." Other events included a digital Japanese "Extravaganza," a roundtable on "Putin and Pussy Riot," and discussions on topics ranging from traditional culture to contemporary social change.  Our faculty continue to earn major grants and develop distinctive programs for international teaching-fellowships, "open classrooms," and study abroad.  Our marvelous students do important Honors work and volunteer projects, and their achievements are recognized in such arenas as the international Jiangsu Cup Speech Competition, regional Japanese Speech Contest, and Slavic honor society Dobro Slovo

     While our programs have accomplished much through creative teamwork and collaborative partnerships, we also are eager to look ahead.   As we work together, I warmly welcome my colleagues Dr. Cheryl Crowley to the position of Interim Chair of the department, and Dr. Julia Bullock to the position of Chair in the following year.   I am delighted that Dr. Crowley continues too as director of EAS, Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan now assumes the directorship of REEES, and Dr. Rong Cai continues to serve as co-director of Emory's CI.   With immense gratitude to so many for their support and inspiration, I turn excitedly with you toward the future.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Juliette Stapanian Apkarian

Outgoing Chair, Dept. of Russian & East Asian Languages & Cultures (REALC) 

New REALC Appointments Announced

Cheryl Crowley, Assoicate Professor of Japanese and Director of the East Asian Studies Program, has been named the new Interim Chair of REALC. Her appointment will span the Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 academic year. Julia Bullock will begin a three-year appointment as Departmental Chair beginning in the Fall of 2014. Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Culture Elena Glazov-Corrigan was appointed Director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program this month as well. Finally, Senior Lecturer in Chinese language Yu Li has been named REALC's Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). We look forward to an exciting new year under their leadership, and extend warm congratulations to all!

April, 2013

Student Slavic Club Awarded Charter

Slavic Club

Effective Friday, April 26, 2013, The Emory Student Slavic Club was officially granted a Recommended for Funding charter. This means that the club will now be eligible for money through the Student Activities Fund, and will retain all of the benefits associated with officially recognized Emory student organizations. As part of the chartering process, rising senior Leonid Yermakov and his cohorts in the club organized numerous speakers, round table discussions, performances, and the Russian bliny fundraiser pictured above. Congratulations to the members of the Student Slavic Club for their dedication, passion, and persistence! The Department of REALC will look forward to what you have in store in the coming years!

Japanese Language Students Screen Digital Storytelling Projects


Students of Intermediate Japanese II and Advanced Japanese II unveiled their final class projects at "Extravaganza," the first annual screening and awards ceremony for Japanese digital storytelling. The intermediate-level students created short videos highlighting the differences between their native cultures and that of Japan, while the advanced projects were autobiographical in content. The Intermediate finalists were Cheng Yue, Jiang Xinyi, Nie Jiayi, Sun Shine, Wang Sijia, and Denton Williams. In the advanced class, the finalists were Chae Dong Wook, Chen Yun-Fu, Huang Yeu-Ann, Meng Fanlong, Noguchi Kotomi, and Alexa VanDemark. Students had the opportunity to view and discuss one another's work, and to enjoy a delicious sushi dinner!


Intermediate Japanese II winners:

1st Place - Wang Sijia

2nd Place - Nie Jiayi (Click here for a link to the video)

3rd Place - Sun Shine

Advanced Japanese II winners:

1st Place - Huang Yeu-Ann

2nd Place - Meng Fanlong

3rd Place - Alexa VanDemark

Congratulations to all of our talented students!

May, 2013

Japanese Language Program Launches New Student Website

Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language Noriko Takeda announced the creation of a new website designed to showcase student work at all levels of Japanese language instruction. Rising senior James Lunde was instrumental in the site's creation, and will act as the webmaster throughout the 2013/2014 academic year. The site was organized by REALC's Japanese faculty with the aim of providing current and prospective students with examples of recent assignments and projects, and to honor some of the program's most accomplished students. This project was made possible in part by Masse-Martin funds secured by Noriko Takeda. CLICK HERE to visit the site. 

Emory Students Receive Multiple Awards at Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese Speech contest

The 2013 Japanese Speech contest took place at Georgia State University on the 30th of March, and Emory students had a strong showing in multiple divisions. Pictured above (top to bottom, left to right) are the participants from Emory: Shumei Zhang, Feng Shen (as a moderator of Japan Academic Challenge), James Patterson, Calvin Tong, Alex Ankar, Junguk Lim, Alexa VanDemark, Yue Cheng, Shine Sun, Jiayi Nie. In the Recitation Division, Yue Chang received the first place award and Alexa VanDemark received the third place award. Jiayi Nie took home the second place award and Sun Shine received the third place award in the Open Division. Congratulations to our Japanese students and faculty; your hard work and dedication paid off once again!

Students Organize Ikebana Class

Perez sisters

Above: Catherine and Romana Perez show off their work. Photo courtesy of Yeu-Ann Huang.

East Asian Studies major Yeu-Ann Huang, and her sister, JET alumna Yeu Li Huang, organized a unique learning experience for Emory students and faculty. Known as ikebana, the practice of creating subtle and harmonious floral compositions originated in 15th-century Buddhist temples. Donna Scott of the Atlanta chapter of Ichiyo Ikebana International led a one-time class at Emory's Dobbs University Center on Saturday, March 23. Participants were instructed in the art of ikebana, designing their own floral arrangements and taking home the finished products. The event was sponsored by REALC and the JET Alumni Association SE.

February, 2013

Second Annual Silk Road Café

calligraphy student

Love was in the air again this year as students celebrated Valentine's Day week with events designed to promote Emory's diverse and exciting majors. korean candyThe Department of REALC's four global areas were beautifully (and deliciously) represented  at our second annual Silk Road Café. 

Students were invited to sample sweet treats from Russia, sip tea from China and Japan, and create their own hand-decorated Korean candy. The sights and sounds of Russia and East Asia filled the room as students tried their hands at calligraphy, read their favorite Russian poems, and exchanged stories from their travels abroad.  

chinese tea

Above: Senior Yeu-Ann Huang prepares traditional Chinese tea.

Right: Sophomore Anastassia Goidina cooks Korean dalgona, a popular street food made of sugar and baking powder.

January, 2013

Japanese Students Welcome the Year of the Snake

New Year's cards

Left: Katrina Warsham, Center: Jasmine Hensley, Right: Linda Li Yin

In honor of the coming new year, the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese (GATJ) sponsored a New Year's Card (Nengajo) Contest during the Fall 2012 semester. Emory students in their first and second years of Japanese langauge participated and took home a number of awards. Katrina Warsham received the Best Artistic Award, while Linda Yi Lin won the Artistic Award Second Place, and Jasmine Hensley received the Artistic Award Third Place. The winning artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Japanese Consulate during the month of February. Until then, all of the participants' art is on display in the lobby of the Modern Languages building. Congratulations to our talented students!

December, 2012

Chinese Students End the Semester with Digital Tributes to Classic Tales

Students in Hong Li and Na Zhang's Chinese 303 classes wrote and produced short movies in Chinese for their final projects of the semester. Working in groups, the students produced movies based on traditional Chinese legends or popular films including Mulan, The Legend of White Snake, Liangshanbo and Zhuyingdai, Together, and 33 Days of Being Single. Students worked together on all aspects of the project, from production to script writing to digital editing. The experience allowed them to represent and share their knowledge of Chinese language and culture in a digital format.

Exhibiton Celebrates Partnership of Emory Freshmen and Clarkston Refugees


The recently opened exhibition "Clearly Manifesting Luminous Virtue" displays the brush calligraphy of students in a freshman seminar and from Clarkston Community Center's Senior Refugee Program. Despite their differences, the Emory and Clarkston students proved to have much in common: all were newcomers to the Atlanta area and all were devoted to learning. While it was not always possible to communicate with words, students learned to appreciate each other through gestures, smiles, and patient brushwork. The exhibition presents the strikingly expressive art that emerged from these sessions.

With support from Emory's Office of Community Partnerships, the group of 16 freshmen made weekly visits to the students of the Senior Refugee Classes to chat in English and share the pleasure of writing with a brush.

The exhibition's title is a phrase from one of the freshman class's textbooks, The Greater Learning (Chinese, Daxue) one of the most influential works of Chinese ethics. The book explains that students should try fulfill their potential by study and practicing the arts, including calligraphy. By improving themselves, claims the Greater Learning, students are able to support their families. By supporting families, they create community. By creating community, they bring peace to the world.

Students of the freshman seminar East Asian Calligraphy in the Community, taught by associate professor of Japanese Cheryl Crowley, explored the possibilities of putting these abstract ideas into practice. They first learned the basics of the classical Chinese scholarly art of calligraphy, and then joined students from the Clarkston refugee community to collaborate in studying it during weekly visits over a period of two months. The Clarkston students, elders from the Senior Refugee Program taught by Teresa Hatton and Sheilah Bowser, attend English as a Second Language classes at the Center. They come from places as diverse as Bhutan, Somalia, and Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The exhibition is on display from December 7 " 31, 2012 at Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021 (404) 508-1050.

Click here for the exhibition blog!

Additional funding was provided by Emory's East Asian Studies Program and Confucius Institute.

November, 2012

"A Tale of Two Aviatrixes: A Nashville Flight Instructor and a Soviet War Hero."

Lecture by Emory Distinguished Alumna Kim Green, Nov. 29, 2012

Anna Yegorova

Above: Anna Yegorova

Emory REEES alumna Kim Green couldn't believe she was drinking vodka out of a canteen with a Soviet war hero! As a Russian major-turned-flight instructor-turned NPR journalist, Green's life had taken a number of unexpected turns. Sitting at the dinner table with legendary Russian fighter pilot Anna Yegorova, however, Green realized that her numerous and seemingly disparate passions had found an unlikely union in the story of this most remarkable woman. She shared her journey with a packed house in the hopes of relating a few of the amazing experiences made possible by her degree in Russian.

Following the completion of her Russian studies at Emory, Green joked that she did what most people with a Russian degree do; "I took flying lessons!" Although her fascination with all things Russian persisted, it was not until attending a 2002 conference of women pilots that she would discover a way to put her language skills to professional use. Much to her astonishment, she learned that thousands of women pilots fought for the Soviet Air Force during World War II. To make a long story short, a mutual acquaintance introduced her to Anna Yegorova, a fearless, ambitious, and according to Green, "perversely stubborn" Russian woman whose harrowing experiences as a combat pilot needed to be told.

Born in Russia in 1917, Yegorova was truly a child of the Revolution. Her early years were spent in a quiet rural village, but an aptitude for flying led her down a decidedly more adventurous path. Her story culminates during WWII, when she flew in an otherwise all-male combat regiment, piloting the notorious IL-2 (a.k.a. "Black Death") tank-buster attack plane.  She was shot down and taken prisoner in 1944, suffering for months in a P.O.W. camp. Upon her return to Russia she was initially treated as a traitor by her own country, but was later honored as a war hero. Amazingly, her sense of duty and patriotism through it all was unwavering.

Yegorova had written her memoir in Russian, but dreamed of sharing her story with an English-speaking audience. Green¿s calling was clear. Together with a Russian co-translator, she set about the task of publishing Red Sky, Black Death: A Soviet Airwoman¿s Memoir of Revolution, War, and Betrayal. Though admittedly not the most lucrative of pursuits, it remains one of Green¿s proudest and most fulfilling accomplishments. "If we are to take any lesson from her life," Green offered, "it is that extraordinary circumstances produce extraordinary people." Of course, none of this would have been possible were it not for Green's training in Russian language at Emory. "You don't have to be a professor or a scholar for your Russian major to be rewarding," she told the standing-room-only audience. "It has given me the gift of fascination that will stay with me always." This event was part of the REEES Distinguished Alumni Series and was sponsored by REEES, REALC, the Journalism Program, and the Student Slavic Club.

Hong li

Chinese Senior Lecturer Hong Li has been awarded the Grant for Innovative Teaching from the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. The grant will enable her to 1) create a digital iBook for her work titled Fun with Chinese Grammar: 35 Humorous Dialogues and Comics (co-author: Jing Paul; illustrator: Eric Reinders); and 2) produce 35 three-to-five minute videos to be included in the digital publication.
Complete with texts, audio, video, and cartoon drawings, Fun with Chinese Grammar: 35 Humorous Dialogues and Comics is a book of Chinese grammar suitable for teachers and learners of beginning and intermediate Chinese. It presents 35 Chinese grammar patterns in humorous conversations featuring the everyday life of college students. It also provides grammar exercises and communicative activities. The former intends to help reinforce understanding of grammatical structures, and the latter aims to promote learning of grammar in meaningful and interactive ways.

Japanese Program's Haiku & Senryu Poetry Contest

Haiku contest

Students of Japanese 401 took part in Emory University's Japanese Haiku & Senryu Contest on November 29, 2012. Hosted by Dr. Mika Yamaguchi, the event was a great success for all participants.Haiku and senryu are very short forms of poetry, written in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. On the surface, their structures seem the same, but haiku usually contains a word that symbolizes the season of the poem, while senryu deals with human nature in humorous way.

After students studied original haiku by famous poets such as Basho and Issa in class, they tried their hands at composing their own haiku and senryu. Students" poems were reviewed by 14 judges, including Consul Toshinori Matsuda of the Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Kazuyoshi Domoto, the executive director of the Japan-America Society of Georgia, Japanese teachers in the Atlanta area, and faculty members of Emory University.

There were two Awards for Excellence; these went to Alexander Ankar and Hyewon Yoon respectively. Calvin Lee received the Award for Best Depiction of Scenery, Rena Ow received the Award for Best Expression of Seasonal Awareness, and April Johnson received the Award for Outstanding Effort. Students in other Japanese language classes also took part in the contest and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the beautifully poetic haiku and humorous senryu presented by their peers.

Japanese Student Awarded Bridging Scholarship

Carolyn Rose Whittingham, who is currently pursuing a Japanese and Anthropology double major, was awarded the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) Bridging Scholarship for study abroad in Japan. A highly competitive award, the Bridging Scholarship is offered to undergraduates to assist with travel and living expenses incurred during a semester or year of study in Japan. Congratulations Carolyn!

11/07 - REALC Students Awarded at Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest


Above: Austin Andrew Fitzpatrick competes in Intermediate-Advanced level. Photo courtesy of Sun Xiaojing.

Emory University was proud to host the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest this year, and REALC students were among those to receive top prizes. Sponsored by the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center, Nanjing University, and the Confucius Institute in Atlanta, as well as numerous Emory departments and student organizations, the contest drew students from four local universities and an audience of well over 250 guests. Contestants competed for scholarships and trips in Intermediate through Heritage language categories, presenting original speeches and answering questions in Chinese. Of the fourteen prizes awarded, twelve went to Emory students, two of whom are Business/Chinese majors. Nicole Linderman won the Silver Award in the Intermediate-Advanced category, and Ji Yun Won received the Bronze Award in the same category. The complete list of winners is as follows:


Silver: Abigail Holst

Silver: Hyun Jin Kim

Bronze: Chris Harper (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Bronze: Teran Heir


Silver: Nicole Linderman

Silver: Thanh Thuy

Bronze: Ji Yun Won

Bronze: Austin Andrew Fitzpatrick


Gold: Hyeok Hweon Kang

Bronze: Jennifer Boudreau (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Bronze: Laura Lachman


Gold: David Wu

Bronze: Ruya Zhao

Bronze: Zhilin Zheng

Congratulations to all of the contestants and award-winners on a job well done!

Korean Students Prepare Traditional Street Food

Korean street food

Students in Hakyoon Lee's Korean 201 class had the opportunity to create and sample some traditional Korean fare right here on Emory's main campus. As is the case in many Asian cultures, street food, or bunsik in Korea, is very popular with the locals. In order to experience it for themselves, Korean students chose to prepare fish cake soup and spicy rice cakes known as ddukbboki. Students divided the roles, cooked together, and shared one another's dishes. Dr. Lee explained the significance of the event for her class. "It was a meaningful cultural event, allowing students to practice Korean by completing a task, and at the same time exploring Korean food and culture. Events like this also help students build a Korean community by instilling a feeling of belonging within the group." It was a fun and delicious way to welcome in the fall weather! The event was made possible by the TPL fund.

Korean Lecturer Dr. Bumyong Choi received an ACTFL Robert Ludwig Scholarship, a competitive award given to foreign language instructors in order to offset travel expenses associated with the upcoming ACTFL Annual Convention.

October 22, 2012

"Visual Perspecties on Russian Classics: Cutting and Editing in Nikolai Gogol's Marraige"

Lecture by Coca-Cola Chair of Visual Studies at the European University in St. Petersburg, Dr. Natalia Mazur


Published in 1842 after nine years of work, Nikolai Gogol's "The Marriage" is one of his most obscure and possibly least understood works. Characterized by his contemporaries as a droll satire on the institution of marriage, the play has received modern critical recognition as a far more complex social commentary. Dr. Natalia Mazur offered an inspired interpretation of one particular passage in which the main character, Agafya Tikhonova, must choose between four would-be husbands. Agafya muses that she would like to combine the best features of each man into one, thereby easing her choice.  Mazur identifies this proposed assemblage of parts as a topos of ancient origin, which was at the same time a reference to the popular study of physiognomy.

The topos of the creation of an ideal out of the best features of a number of subjects dates most famously to the Greek tale of Zeuxis, who selected the most beautiful physical characteristics of several different models for his image of Helen of Troy. Mazur demonstrated a number of recurrences of this theme in art and literature, ending with a poignant example of Dziga Vertov's instructions to his Kino-Glaz group to create a "new man" through the filmic technique of montage. Gogol not only participates in this tradition, he does so in reference to Johann Caspar Lavater's well-known book, Physiognomy, in which human bodily features are presented as having a direct correlation to individual personality traits. Thus, according to Lavater's reasoning, a person's character can be known by his or her outward appearance. Agafya's desire to cut and paste together the most ideal features of her suitors can therefore be viewed as a continuation of Zeuxis' harmonious union and as a satirical reinterpretation of Lavater's work.

September 24, 2012

"The Buddhist Revival in Siberia and Mongolia Since the End of the Cold War."

Lecture by Assistant Professor of History at Wichita State University, Dr. Helen Hundley

Chojin monastery

Above: Chojin Lama Monastery in Ulan-Bator. Photo courtesy of Helen Hundley

Dr. Helen Hundely of Wichita State University kicked off REEES' fall semester programing in a colorful fashion, as she presented her ongoing work documenting the Buddhist revival in Siberia and Mongolia. A leading expert in Siberia studies, Dr. Hundley treated the audience to a collection of photos of revitalized Buddhist monasteries gathered from her numerous excursions throughout Inter-Asia.  Just as Russian Orthodoxy is currently experiencing an upsurge in popularity in much of western Russia, Buddhism is reemerging as the dominant religion in post-Soviet Buryat and Mongolian regions.

According to an 1897 Russian census, 91% of all Buryat men were Buddhist, a statistic that speaks to a long history of Mongolian missionary activity in the area. The religious purges under Stalin proved devastating to Buddhist practitioners, however, as tens of thousands of Lamas were killed and their monasteries destroyed. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, an urgent campaign to rebuild the sacred spaces of Buddhism is now underway.  Hundley's photographs of brightly painted monasteries from Tuva to Kharakorum, stupas dotting the Mongolian landscape, monuments of faith along the roadsides, and even solar-powered dashboard prayer wheels all testify to the success of these efforts. "Buddhism is rolling," Hundley exclaimed! "It is as much a part of the new Russia and Mongolia as are the skyscrapers popping up everywhere you turn." 

This event was sponsored by REEES, REALC, EAS, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Religion, and the Hershey Fund for Buddhist Studies.

September, 2012

Emory Students Pariticipate in JapanFest


Left to right: Noriko Takeda, Rose Chen, Julie Shen, Josephine Duan

On Saturday, September 15, four Emory undergrads participated as workshop presenters in JapanFest at the Gwinnett Convention Center. JapanFest is the largest event for the Japanese community in Atlanta, attracting more than 16,000 people annually. Yuewen Rose Chen, Josephine Duan, and Julie Feng Shen presented a workshop titled "Let's Learn Japanese Sustainability!" in which they discussed ecologically conscious lifestyle choices in Japanese culture. Julie Shen explains, "My presentation was about Japanese mottainai (wasteful) culture. I discussed how Japanese people make efforts in their daily lives to save energy and reduce waste. Through various mottainai campaigns and projects throughout the world, the language and sprit have become universal. My goal was to share an ecologically safe way of life and motivate the audience to follow by showing how these behaviors can positively impact our economy and society." In a different workshop organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese titled "Living in Japan," Japanese major Andres Oliver spoke about his study abroad experience at the Kyoto Center of Japanese Studies, and related the ways in which living in Kyoto has deepened his understanding of Japanese culture.

Summer 2012

Korean History Paper Earns Student Multiple Awards

Kang photo

History and Music double major Hyeok Hweon Kang has received a good deal of well-deserved recognition for his fall 2011 paper, "Big Heads and Buddhist Demons: The Korean Military Revolution and the Northern Expeditions of 1654-1658." A student with a strong background in East Asian studies, Kang wrote the paper for Associate Professor of History Tonio Andrade's "The Middle Kingdom: 1500 - Present" course. He explains, "Under the guidance of historian Dr. Tonio Andrade, I have developed a particular interest in East Asian military modernization during the early modern era (1500-1800), particularly in the way Korea adopted firearms and reformed its military during the seventeenth century. I"ve found that the Choson dynasty of Korea (1392-1897) evolved into an active 'gunpowder kingdom' by employing musketeers, producing military manuals, and manufacturing firearms." Kang's paper won the Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award for 2012, and received the Clio Prize for Best Research Paper in Junior/Senior Colloquium. Perhaps even more exciting is that, in addition to having been published in Emory Endeavors in History: Transnational Encounters in Asia, v. 4 (CreateSpace, 2012), a revised draft of his paper is currently under review for publication in the Journal of Chinese Military History. Kang has additionally co-authored an essay with Dr. Andrade titled, "A Korean Military Revolution: Parallel Military Innovations in East Asia and Europe," which is under review in the Journal of World History.

In order to continue his research over the summer, Kang is studying as a visiting student fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University. "Kyujanggak was historically a royal library of the Choson dynasty and contains kilometers of archival materials that are of interest to me," explains Kang. "I have been reading seventeenth-century military manuals and state records about military reforms. I was also fortunate to attend a summer workshop for graduate students at Kyujanggak where I met scholars from all over the world!"

The Department of REALC and the East Asian Studies program would like to extend our most heartfelt congratulations to Kang for his excellent work!

REALC Students Take Advantage of the Summer Break to Explore Learning Opportunities in the US and Abroad

Alissa Tabarian

Many of our students are spending their summer vacations working or studying in areas relating to their REALC majors or language studies. The following are a few of the stories the students shared with us. We wish them all great success in all of their endeavors, and will look forward to seeing them back in the fall!

Tianjiao Chu (Anthropology and Human Biology /East Asian Studies ):

"I just recently returned from studying abroad in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. It was a truly amazing experience and has changed my outlook on where I think I want to be after graduation this spring (to maybe return to Japan through an English teaching program like JET). I'm spending the rest of this summer staying in touch with my Japanese friends that I've made over the course of the program and continuing to practice my Japanese."

Yunjing Li (International Studies):

"My name is Yunjing Li and I took Japan 201 and 202 at Emory. This summer I am studying Japanese with the Hokkaido International Foundation Program in the city of Hakodate. I learned about this program from CIPA. I have been here for a month now and I will stay here for one more month to complete the program. I am enjoying this intensive language program because I can both improve my Japanese rapidly and immerse myslef in the Japanese culture. In school, there is a rule called "Japanese Only Rule" which prohibits English or any other languages from being spoken. I have improved my proficiency easily because I have only spoken Japanese in school. I have found a lot of similarities between the class here and the class taught by Ms. Nakanishi at Emory. I am now staying with a host family, who are the nicest people in the world. I have adjusted myself to this Japanese lifestyle quickly. After class, there are cultural classes, volunteering opportunities, and interaction with local students and residents."

Carrie Stachura (Chinese/East Asian Studies):

"I am currently in Beijing, touring. I studied in Shanghai and Qingdao at the beginning of this summer. I will be staying in Seoul in order to extend my Chinese visa. Then I will be staying in Tokyo visiting a friend, and we are planning on going to Kyoto as well. So far, I have been to Nanjing, Huangshan, Hangzhou, and Zhouzhuang this summer as well. I am planning on also going to Suzhou, but I don't know how that will work out."

Alissa Tabirian (REEES/Spanish):

"I am currently in Washington DC working at the Armenian Embassy through the Armenian Assembly of America Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program. I was placed in the Embassy of Armenia to work with Ambasador Markarian, and more specifically reporting to Counselor Andranik Hovhannisyan. The job is interesting " I"ve been doing some research and putting together South Caucasus reports, editing English-language speeches and written statements from the ambassador, and writing press releases for the Assembly. I have also attended some fascinating events such as the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Richard Morningstar as an ambassador to Azerbaijan, and more recently a conference on Turkey with John McCain as the opening speaker."

Pictured above: Alissa Tabarian (third from the left) with the Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program

Scholarships and Awards for Summer Study

Congratulations to our many student award recipients:

History/Political Science major Lauren Webb was awarded a Boren scholarship to study Japanese at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka.

Japanese minor Courtney Wade and sophomore Elyse Lim were recipients of the Freeman-ASIA scholarship. They will study in Japan and South Korea respectively.

The impressive list of Emory Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship winners includes the following REALC students:

  • Jenny Gao (BUS/EAS)
  • Aaron Lee (COMPSCI/JPN)
  • James Patterson (BIOL/JPN)

May, 2012

Director of the East Asian Studies Program and Associate Professor of Japanese Cheryl Crowley has been named the interim director of the Emory Writing Center, a position she will hold during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. The center is staffed by a team of undergraduate and graduate students who offer free assistance to their peers as they work to improve the writing skills of Emory's student body. Congratulations Cheryl!

Japanese 102 Students Create Digital Kami-shibai

Students in Yumiko Nishi's, Kaori Harada's, and Aya McDaniel's Japanese 102 classes had the opportunity to participate in one of the oldest pictorial narrative traditions in Japan, but with a very modern twist. In February of 2012, Jumonji University professor Dr. Shoko Azuma spoke at Emory about the Japanese artistic tradition of kami-shibai, a type of performance in which storytellers conveyed a dramatic narrative through a succession of images displayed on a board. In the spirit of this tradition, students were encouraged to create their own digital kami-shibai, giving a 21st-century update to the art form while honing their Japanese language skills.

Japanese 202 Students Become Digital Tour Guides

In keeping with the Emory College Language Center's mission to integrate language pedagogy and technology, students in Aya McDaniel's JPN 202 class created digital tours of Atlanta. Digital stories such as these are a fun and creative way for students to increase their vocabularies while strengthening existing grammar skills. "Not only did students feel a sense of accomplishment after having completed their projects," Aya explained, "this is also a great way to preserve their work." Constructive uses of technology in the classroom such as this and the East Asian Culture Kaleidoscope (see below) continue to keep REALC's language programs at the forefront of academic innovation. CLICK HERE to view the JPN 202 student projects.

REALC Language Students Collaborate and Compete in Innovative Classroom Project


In an unprecedented effort to introduce multi-cultural content to their introductory language classes, REALC faculty joined forces to present a project they dubbed the East Asian Culture Kaleidoscope. Yu Li, Yumiko Nishi, and Bumyong Choi spearheaded the effort, assigning collaborative digital stories as the final project for their first-year Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classes respectively. More than 200 students from all three language groups worked together to prepare brief video narratives on specific cultural topics, the most successful of which were presented at a screening event on the final day of the spring semester. Winners were selected by their peers, and an awards ceremony complete with food from all three cultural areas followed the screenings. First-year language instructors Aya McDaniel, Kaori Harada, Xin Chen, Xiaoqin Lin, and Hakyoon Lee assisted in coordinating the student projects, and the final event was sponsored by REALC, EASP, Confucius Institute, and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

April, 2012

Yu Li

Chinese Lecturer Yu Li has been appointed DUS of Linguistics for the Fall, 2012 semester.

Yu Li earned an MA in Linguistics at PKU and a PhD in Linguistics from UNC Chapel Hill before joining Emory's Chinese faculty in 2007. In addition to language instruction, she regularly offers courses in linguistics such as "Sounds of Human Language" and "Chinese Writing Systems in Asia." Her appointment as DUS will doubtless strengthen the fruitful relationship between REALC and the Program in Linguistics. Congratulations, Yu Li!

REALC, EAS, and Religious Studies Students Stage Revolutionary Opera

Taking Tiger Mountain

Students in Dr. Eric Reinders and Dr. Hong Li's CHN/EAS/REL 388: The Cultural Revolution presented, "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy," a revolutionary opera of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The performance took place Thursday, April 26 in White Hall 208. Click here to watch the performance.

Photo courtesy of Cen Lan

KCJS Scholarship Recipient Announced

Aaron Lee was awarded the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies scholarship. The award will be applied toward his studies abroad in Kyoto. Congratulations on a job well done, Aaron!

March, 2012

New Chinese Position Filled

Maria Sibau

After an exhaustive search, Dr. Maria Sibau of Seton Hall University has accepted REALC's Assistant Professor of Chinese position! Sibau is a scholar of traditional Chinese literature and culture, with a particular interest in seventeenth-century vernacular fiction. She earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Venice University, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from UCLA, and a PhD in traditional Chinese literature from Harvard. Her dissertation, "Reading for the Moral: Exemplarity and Heroism in Xingshi yan and the 'Fiction of Moral Duty,'" is a study of the ways in which traditional moral virtues such as filial piety, loyalty, and chastity are represented in short story collections from the mid-seventeenth century. At Seaton Hall she offered courses in traditional and late imperial Chinese civilization, advanced Classical Chinese language, and research methodology for Asian Studies. At Emory, Sibau looks forward to teaching courses on specific genres and topics in Ming and Qing literature and culture, and to interdisciplinary work within as well as outside of the Department of REALC. She will be teaching CHN 272: Literature in Early and Imperial China in the fall. We are very excited to welcome her to Emory!

"Reflections on the 2011 - 2012 Elections in Russia"

Lecture by Havighurst Postdoctoral Fellow at Miami University and REEES Distintuished Alumnus, Dr. John Reuter, March 9, 2012


Dr. John Reuter timed his lecture at Emory to coincide with the contentious - but by all accounts predictable - Russian presidential elections of March 4, 2012. Having been awarded the Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize for his work in the areas of historical political science and political history of Russia and the Soviet Union, Reuter's insights into the political drama abruptly unfolding in Russia were particularly insightful. What had thrust Russian politics back into the global consciousness was the sudden and largely unexpected explosion of protests following the State Duma elections of December, 2011 - the largest mass protest activity in the country since the fall of the Soviet Union. Allegations of voter fraud and intimidation were rampant leading up to Vladimir Putin's victory, and protests were ongoing at the time of Reuter's talk, albeit lessening in strength. The question at hand was two-fold: What had caused the United Russia party to lose so much of its seemingly unlimited popularity, and why was there such shock over the result of an election that everyone already knew was rigged?

Reuter proposed four pillars of regime stability: economic performance, intrinsic popularity, repression, and elite unity. Reuter described the fourth of these as, "the least sexy but perhaps the most important...a coalition of powerful elites who had proven successful at mobilizing the people." A slow decline in economic approval and the loss of some middle class support certainly contributed to United Russia's decreasing popularity, but it seems that the tactics used to combat this trend backfired. Surveys conducted by Reuter and his colleagues at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow reveal that 15% of the Russian electorate believed that their jobs were likely to be effected by their vote. Outrage over this type of voter intimidation, as well as ballot box stuffing, were the proximate catalysts for the protests.

Despite the best efforts of the Russian protestors, Putin secured a relatively easy victory in the presidential elections, to the surprise of no one. Reuter maintains, however, that the future of United Russia may be less certain. "Repression is costly in an environment where information is cheap," he explains, citing the widespread use of social media and the Internet as mechanisms of public mobilization in Russia. Simply put, authoritarian regimes cannot continue to flourish in the Internet age.

This event was sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian program as part of its Brown Bag Friday lecture series.

Japanese Lecturer Accepts Job at University of Iowa

Dr. Yumiko Nishi, Lecturer in Japanese Language and Linguistics at Emory since 2008, has accepted an exciting new job at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Professor of Japanese Linguistics.  There she will have the opportunity to teach courses in Japanese linguistics, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy, and to further her own research in those areas. She will additionally serve as the coordinator of the Japanese language program, overseeing curriculum development and outcomes assessment. The move from Atlanta to the rural community of Iowa City is something she takes in stride. "I am looking forward to doing research with undergraduate and graduate students, exploring the local farmers markets, and expanding my repertoire of corn dishes," she laughs. She adds, however, that she will very much miss  her beautiful office,  the talented people in our Language Center, and her many students and colleagues. The feeling is, of course, mutual. Yumiko will be missed for her unwavering dedication to her students and for her commitment to excellence within the Japanese language program at Emory. Most of all, however, she will be missed for her generosity, endless good humor, and infections smile! Our loss is definitely Iowa's gain. We wish her the best of luck in her new home and much success in her career! Congratulations, Yumi!

Emory Students Receive Multiple Awards at Japanese Speech Contest

Sijia WangOn Saturday, March 24, nine of Emory's Japanese language students competed in the 21st Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at Georgia Perimeter College. Students from throughout Georgia and South Carolina competed in two divisions:
The Ansho Division " students recited a published literary work in three minutes or less.
The Benron Division " students presented original written work in four minutes or less.

Representing Emory in the Ansho Division were:
Yeu-Ann Huang
Minji Kim
Yunjing Li
So Bae Park
James Patterson
Yuchen Ren
Sijia Wang

Representing Emory in the highly challenging Benron Division were:
Seungmin Lee
Jonguk Lim

All of our students gave excellent performances, and three were honored with awards!

Yeu-Ann Huang won 2nd place in the Ansho Division; Sijia Wang won 3rd place in the Ansho Division; and Yuchen Ren received the Ganbatta award.

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done!

Japanese students

Top: Sijia Wang, Bottom: Emory Japanese students at the Japanese Speech Contest

Emory Alum Featured on Russian Television

Nicolas Akavi, a 2011 Emory University graduate, was recently featured on RT, a 24-hour Russian television news station. He hopes that by viewing this video,  students will be inspired to work and study in Russia. In a letter to Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan and Dr. Vera Proskurina he wrote:

"I would like this to be an encouragemnt that Emory Russian students can and should move to Russia to work, whether they are confident in their Russian or not, whether they are native or not...There is a big shortage of skilled business professionals/finance people, lawyers, etc., so finding a well-paying job is quite easy, and can even be arranged prior to graduating. My first two months here were very challenging, but I always felt the presence of Maria Olegovna watching and helping me through it all. I've felt her spirit here more strongly than ever, and wish so badly that I could thank her for her kind encouragement and help, because if it wasn't for her, I would not be here fulfilling my dream."

Nicolas will happily offer advice to anyone considering a move to Russia. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan or Dr. Vera Proskurina for his information.

The Winners of the 2012 Russian Study Abroad Scholarship Have Been Announced!

Congratulations to:

Yaasha Hasan

Alina Malinauskaite

Camile Rogers

Emily Rosenberg

This award will help offset the expenses of Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan's Summer Abroad in St. Petersburg program. Great job everyone!

February, 2012

Professor Mikhail Epstein Appointed to 3-Year Position at Durham University

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature, Dr. Mikhail Epstein, has accepted an appointment to direct the newly formed Center for Humanities Innovation at Durham University in the U.K. The goal of the center is to develop highly creative new branches of the humanities that are capable of engaging with the rapidly changing intellectual climate of the twenty-first century. The Center will focus in particular on the transformative potential of the humanities and their capacity to change the objects of their study. The Center is intended to act as a point of mediation between existing disciplines, seeking to initiate interactions between traditional scholarship and humanistic technologies in ways that will enhance intellectual creativity and foster academic cross-fertilisation. In addition to his work with The Center, Dr. Epstein will hold a chair in Russian and cultural theory at the university. The appointment will begin in October of 2012, and while he will be dearly missed by his students and colleagues, he is confident that his work with the Center will ultimately benefit Emory. He explains, "I believe that my Durham appointment may enrich my research and teaching in ways that will be useful to my department." The Department of REALC wishes him much success in this exciting and challenging endeavor.

New Korean Faculty Position Filled!

Sun-Chul Kim

Thanks to a special grant from Korea Foundation to establish a professorship in Modern Korean Society we will be welcoming Dr. Sun-Chul Kim to Emory as an Assistant Professor.  Sun-chul is a graduate of Columbia University, where he completed his PhD in 2008  under the tutelage of the late Charles Tilly.  He taught in the East Asian Studies program at Barnard College, and joined Emory in Fall of 2011 as our Korea Foundation Visiting Assistant Professor.  A scholar who works at the interface between the humanities and social sciences, he teaches coursework in the areas of Korean politics, history, and sociology.  Sun-Chul has consistently displayed an unwavering dedication to his students and to the development and promotion of Korean studies at Emory.   His highly interdisciplinary work will be invaluable to programming in REALC and East Asian Studies.  His tenure-stream appointment will formally begin Fall 2012.

REALC Encouraged Students to Love Their Majors on Valentine's Day

Calligraphy demo

February 14, 2012: As part of Emory College's first annual "Love Your Majors" week REALC hosted the Silk Road Cafe, an event designed to showcase the best of our four main departmental areas. StudentsKorean prizes were treated to food, poetry, calligraphy, riddles, games, and prizes from China, Japan, Korea, and Russia. Oleg Proskurin delivered a rousing recitiation of Russian poetry, while Bumyong Choi treated students to Korean board games and tea. Cheryl Crowley set up a calligraphy demonstration, allowing many students to experiment with the art form for the first time, while Wan-Li Ho challenged her audience to guess a number of Chinese riddles. The Russian poppy cake, or """"""" """"", was a crowd favorite, and the Chinese bean cakes disappeared without a trace! In the end, students and faculty alike experienced a bit of the cultural treasures of REALC's diverse programs, and a good time was had by all!Poppy cake

Russian-Speaking Tour Director Externship

Go! Productions is organizing an event in Las Vegas March 14 - 16, 2012 for which they need approximately 10 Russian-speaking students to act as tour guides. GO! Productions is an Atlanta company that specializes in Corporate Theatrical events and multi-media services.  This specific conference will be for a major automotive company (name will be released once participants are chosen). Staff will be escorting a group of 180 guests during their stay in Las Vegas. This client group is from Russia and are all associated with the automotive industry. Most are not English-speaking. The primary function of the selected applicants will be to provide translation and direction for the clients. For more information about this PAID externship, please send resume and cover letter to Stephanie Richards.

"The Popular Culture of Modern Japan: Kami-shibai and Tsunami"

Lecture by Jumonji University Professor of Japanese Literature, Dr. Shoko Azuma

Azuma flier

Professor Shoko Azuma addressed a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday, February 28, displaying what she described as "fantastic and beautiful kami-shibai" for the enthusiastic audience. Originating in the 17th century, kami-shibai is an early form of Japanese narrative performance combining dramatic storytelling with colorful imagery. The art form experienced its greatest flourishing in the 1930s, when as many as 30,000 storytellers peddaled through the Tokyo streets with illustrated kami-shibai boards strapped  to their bicycles. These mobile art performances were conceived primarily as educational entertainment for children, relating historical or moral lessons through a series of story boards displayed on small, wooden stages.

Dr. Azuma shared a set of kami-shibai pictures from her personal collection with the audience. They depicted a popular story titled "Fire on the Stacks of Rice," the subject of which was especially poignient given the recent devastation of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011. East Asian Studies Program Director Dr. Cheryl Crowley treated the crowd to a spirited performance of the story, as images of a terrifying tsunami advanced in time with the narrative. Based on the legendary heroism of Hamaguchi Goryo in 1854, the kami-shibai illustrated a tale of self-sacrifice in the face of natural disaster, underscoring the importance of education and preparedness in the event of a tsunami. In that it requires little energy to produce and disseminate, Dr. Azuma maintained that kami-shibai is "the artistic embodiment of the values of sustainability," and should be recognized not only for the enduring appeal of its design, but for its role as a precursor of modern-day animation. This event was sponsored by the Halle Institute for Global Learning, REALC, EASP, Environmental Studies, and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

February 24, 2012

"Why China, Not Russia?: A Question of Emerging Global Economic Power"

Lecture by Georgetown University Professor of Government Harley Balzer

Harley Balzer

"The BRIC is really a BIC," announced Dr. Harley Balzer as he began his presentation. Armed with statistics compiled over much of the past decade, Balzer set out to explain what he called the "mind-boggling reversal" of modernization theory, which would have clearly favored Russia in the global economic race. While it is difficult to argue with the data (China is in far better shape economically than Russia), how things ended up that way is less easy to pinpoint. Balzer shot down a number of popular theories, ultimately focusing  a good deal of the blame on Putin's policies and referring to his time in power as "a lost decade." China, he maintained, has embraced globalization in a way that Russia, espousing a dismissive and rather belligerent attitude toward the benefits of foreign influence, has not. Perhaps the most unfortunate manifestation of this belief is Putin's willingness to abandon Russia's intellectual and creative resources when they challenge his claim to power. This has resulted in a brain drain of near-epic proportions, further isolating Russia from the global community in which China has firmly established itself.

Ultimately, Balzer argued that it was the enthusiastic, and often viscious, competition brought about by a partial opening of China's economy that launched it into the world economic stage. "The key is a partial loss of control," he explained. Russia has either exerted too much or not enough control over its own economy, and has thus not yet achieved its full potential. The good news, Balzer insists, is that the incentive structures and competition currently driving China's markets are options for Russia as well - if only Russia would be willing to learn from China's example.

This event was part of the REEES Brown Bag Lecture Series, and was co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Halle Institute for Global Learning.

February 21, 2012

"Song Byeok: At the Crossroads of Propaganda and Pop Art."

Lecture by North Korean artist Song Byeok

Song Byeok

In conjunction with the Atlanta leg of his traveling art exhibit, "Departure," former North Korean propaganda artist, Song Byeok, lectured in front of a packed house Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Emory University. The previous evening, Song treated a group of Emory students to a private tour of his artwork at the Goat Farm as an accompaniment to his lecture, "Song Byeok: At the Crossroads of Propaganda and Pop Art." Identified at an early age as a talended artist, Song was employed as a state propagandist during the regime of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Governed by rigid stylistic and thematic standards, artists were not recognized as unique or creative individuals as they are in much of the world today. "In North Korea, it was impossible to distinguish one artist from another by looking at his work," Song explained. He escaped to South Korea in 2002 after having witnessed the death of his father, who drowned while attempting to swim across the North Korean border in search of food. The shock of the modern South Korean way of life was overwhelming. Modern Byeok paintingconveniences such as refrigerators, cell phones, and multiple television chanels made Song feel like he had "arrived on another planet." Bombarded by a steady stream of misinformation from birth, the North Korean people find themselves isolated from their South Korean neighbors. "It is unfortunate that although we share a common anscestry and a common language, we remain a devided people," Song observed.

His artwork today is a satirical and often disturbing play on his former propaganda pieces, with Kim Jong Il remaining a favorite subject. The painting that helped cement his new artistic career, an iconic image of Marilyn Monroe with the grinning visage of the Dear Leader, was also his most controversial. "I was afraid I would be assassinated," he laughed! While some of his friends cautioned him against displaying the piece in his exhibit, Song embraced his newfound freedom of expression and proceded with the opening as planned. "I went my own way;" he explained with pride, "that is the artist's way." This event was sponsored by REALC, the East Asian Studies Program, The Center for Ethics and Institute for Human Rights, the Visual Arts Department, and the Korean Undergraduate Student Association.

Above - Song Byeok, photo courtesy of MoonYoung Jung.

Right -  Song Byeok, "Take Off Your Clothes," 2010.

Click here for a video of the lecture, featuring translation by Emory student Se Hwan Youn and Assistant Professor Sun-Chul Kim.

January, 2012

Korean Lecturer Awarded FellowshipBumyong Choi

Korean Language Lecturer, Dr. Bumyong Choi, was awarded this year's ECLC Curriculum Development Fellowship! Dr. Choi joined the Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures in July 2011 and has worked tirelessly to expand the newly founded Korean program. The Curriculum Development Fellowship aims to provide support to foreign language faculty who plan to develop teaching materials, assessment tools, and/or research designs that will benefit foreign language programs at Emory.This prestigious and richly deserved award will permit Dr. Choi to continue his efforts to accommodate the increasingly high demand for Korean language courses at Emory. Congratulations Bumyong!

December, 2011

Professor Mikhail Epstein quoted in Washington Post

Russian Professor Mikhail Epstein was quoted at length in Will Englund's Dec. 12 Washington Post article, "In Russia, Words Then Deeds." Englund examines recent protests in Russia as a manifestation of the introduction (or popularization) of new words into the public lexicon.  Epstein argues that for the first time since Brezhnev, "The linguistic initiative is being taken away from the authorities." An expert in semiotics and linguistics, Epstein has organized the Russian Word of the Year Action since 2007, and this year's choice, """""" (RosPil - the name of a popular Russian blog), is especially pertinent given the current political climate. Click here to read the entire article.

Beinecke Scholarship Program

The application for the Beinecke Scholarship Program is now available. Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences may apply for an award of up to $34,000 towards graduate tuition and expenses. This is a highly competitive award. Successful candidates must have an outstanding GPA, a commitment to the academic project and to graduate school, as well as other indicators of substantive intellectual accomplishment beyond good grades, such as departmental awards or publications. The deadline for applications is Wedneseday, January 25. For more information and the application please visit

December, 2011

Stories in Ink: Chinese Calligraphy Class Exibit

calligraphy exhibit

On December 6, 2011, students from Chinese Lecturer Yu Li's Chinese Art, Culture, and Society through Calligraphy class displayed their final projects. Room 201 of the Modern Languages building was transformed into a temporary art gallery, showcasing student work and written statements from the artists. Throughout the semester, students had the opportunity to learn not only calligraphic techniques, but also the historical and cultural significance of this ancient and greatly revered art form. Calvert

The stated aim of the class was to further the understanding of the Chinese and East Asian people through an inquiry into the aesthetic values, intellectual metaphors, and moral criteria embodied by Chinese calligraphy. As a demonstration of their new skills, students pursuing degrees as vaired as business, biology, Chinese, and international studies created their own works of art - unveiling them at the opening of their "Stories in Ink" exhibit.

(Right - Emily Calvert poses next to her piece titled Far and Near. Below - Yu Li's Chinese Art, Culture, and Society through Calligraphy class, Fall, 2011)

Calligraphy class

November, 2011

Columbia University Libraries Grant Opportunity

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia's special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Area Studies Collections

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2012.  Awards will be made by April 1, 2012 for research at Columbia during the period July 1, 2012 " June 30, 2013.

Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan to present paper

Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Culture, Elena Glazov-Corrigan, will be presenting a paper titled "Child Development: Rewriting the Transition from Semiotic to Symbolic with Boris Pasternak," Wednesday, November 9 at 4:15 in White Hall, 103. This event is organized by the Psychoanalytic Studies Program of the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.

November 10, 2011

"Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in Contemporary Society"

Lecture and painting demonstration by Mr. Zhang Jingyao


Chinese landscape artist Zhang Jingyao treated a standing-room-only crowd to a discussion of art in modern-day China and a demonstration of his watercolor painting technique. Growing up in China during the period of the White Terror, Jingyao was forced to learn about art in secret, visiting his instructor in his home where he could avoid suspicion. Today the art market in China is thriving, but Jingyao cautioned that there is much work yet to be done. "The death of a people begins with the extinction of its culture," he explained. "We must elevate our culture to a new level, or face extinction." Jingyao proceeded to unroll a sheet of rice paper and create a freehand painting of sailboats drifting along a winding, picturesque river. He has never forgotten the words of his instructor who insisted, "In order to learn to paint, one must first master calligraphy." Using a variety of traditional Chinese painting strokes, Jingyao evoked his favorite subject, the Yellow River, which he described as "Chinese culture's essence, energy, and spirit." This event was co-sponsored by Emory University's departments of REALC and Visual Arts, and the East Asian Studies Program.

Photo courtesy of Fu Wei Pang.

October, 2011

"A Wayward Youth's Coming-of-Age and His writing"

Lecture by Mr. Hwang Chunming, October 27, 2011

White Hall, 207

Chunming lecture

Pioneering Taiwanese author Huang Chunming captivated a packed auditorium in Emory's White Hall with tales of his life as a self-confessed "wayward youth." He shared his tumultous journey across Taiwan as he drifted in and out of school, earning money repairing electric fans in brothels and dreaming of becoming a pilot, or even a firefighter! "Problems are homework given by life," he mused, reflecting upon the rocky path that eventually let him to international fame as a leading figure in the Taiwanese nativist literary movement. He credited a chance discovery of a cache of banned books at a local library with shaping his interest in social realism. "Books that were not banned had no interest for me," he joked, citing Chekhov, Pushkin, and Dostoevsky as major influences on his own work as a writer. This event was jointly sponsored by Emory University and Morehouse College, with the additional invaluable assistance of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Ing Shaw/NACWA

Wharton Asia Economic Review - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Wharton Asia Economic Review is seeking submissions for its Fall 2011 issue. WAER is an undergraduate academic journal of the Wharton China Business Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Students who have written papers or theses in the areas of social, economic, political, and international changes and their effects on business and commerce in Asia are encouraged to submit. The deadline for submission is November 18, 2011. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents and citations should be formatted in APA style. Email submissions to

Japanese Study Abroad Information Session

Next Tuesday, October 18th, at 5:30 PM, we will hold a study abroad information session for all Japanese programs in the Modern Languages Building, room 201. CIPA advisors for both summer and semester/year programs will be there to explain the features of the various programs and answer your questions about the application process, financial aid, and other administrative aspects of these programs. Dr. Julia Bullock will be there to answer academic questions, and we will also have a few past program participants to describe their experiences from the student's point of view.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in Japanese study abroad opportunities, please contact Julia Bullock.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Dekalb County Solicitor's Office

The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General seeks volunteers to assist with Chinese and Korean translation for participants in their Diversion and Community Alternative Programs. Offering an alternative to prosecution, the Diversion Program is designed to rehabilitate non-violent misdemeanor offenders with little or no criminal history. Participants may be required to take life skills classes or perform community service. Some of the participants have only limited proficiency in English, and have difficulty reading the required forms or understanding class content. Chinese and Korean-speaking volunteers are needed for approximately one hour per week to help with translation so that participants may successfully complete the program. This is a fantastic volunteer opportunity that will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.
For more information please contact Lisa Bobb at 404-371-2939 or

REALC is co-sponsoring a lecture by Professor and Chair of the Department of Spainsh of U.C. Davis, Cecilia Colombi. Her lecture titled "Linguistic Explorations into the Longitudinal Studyof the Advanced Capacities: The Case of Spanish Heritage Language Learners," will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in the Modern Languages Building, room 201 at 4:00 p.m. 

Celebrated Taiwanese writer Huang Chunming, hailed as a representative of xiangtu wenxue, the "Nativist Literature movement," will be speaking at Emory Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 in White Hall, room 207. Chunming will lecture about his work and field audience questions. The event is open to the public. 

September, 2011

Dr. Wan-Li Ho, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, will speak at the Emory College Language Center Lunch Lecture Series on Collegiate Foreign Language, Tuesday, September 27. Her lecture titled, "Techno Boost: Using Podcasts to Enhance Content-based Language Education," will take place 11:45 - 1:15 in room 201 of the Modern Languages Building. For more information please contact Sarah Shortt at

September 1, 2011

White Hall, 110

REALC's fall semester was inaugurated in an extraordinary fashion, as beloved Russian author Vladimir Voinovich visited Emory for an intimate Q & A session. Voinovich fielded audience questions ranging from his methods as a writer to his experineces as a dissident in Soviet Russia and his predictions about the future of Russian politics. Known for his searing wit and devastating humor, Voinovich held his audience transfixed by his comedic - if often disturbing - tales of his life and work, asserting that "pessimists write funnier stories." With a sagatious grin he explained, "Looking at life with humor frees you from the darkest reality." The Department of REALC and the REES Program, as well as the Halle Institute for Global Learning and the Student Slavic Club all contributed to the event.


The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi,
Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Click Here for more information and an online application.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Michigan Journal of Asian Studies

The peer-reviewed Michigan Jouranl of Asian Studies aims to provide undergraduate students with a venue for submissions of original research and /or analytical papers on Asian Studies. The deadline for submissions is October 10

August, 2011


Due to airport cancellations in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Vladimir Voinovich will not be visiting Emory Tuesday, Aug. 30. He will now be speaking Thursday, Sep. 1 in room 110 of White Hall at 4:00 p.m.

Vera Proskurina, Lecturer in Russian Language and Literature at Emory, has been appointed Associate Director of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College! Vera has been teaching at Middlebury's Russian language summer program since 2004. Congratulations, Vera!

REALC welcomes renowned Russian author Vladimir Voinovich as our first official speaker of the semester! His lecture will take place Tuesday, August 30 in the Modern Languages Building, room 201 at 3:30, and will be followed by Russian refreshments. All are welcome to attend!

The Department of REALC is thrilled to welcome new faculty! In our pursuit of academic excellence and diversity, REALC invites international scholars to teach a wide variety of courses in their areas of specialty at Emory. This year we are excited to introduce six new members of our temporary and permanent faculty:

Xin Chen, Chinese Language Instructor

Xin Chen joins us from Yanbian University via the Hanban Teacher's Program. She has a background in Chinese linguistics and English language education and will be teaching Elementary Chinese this Fall.

Bumyong Choi, Lecturer in Korean Language and Linguistics

Dr. Choi has accepted a permanent position as REALC's new Lecturer in Korean Language and Linguistics. He recently completed his PhD in Korean Linguistics from the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.  He has taught at the elite Korean Language Flagship Center at the University of Hawaii, and was awarded the Korean Honor Scholarship from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in 2010. His chapter on Korean religion and philosophy will appear in Essentials of Korean Language and Culture, ed. Sohn & Cheon, U. of Hawaii Press.

Kaori Harada, Japanese Graduate Student Instructor

Kaori Harada is the recipient of the Emory Kansai University Teaching Fellowship in Language and Linguistics. She will be instructing students in Elementary Japanese courses this Fall.

Sun-Chul Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Korean Culture and History

Dr. Kim joins Emory from Columbia University's Barnard College, where he is a Term Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Culture. He holds four degrees in Sociology, and his interests include social movements, politics, and historical sociology in Korea and East Asia. He will be teaching Modern Korean History and Political Change and Democracy in South Korea at Emory this Fall. His appointment was made possible in part by a grant from the Korea Foundation.

Xiaoqin Lin, Chinese Language Instructor

Xiaoqin Lin comes to Emory through the Hanban Teacher's Program from the International College of Chinese Studies at East China Normal University where she has taught Chinese language courses since 1986. She will be teaching Elementary and Intermediate Chinese at Emory this Fall.

Dongfeng Xu, Chinese Instructor, Chinese Literature and Culture

Dongfeng Xu recently successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "The Concept of Friendship and the Culture of Hospitality: The Encounter Between the Jesuits and Late Ming China" at the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago. He has taught a variety of courses in Chinese and East Asian civilization, religion, and language at the Unviersities of Chicago and Alberta. He is offering lectures in Chinese literature and culture this Fall.