December, 2021

Mizuki Mazzotta

Japanese Lecturer Mizuki Mazzotta was awarded the Emory College Language Center's Curriculum Development Fellowship for 2022-2023.This annual fellowship provides departments with funds to release fellowship-holders from one course to pursue a project related to that department’s curriculum.  Dr. Mazzotta's winning proposal outlined her plan to develop an online placement test for the Japanese program. 

September, 2021

 Mikhail Epstein book covers

We are pleased to announce the publication of Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature Mikhail Epstein's latest book. Ideas Against IdeocracyNon-Marxist Thought of the Late Soviet Period (1953 - 1991) serves as a companion to last year's The Phoenix of Philosophy: Russian Thought of the Late Soviet Period (1953 - 1991). Both works offer an extensive examination of Russian thought in the second half of the twentieth century. 

July, 2021

Hwisang Cho

Hwisang Cho’s book, The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020), has been shortlisted for this year’s DeLong Book History Prize. His book will be featured in its Shortlist Book Launch taking place virtually on Thursday, July 22, 9pm CEST (3pm EDT).

SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) annually awards the DeLong Book History Prize to the author of the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year.

 This year, and leading up to the announcement of the winner at the Annual General Meeting, the authors on the DeLong Book History Prize shortlist will be honored in the virtual book launch. The authors will each briefly introduce their shortlisted book, to be followed by a Q&A and discussion.

The book launch is free and open to the public, and will take place over Zoom. To register, please use the following link:

May, 2021

REALC graduate list

March, 2021

Guangchen Chen

Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture Guangchen Chen published a tribute to the pianist Fou Ts'ong. The article, titled "The Sufferings and Greatness of a Vulnerable Artist: In Memory of Fou Ts'ong," can be found Ohio State University's Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource site.

February, 2021

Seth Goss

Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics Seth Goss received the Michael Sharwood Smith Award for his article, "Lexical Accent Perception in Highly-proficient L2 Japanese Learners: The Roles of Language-specific Experience and Domain-general Resources." The journal Second Language Reserach confers this award for the best article published in a two-year period. Congratulations, Seth!

January, 2021

East Asian Studies Alumna Mary Bohn Awarded Prestegious Fellowship

Mary Bohn

Mary Bohn graduated with highest honors in the Spring of 2020 with a BA in East Asian Studies and was recently awarded the Pickering Fellowship! She plans to participate in the Fulbright program as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia begining in September of 2021. By entering the foreign service, Mary hopes to contribute to building strong diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and all nations, with particular emphasis on the Asia Pacific region. her long-term goal is to serve as a regional expert in Asia and to help the U.S. navigate relationships with China and North Korea. 

Follow this link for more information.

November, 2020

Emory Students Honored at Korean Speech Contest

Emory University and the Atlanta Education Center hosted the 3rd Southeast Korean Speech Contest on November 14, 2020. The primary purpose of this contest is to encourage students to learn and use Korean in the community.

This year's contest took place in a virtual format. We focused on encouraging students' performances in a speech contest and K-pop performance by emphasizing its aspect as a festival rather than competition.

Twenty-three participants from 9 universities in AL, GA, NC, and TN presented speechs, and 8 K-Pop performance groups from 6 universities performed K-Pop dances and songs at the event. Yuna Lee from Emory's KRN 301 class won first place at the Korean Quiz Bowl, and Annette Prah from Emory's KRN201 class won the best presentation award at the non-heritage level 1. The following is the complete list of the best presentation awards at each level.

Best Presentation award (최우수상)

Non-heritage level 1: Annette Prah (Emory University)

Non-heritage level 2: Swati Murugappan (University of Georgia)

Non-heritage level 3: Brianna Welch (University of North Georgia)

Heritage level 1: Joanne Kim (Duke University)

Heritage level 2: Seokjin Hong (Georgia Tech)

October, 2020

Hong Li

Professor of Pedagogy Hong Li was featured in a Vice news article about the importance of food in familial communication during the pandemic. Dr. Li co-teaches CHN 370/ITAL 370: Noodle Narratives with Dr. Christine Ristaino of the French and Italian department in which they discuss the cultural and historical significance of food in China and Italy. The Vice article cites the class as an example of the ways in which photographs of food shared over social media might communicate physical and emotional well being.

Hwisang Cho

Assistant Professor of Korean, Dr. Hwisang Cho's new book The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea is now available from the University of Washington Press. The book is also available in open access at this link

August, 2020

Wendy Fu

Assistant Professor of Chinese Dr. Jia-Chen Fu was awarded an NEH Collaborative Research Grant that will support the planning and holding of a conference, "Chinese Foodways in the Modern World (19th C to Present)". The first round of events, which will be planned with Michelle King (UNC Chapel Hill) and Jakob Klein (University of London - SOAS) will take place in April 2021 and is also supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

April, 2020

Congratulations Spring 2020 Graduates!

 Spring 2020 graduates

REALC Student Poster Session

 Michael Cenry, Chinese Major

Cenry poster

JPN 451W: Great Writers of Modern Japan Class Poster

 Murakami poster

Piper Spooner, Chinese Major

Piper Spooner poster

March, 2020

Due to public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 virus, Emory University has transitioned to an online learning format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. REALC faculty and staff will work from home during this time and may continue to be reached via email. 

On a positive note, please enjoy a group of Emory students gathered on the steps of the Adminstration Building singing a song of unity in this time of uncertainty:



July, 2019

Association for Asian Studies posted and interview with Jia-Chen Fu:

Wendy Fu

Assistant Professor of Chinese Jia-Chen Fu received an AAS First Book Subvention Award for her 2018 publication, The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China. Read the full AAS interview here.

The Department of REALC has announced that it will host two conferences in the coming academic year:

The first will be "Le Deuxième Sexe Seventy Years On: Reading Beauvoir around the World," October 25-26, 2019.

The second is the Association for Japanese Literary Studies annual conference, "Inclusivity and Exclisivity in Japanese Literature," January 24-25.

May, 2019

May 2019 graduate list



Japan’s rising affluence in the 1950s and 1960s, the expansion of girls’ education, the increase in women’s magazines, and the rise of middle-class consciousness led women to imagine new possibilities.  What new choices did women have?  What would it take to realize dreams of freedom, self-discovery, and love? This symposium engages with these questions by discussing the influence of two legendary figures—French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and Showa-era Crown Princess Michiko, women who posed radically different models of self-expression, sexuality, and social engagement.  Viewing attention to these women through a Cold War lens, we can also ask how ensuing discussion of the philosopher and the princess positioned Japan itself amid the transnational dynamics of the 1950s and 1960s.

 This symposium brings together feminist scholars with diverse expertise in literature, gender studies, and social science as presenters and commentators.  We invite debate and discussion from the audience.


Beauvoir in Japan: Japanese Women and The Second Sex

Julia Bullock, Emory University

Romance Revisited: The Royal Wedding of 1959 Viewed Sixty Years Later

Jan Bardsley, Ochanomizu University and UNC-Chapel Hill


Aya Kitamura, Tsuda University

Gaye Rowley, Waseda University


Fumie Ohashi, Ochanomizu University

Language: English and Japanese; simultaneous interpretation available

Date/time: Sunday, 19 May 2019, 13:30-16:30

Venue:  Multi-purpose Hall, Hisao & Hiroko TAKI PlazaInternational Exchange Student Plaza, Ochanomizu University)

April, 2019

Congratulations are in order for this years ECLC Excellence in Language Study Award recipients:

Chinese: Bryan Antonio Deleon-Vargas

Japanese: Shiyi (Grace) Chen

Russian: Jacqueline Leigh Moses

Bumyong Choi

Senior Lecturer and Korean Language Program Coordinator Bumyong Choi (pictured above) was awarded this year's ECLC Excellence in Language Teaching Award! He will be officially recognized at the ECLC Awards Ceremony April 26 at 4:00 in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

March, 2019

Ziqi Tiger Cai

Emory students competed in the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese Speech Contest and Academic Challenge, held this year at Georgia Institute of Technology. Junior Ziqi Tiger Cai (above) finished third in Category Two of the speech contest, and Senior Ju Mi Ha (below) received Ganbatta recognition. Congratulations to all of our students who competed!

Ha Ju Mi

February, 2019

Julia Bullock lecture