May, 2022

Guangchen Chen Book Publication and Grant

Guangchen Chen

Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture Guangchen Chen was awarded a grant from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Chen's research in mainland China and Taiwan for his book project "Thing Lost, Thing Regained: Antiquarian Collecting and Chinese Modernity."

Dr. Chen's translation of David Damrosch's How to Read World Literature with wife Allison Qin was recently published by Peking University Press. The new edition of this highly popular guide addresses the unique challenges and joys faced when approaching the literature of other cultures and eras. David Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and a leading authority in the field, draws on years of teaching experience to provide readers with ways of thinking creatively and systematically about key issues, such as reading across time and cultures, reading works in translation, emerging global perspectives, postcolonialism, orality and literacy, and more.

ECLC Excellence in Language Study award winners graduating in May, 2022:

2020 Recipient:

Ellie Coe, Russian

2021 recipient:
Landi White, Korean
2022 recipients:
Grant Lawrence Britton, Russian
Blue (Amber Jeanice) Flowers, Japanese
Hyesoo Grace Shin, Korean

Congratulations, REALC Graduates!

graduate list 

April, 2022

REALC Symposium schedule

March, 2022 

Emory and Georgia Tech Partner to Address Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology organized "Russia and Ukraine: The Origins of the Crisis", a two-part series of discussions featuring experts in the history and politics of the region. 

Timothy Snyder

Wednesday, March 2, 2022: The first event featured Professor of History at Yale University and author of ten books on Russian and Ukrainian history, Dr. Timothy Snyder. The link to the Zoom recording of the lecture is here.

Anne Applebaum Yekelchyk

Monday, March 14, 2022: The second event was a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The Atlantic, Anne Applebaum and Professor at the University of Victoria, Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk. A link to the Zoom recording of the discussion is here. The event was summarized in an article for the Emory University News Center here

Emory Teams with Nanjing University for International Symposium


On March 14 & 15, 2022 we hosted the first Nanjing-Emory University International Symposium on topics in literature, culture, and language research and practice. This inaugural event provided an opportunity to share new research and pedagogical activities, showcase collaborative projects, discover new intersections between our diverse disciplines and institutions, and establish a venue for continued collaboration.

The symposium brought together fourteen scholars, who gave paper presentations on topics ranging from narrative and translation studies, textual scholarship and material culture, to linguistics and pedagogy, and a discussion of a pioneering collaborative project, the Nanjing-Emory English Language Program. The symposium began with opening remarks by Emory’s Vice Provost for the Global Strategies and Initiatives Philip Wainwright, Nanjing University’s Vice President Zhenlin Wang, and the REALC Department chair Juliette Apkarian. Zhao Wenshu, Dean of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University gave concluding remarks.

The symposium prominently showcased the exciting research of our REALC faculties Hsu-Te Cheng and Yichun Xu. Several other REALC faculties served as panel chairs and moderators, including Guangchen Chen, Hong Li, and Maria Franca Sibau, who was also one of the conference organizers.

The event was generously sponsored by the office of Global Strategies and Initiatives at Emory University, the REALC Department, and Nanjing University. GSI provided superb technical support for the Webinar, and Nanjing University offered professional simultaneous translation service during the event.    

This event was a great success, with a record number of nearly 400 registrants from the US, China, and several other countries around the world.

Warmest congratulations to all participants, presenters, panel chairs, organizers, translators, and technical staff who made this event possible!


February, 2022

Hwisang Cho

Dr. Hwisang Cho was awarded an Honorable Mention for the James B. Palais Prize in Korean Studies for his book, The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020)!

About the prize:
The James B. Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies was initiated by the Palais Prize committee headed by AAS President Robert Buswell in 2008-09. The Palais Prize is given annually to an outstanding scholar of Korean studies from any discipline or country specialization to recognize distinguished scholarly work on Korea.

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