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