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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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. Students 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 маковый рулет, 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!
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.
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!