REALC Student News and Events

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!

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.

April, 2015

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

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

Call for Participants: Silk Road Showcase at Emory

The Silk Road Showcase is an academic fair featuring creative projects themed on the historic Silk Road. Students in any area of study (history, art, religion, political science, literature, etc.) are encouraged, individually or in groups, to develop a creative project showcasing some aspect of this historic trade route, and its many vibrant cultures and geographic locations. Not sure what constitutes a "creative project?" CLICK HERE for a few ideas, and for details about the event.
The Silk Road Showcase will take place April 16th on the DUC Terraces. Interested in signing up? Have a few more questions? Contact the organizer, Coleman Lee at

REALC Announces Its First Undergraduate Student Symposium

To celebrate outstanding scholarly achievement by Emory undergraduate students, the Department of REALC is pleased to announce its first student research symposium. Papers from all disciplines featuring the languages, cultures, societies, and politics of our global areas will be considered. The symposium will take place Friday, March 27.


September, 2014

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

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!


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

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. 

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!

March, 2013

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.

Watch a few of the students' videos below:

"Ip Man," by Justin Ho, Thomas Pan, Aaron Fan, Jonathan Jia, and Won Suk Song

"Mulan," by David Wu, Daniel Sheu, Michael Unpingco, Jiayue Yuan, and Zhlin Zheng

Art 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

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.

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

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. An outstanding example of these student projects is "Aiko Hime," a Cinderella story of sorts by Jasmine Hensley, Minji Kim, and Jessica Pryor (see below).

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.

Third place: Martial Arts, by Danielle Berkowsky, Steven Cheng, Will Vander Pols, and Ahn Sam

Second place: Noodles, by Adam Chan, Xinyi Jiang, Sejung Kim, Elenor Aram Lee

First place: Street Food, by Richard Hyungmo Choi, David Chrisitan Jung, Hyunjin Kim, and Seumin Lee

April, 2012

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

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. (Click here.) 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!

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