March, 2017

The Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Hosts its Third Annual Student Research Symposium

Yang Xing

Above: Philosophy major Yang Xing presents, "Debates between the Jesuit Missionaries on the Interpretation of Confucianism."

Friday, March 31, 2017, students representing programs from across Emory College and the Laney Graduate School presented their work in the areas of Russian and East Asian studies. Students answered a call for papers requesting submissions on the subjects of Russian or East Asian linguistics, art, history, politics, religion, or culture. The selectees, seven undergraduates and one graduate student, presented on topics ranging from Russian literature to Chinese entrepreneurship. The complete schedule of presenters is below.

symposium flyer

Korea Week Schedule Announced


3/27 MondayOpening event (Asbury Circle)

3/28 TuesdayPanel Discussion – “The "Comfort Women" Statue Installation in Atlanta

as a Transnational Peace Movement”

* 5:45-7:00 Rita Anne Rollins Building (RARB) 102

* Participants

a) Facilitator: Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation)

b) Panels: Won Chul Shin (PhD Student in Ethics and Society, Graduate Division of Religion) and Helen Kim-Ho, Special Advisor of The Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Taskforce.

* Sponsors:

a) Candler Coordinating Council, Candler School of Theology

b) Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding Program, Graduate Division of Religion

c) The Ethics and Servant Leadership Program, Center for Ethics

d) Korean Program, REALC

3/29 Wednesday: Korean Culture Fair

* 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Cox Hall Bridge

* The Korean Culture Fair is an opportunity to immerse in Korean cultural activities. Take a picture wearing the beautiful traditional Korean garb, hanbok. Or try some of the traditional Korean games. Collect certificates for participating in each cultural activity and exchange them for a small gift!

3/30 Thursday: "South Korean Popular Culture before and after Democracy" –

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Democratization in South Korea

* 5:30-7:00 White Hall 103

* Guest speakers

a) Charles Kim (History, University of Wisconsin): “Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea.”

b) Jenny Wang Medina (Korean Literature and Cultural Studies, Columbia University): “As the K-World Turns: The Politics of Culture in Millennial South Korea.”

* Sponsors: REALC Korean Program, Halle Institute, East Asian Studies Program.

3/31 Friday: Hangeul Party – A Korean Calligraphy Event

* 4:00-7:00 PM, Brooks Common, Cannon Chapel

* Enjoy an afternoon/evening of modern Korean calligraphy with one of the most prominent calligraphers from Korea. Learn about the Korean alphabet and fall in

love with Korean calligraphy and culture by doing it yourself! The event is children-friendly and a delicious Korean dinner will be provided.

* Sponsors: REALC Korean Program, Halle Institute, East Asian Studies Program, Emory College Language Center (ECLC).

4/2 Sunday: Korea Culture Night

* 3:00 – 5:30 PM, WHSCAB Auditorium

* Emory’s Korean Undergraduate Student Association (KUSA) and Korean International Students at Emory (KISEM) will be hosting their 14th annual Korean Culture Night (KCN) on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m., which will highlight various aspects of Korean culture through both modern and traditional performances. The event will be held in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center administration building auditorium and will feature Emory student groups and Atlanta community groups.

Sponsors: Halle Institute and REALC

February, 2017

REALC Hosts Its Biggest 'Love Your Majors' Event Yet!

Korean Dresses

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. Tables for Chinese calligraphy (below) and paper cutting were very popular, and students enjoyed trying on traditional Korean garments (above) as they sampled a variety of treats from REALC's global areas. Students also learned the art of making Japanese matcha, observed a Chinese tea ceremony,  and lingered over traditional Russian poppyseed cake. 


October, 2016

Eric Reinders Publishes New Book

Reinders' book

Newly available from McFarland, The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki is Associate Professor of Religion Eric Reinders' latest offering. The book offers an examination of Hayao Miyazaki's 10 full-length films—from Nausicaä (1984) to The Wind Rises(2013)—analyzing each for its religious, philosophical and ethical implications. To learn more, visit McFarland's website here

September, 2016

EAS Director Tonio Andrade Awarded Article Prize

Tonio Andrade

Dr. Tonio Andrade was awarded the Gillingham Prize for his article “Late Medieval Divergences:  Comparative Perspectives on Early Gunpowder Warfare in Europe and China.” Andrade’s article appeared in the Journal of Medieval Military History in 2014. The Gillingham Prize is given annually by the Society for Medieval Military History to the best article by a member to appear in the preceding issue of the Journal of Medieval Military History.

Lawrence Hamblin Named New Japanese Studies Librarian


Effective September 1, 2016, Lawrence Hamblin is the Japanese Studies librarian at the Woodruff Library. 

Lawrence received his BA in Biology from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He joined Emory Libraries in 2011 as an East Asian Studies library specialist. Here he accumulated extensive experience in collection management and gained opportunities for professional development by participating in professional conferences and training workshops related to Area Studies. In order to improve his Japanese language skills, Lawrence continued his language studies and successfully passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level N1.  In May of 2016, Laurence successfully completed his work towards a Master of Library and Information Science and was awarded the degree of MLIS from Syracuse University.

With his working experience, language skills, great knowledge of the Japanese Studies program here at Emory, as well as his master degree in Library and Information Science, Lawrence has been well prepared to fill the newly established position of Japanese Studies librarian.

Congratulations, Lawrence!

May, 2016

Beloved Lecturer Wan-Li Ho Retires

Wan-Li Ho

REALC and East Asian Studies faculty and staff bid farewell this semester to Chinese Senior Lecturer Wan-Li Ho. She was honored with memorial speeches and letters from former students and colleagues at a REALC faculty luncheon, but it remains difficult to put her legacy into words. As an instructor of Chinese language, as well as courses focusing on Chinese women in literature and religion, Wan-Li earned the reputation as a passionate, dedicated teacher and a mentor to her students. During her fifteen years at Emory, she inspired generations of undergraduates to pursue studies, and eventually careers, in Chinese language or related fields. In 2014, Wan-Li received the Emory College Language Center Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding teaching record, evidence of innovation in teaching, and evidence of appreciation by peers and students as a model teacher. Wan-Li ended her career at Emory on an especially high note with the publication of her first book, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan.

Beyond her many professional successes, Wan-Li will be remembered by her colleagues and students at Emory for her kindness, her sincerity, and her selflessness. We wish her much happiness in her richly deserved retirement!




April, 2016

Emory's East Asia Collective Hosts East Asia Week, April 11 - 14

East Asia Week

March, 2016

Cheryl Crowley's Innovative Class Culminates in Woodruff Library Exhibition

Japanese doll

Above: A photograph of a 19th-century Japanese doll, from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, Emory University. Photo credit: Paige Knight, Emory Libraries.

Learning from the Empire: Japan in the Archives of Oxford College and Emory University,” opens March 9 in the Level 3 rotunda in Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. The exhibit will showcase research by Emory undergraduate students who were enrolled in the Fall 2015 course “Literary and Visual Culture in Japan.” Culled from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and the Pitts Theology Library, the exhibit includes exquisite ceramics, sculptures, and photographs of dolls too fragile to be displayed, as well as rare photographs from Japan, China, and Korea.

Cheryl Crowley's class of 18 students studied the objects to help create a finding aid for future library users. Through their research, the students discovered documents and photographs from the same period in the Rose Library and the Pitts Theology Library’s Special Collections that add context to the objects in the Oxford College Library’s collection. “The chance to work with objects, particularly objects that haven’t been curated or researched already, is an amazing experience for students,” said Crowley. “Their perspectives enriched whatever I might have been able to do myself in trying to identify these objects. It’s been a great collaboration.”

October, 2015


Youyou poses with Chinese officials after the announcement of her Nobel Prize. China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC/Reuters

Wendy Fu Leads Conversation about Top-Secret Malaria Research in China

New REALC faculty member Jia-Chen (Wendy) Fu was asked to pen an article for online journal The Conversation in recognition of an historic moment in the history of Chinese medicine. Monday, October 5 Tu Youyou, 84, became the first citizen of the People’s Republic of China to win a  Nobel Prize in the sciences for discovering artemisinin, a drug that is now part of standard antimalarial regimens. Begining as a top-secret military project in 1967, the pioneering research leading to the drug's discovery combined Eastern and Western medical traditions to explore the healing properties of native plant life. Despite Youyou's accomplishments as the head of the malarial research group at the Bejing Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fu notes that a certain amount of controversy exists in the Chinese media over her Nobel Prize award due to its privileging of individual achievement over group endeavors. Fu ends the piece with a prompt for further discussion:

"During the Cultural Revolution, it mattered that science proceed along revolutionary lines. It mattered that scientific advances resulted from collective endeavor and drew from popular sources. Does it still?"

CLICK HERE to read Fu's article, "The Secret Maoist Chinese Operation that Conquered Malaria – And Won a Nobel," and join the conversation.

February, 2015

REALC Hosts its Fourth Annual "Silk Road Cafe"


(Above) Senior Lecturer Noriko Takeda demonstrates the basics of origami

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!

tea ceremony

(Above) Chinese language instructor Na Zhang oversees a traditional Chinese tea ceremony

The Confucius Institute at Emory Announces Its Spring Speaker Series:

CI events

EAS Faculty Collaborate on New Book


Hong Li, Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, has recently completed a book (with Jing Z. Paul) entitled Fun with Chinese Grammar: 35 Humorous Dialogues and Comics published by Nanjing University Press. This is a textbook suitable for learners of beginning and intermediate Chinese. It presents 35 Chinese grammar patterns in humorous conversations featuring the everyday lives of college students. In addition, the conversational scenarios are re-created in cartoon drawings, which allow learners to narrate the stories for themselves, using the grammar patterns.

The book’s characters (five college students) are illustrated by Eric Reinders, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion. The illustrations are drawn in a clean, whimsical style. They depict a likable cast of characters, practicing kung-fu, dressing up for Halloween, and making Chinese food. 

Eric Reinders is an amateur illustrator and cartoonist. His past work includes drawing the illustration for the East Asian Studies t-shirt (below): a dragon with Dooley hanging from its tail. He was also the principle designer of a mural titled “The Spirit of Emory” which was displayed on campus for two years. 


September, 2014

New East Asian Studies Program Director Named

Tonio Andrade

Professor Tonio Andrade of Emory's Department of History accepted the position of Director of the East Asian Studies Program. Tonio grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has degrees from Reed College, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Yale University. He is currently a professor of history at Emory University, where he writes on Taiwanese, Chinese, and global history. He lives in Decatur, Georgia, with his wife and three daughters. He is the author of Lost Colony (Princeton, 2011) and How Taiwan became Chinese (2008), as well as numerous articles in journals such as The Journal of Asian Studies, The Journal of World History, Late Imperial China, Itinerario, and The Journal of Early Modern History.

Tonio replaces outgoing EAS director and REALC chair Cheryl Crowley, who is on administrative leave during the Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 academic year.

Chio Lectures