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May, 2016



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

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.

April, 2015

REALC Student Among Undergraduate Research Award Winners
Abby Holst
(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, Chemistry major Claire Jung instructs guests in Hangul, the Korean alphabet. Below, Terez Whatley White tries on a beautiful traditional costume known as Hanbok. Outside of the DUC in Asbury Circle, 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 bottom photo, two women MCs don traditional Korean hanbok while sporting baseball caps to symbolize the crossover of contemporary Korean culture.



March, 2015

Emory Students Awarded at Japanese Speech Contest

Anran ye

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

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 Emory Politics and International Relations in East Asia student group (PIE) will host an event Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 in DUC E332. Peter Kim will present on his summer internship as a research assistant and will discuss career paths in this area. Contact Seung Wook Yoo with questions.


The Korean discussion and debate club EGG (Emory Gong-Gam) has announced its meetings for the Spring 2015 semester:

April 23, Modern Languages 201, 5:30 - 7:30

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

Resources and Links

Confucius Institute in Atlanta  The Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and fosters engagement with China through cultural activities, travel, teaching, and research. Free Chinese language classes are available for Emory faculty and staff each semester.

East Asian Studies Research Guide Compiled by Emory University Librarian Guo-Hua Wang, this link provides research information for students of East Asian Studies. The resources includes books, journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, local gazetteers, and dissertations in print or online formats.

Emory China-Tibet Initiative The China-Tibet Initiative won the 2014 New Student Organization of the Year Award at Emory’s annual Leadership, Service, and Diversity Awards. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to become members.

Emory Chinese Calligraphy Club
The club meets twice per month in Cox computer hall and is open to everyone, regardless of knowledge of Chinese language. All materials are provided.

Emory Gong-Gam (EGG) EGG is a Korean debate club in which club members can improve their Korean language proficiency, share different view points on Korean affairs and politics, and learn about democratic values.

Emory PIE - Politics and International Relations in East Asia

Emory PIE is a discussion group and networking club focused around East Asian political topics.

What Can I Do with a BA in Japanese Studies?  Excellent blog with up-to-date job postings, articles, and study programs.