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For information about EALL’s response to the COVID pandemic, please see here.

Welcome to the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Oregon. We offer instruction in all levels of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, as well as courses on the literatures, cultures, and linguistics of East Asia. Faculty and graduate students engage in research on a broad array of texts and forms of cultural production (written, visual, or aural), regions, and historical time periods, from ancient China to the contemporary East Asian world.

EALL is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus. For details, please see here.

An open letter from the faculty of EALL (6/2/2020):

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures wishes to affirm its support for the struggle against systemic racism in all its forms, and in all places. The unrest unleashed by recent instances of unjust persecution, harassment, and killing of black Americans have revealed the deep-seated historic patterns of discrimination, violence, and systemic disenfranchisement against racial and ethnic minorities in the US. Because we teach the cultures and histories of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities, we are reminded that each of them has been affected by American legacies of exclusion, internment, and war. In the wake of fears about COVID-19, people of Asian descent in the US and the world over have been targeted for harassment, and sometimes violent attacks. Likewise, the same fears have led to the unjust treatment of communities of African descent in East Asia. These terrible events serve to remind us of the interconnected nature of many different forms of discrimination; however, they also point the way to more redemptive forms of universal tolerance, healing, and understanding. As teachers and students of different languages and cultures, our utmost imperative is to always listen to others, and to pay special attention to voices crying out in pain. Empathy and acknowledgement are a crucial part of our department’s academic mission. We express our solidarity and support for all communities that suffer in inequity.

Professor Glynne Walley receives Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Study and Sibley Translation Award

Professor Glynne Walley is the recipient of a 2020-21 Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Study. He will be using the award to continue work on his translation of one of the most important literary works in East Asian history: Nansō Satomi hakkenden (Eight Dogs of the Satomi of Southern Fusa; Eight Dogs for short) by Kyokutei Bakin. Serialized in Japan between 1814 and 1842, Eight Dogs is possibly the longest novel in the world; the most recent edition runs to some 6,000 pages in twelve volumes. Eight Dogs was massively popular at the time of its initial publication, it played a crucial


Alumna Professional and Research Success

Lucy Gubbins (’12), a UO alumna who graduated with a minor in Japanese, was recently featured in the fall edition of Oregon Quarterly, the UO alumni magazine. Gubbins, her EALL faculty mentor Kaori Idemaru, and Peipei Wei (PhD ’16), recently published a paper together in the journal Language and Speech. Gubbins currently works in Philadelphia for an e-commerce website. She credits her post-graduation professional success to her “academic research experience as an undergraduate.” Congratulations to Lucy! For the article, see here.

Come join us at the EALL Meet & Greet – 10/25/19, 3-5 pm

EALL Meet & Greet event

Friday, October 25, 2019, 3-5 pm

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Come enjoy some snacks and refreshments with the faculty of East Asian Languages and Literatures as well as fellow students who are studying or interested in studying Chinese, Japanese, Korean languages, literatures, cultures, and linguistics.

Learn about:

– Majors in Chinese or Japanese; Minors in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean

– Chinese Flagship program; Japanese Global Scholars Program

– EALL courses that satisfy General Education Requirements

– Undergraduate research programs

– Internship and Study Abroad