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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.


Susanna Soojung Lim’s English translation of a South Korean novel, “My Uncle Bruce Lee” by Cheon Myeong-kwan, has been featured on the the Hong Kong-based journal Asia Literary Review in its special Spring 2016 issue celebrating contemporary Korean literature:  http://www.asialiteraryreview.com/. Susanna teaches in the Honors College.

Xinjia Peng, a PhD student in Chinese Linguistics, has been selected as a recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a highly competitive award honoring the best and most promising graduate students. Congratulations, Xinjia!

Conference: “Sinophonic Detours: Nonlinear Movement and Shifting Forms in Sinophone Literature and Culture”

Friday, May 19, 2017

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Gerlinger Lounge

Sinophone cultural texts often reflect the condition of movement, whether it is migration, exile, diaspora, or the flow of capital. As generations of speakers of Chinese languages have crisscrossed virtually all corners of the globe, so have their cultural texts given voice to this fact of perpetual movement. Keeping the Sinophone’s transnational routes in mind, how may we conceptualize and theorize forms of movement that are not unidirectional, but open ended or circuitous? This symposium looks at cultural texts, be they

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