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Smith/5 College Korean class



Presentation at Celebrating Collabortaion

1:30-2:30pm, April 18, Saturday, Seelye 109

Journey to the East: From Process to Page—Creating Magazines to Study Chinese

Presentation deriving from classwork with Yalin Chen, lecturer in East Asian languages & literatures

(Rachael Ferrari '15, Nina Xue '18, Sarah Porter '17 and Min Cho '17)



Five College Chinese speech contest




Lecture by Shirin Nezammafi, The Encounters and Possibilities of Cross-Border Literature, Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m.



Two Chinese Yue Opera Performamces

March 26th, 2015


March 27th, 2015



Teaching English in Taiwan

Program information and application package



Study in Taiwan Scholarship


Taiwan Scholarship Program (TSP)

"Taiwan Scholarship Program (TSP)" is designed for students who seek degree programs including bachelor, master and PhD programs inTaiwan. TSP awards students tuition and monthly stipend.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

"Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)" is established for those who undertake Mandarin language courses in Tawan.HES awards students taking Mandarin language courseswhich may last 3, 6,9 monthsorone fullyear respectively. HES offers the monthly stipend of NT $25,000 (about US $850).



Shirin Nezammafi

Thursday, April 2, 5pm

Graham Hall, Brown Fine Art Center

Author Shirin Nezammafi will be speaking on “The Encounters and Possibilities of Cross-Border Literature.” In 2009, Nezammafi won the Bungakukai Prize for her second published novelShiroi kami(White Paper), which was also nominated for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize the same year. Through a discussion of her writing in Japanese,Nezammafiwill explore ideas about translation, national identity and literature. This talk is open to the public, and a reception will be held afterwards at6:00 p.m.in the Museum Atrium.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.




Tohuku Tomo Documentary Screening

On the 4th Anniversary of the3.11 Tohoku Disaster, join us for thescreening of the documentaryTohoku Tomo. Free and open to the public.

A story about true friendship and commitment to Japan's recovery by the international community following The Great East Japan Earthquake.


March 9, 4:30pm, Seelye 106, Smith College

March 11, 4:00pm, Herter 231, UMass Amherst

March 12, 7pm, Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke College

Click here to view the poster. Tohoku%20Tomo%20week%20poster%20(1)



Chinese New Year Celebration




Korean New Year Celebratio

Davis Ballroom at Smith College

Feb 21, Saturday, 12-3pm

2015 Korean Lunar New Year Flier

Pictures from the Party



ACC (Associated Colleges in China)

Study Abroad Information Session

Thursday, November 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Seeyle Hall 102

(Refreshments will be served)

Are you considering study abroad in China? Are you interested in Smith College's consortium program, ACC (Associated Colleges in China)? Explore your options. Enjoy good conversation and learn useful information from past students from ACC in China, and other study abroad programs.Zarah Sikora, Smith College alumna, Class of 2013, will talk about her experience as a participant in the ACC Program. For more information visit http://www.hamilton.edu/china.




EAL Courses for Spring 2015

Please click here to see the course offerings.



A Bridge for Tomorrow



Departmental Presentation of the Major and Minor

Tuesday, October 28, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Campus Center 205

(Lunch will be served)


Associated Kyoto Program Informational Meeting

Monday, September 29, 7:00pm

Seelye 207


Sheng Dong: Music & Dance from Taiwan

September 17, 2014

OnSeptember 17, 2014, UMass Fine Arts Center Asian Arts and Culture program will present Sheng Dong (A Moving Sound). The performance company, based in Taipei, Taiwan, creates a new musical expression fusing Taiwanese, Chinese and other Asian musical ideas in inspired modern song compositions.

Lead singer and dancer, Mia Hseih showcases songs unique to Taiwan’s aboriginal tribal groups. The six member band uses both traditional Chinese instruments such as the bowed fiddle called the Erhu and the Zhong ruan(Chinese guitar), as well as a blend of Western instruments.

Sheng Dong artists will present multiple activities in the area colleges as well as in the public schools.

Spotlight_Taiwan_Sheng Dong Flyer



Placement Exams for Fall 2014

Date: Sept. 1(M),1-2pm

Locations: Chinese - Seelye 301+304; Korean - Seelye 301+310; Japanese -Seelye 301+308.

Click here for more information.



Attachment: EAL New Course Offerings for Fall 2014


EAL 247 Gender and Sexuality in Japan: Literature, Film, Anime, Manga

MW 1:10-2:30PM

Haeng-ja Chung

This course explores how writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources as well as film, anime, and manga, we will analyze how gender and sexuality have been represented over 1,000 years in Japan. Examination of different media and texts from different historical momentsilluminates how the notions of gender and sexuality have transformed over timeas well as how the intersection of gender and sexuality manifests in these stories. All readings, lecture, discussion, and writing willbe in English.{L} 4 credits



EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature

TR 1:10-2:30PM

Kimberly Kono

Through close readings of literary texts produced from 1868 until the present, this course will familiarize you with various points in Japan’s modern cultural history. In our discussions of these texts in the different trajectories of modern Japanese literature, we will also address theoretical questions about literature, history, identity, gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, colonialism, modernism and translation. Readings will include works by such writers as Natsume Soseki, Enchi Fumiko, Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo, and Murakami Haruki. All readings are in English translation. {L} 4 credits



CLT 239/EAL 239 Intimacy in Contemporary Chinese Women's Fiction

MW 1:10-2:20PM

Sabina Knight

How do stories about love, romance, and desire (including extramarital affairs, serial relationships and love between women) challenge our assumptions about identity? How do pursuits, successes, and failures of intimacy lead to personal and social change? An exploration of major themes through close readings of contemporary fiction by women from China, Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese diasporas. Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required. {L} 4 Credits