East Asian Languages and Cultures

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) was one of the first academic departments devoted to the study of Asia established in the United States. Its history dates back to 1872, when Edward Tompkins, one of the founders of the University of California, presented the then four-year-old institution with its first endowed chair, the Agassiz Professorship of Oriental Languages and Literature. Tompkins was convinced that the future of the state and its citizens lay not in the Atlantic 'old world' but in the Pacific. More than a century later, the department continues to build upon its distinguished tradition of scholarship and service as an innovative and vibrant center for the teaching and research of East Asian languages, literatures, and cultures.

In 1901, the department began to develop a curriculum in Japanese to complement its initial strengths in Chinese, and in 1942 it became the first department in the country to offer instruction in Korean. By the 1960s—in the wake of an unprecedented expansion in the postwar era of Area Studies programs in the American academy—UC Berkeley and the department cemented its national preeminence in the study of East Asia and hosted many of the most renowned modern scholars of Chinese and Japanese linguistics, literature, and cultural history.

Today, the department offers a comprehensive curriculum in the East Asian humanities for both undergraduate and graduate students that encompasses modern and classical languages, literatures, philosophies, and cultures. Faculty research and teaching interests are diverse and interdisciplinary, running the gamut from premodern literary and artistic expression to contemporary writing and popular cultures.

East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) is also at the center of a lively campuswide community devoted to the study of East Asia. EALC students benefit immensely from the expertise of over 50 Berkeley faculty members conducting research on China, Japan, and Korea in disciplines such as Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Film, Geography, History, Journalism, Music, Political Science, and Sociology.

Language Exams

The department offers two types of language exams: placement and proficiency. Placement exams are for those students who plan to enroll in one of the language courses. Proficiency exams are for students who wish to waive a college major or foreign language requirement without taking a course.

Undergraduate Programs

Chinese Language: BA, Minor
East Asian Religion, Thought, and Culture: BA
Japanese Language: BA, Minor
Korean Language: Minor
Tibetan: Minor

Graduate Programs

Chinese Language: PhD
Japanese Language: PhD

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Courses

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Chinese

East Asian Languages

Japanese

Korean

Mongolian

Tibetan

Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Jinsoo An, Associate Professor. Modern Korean Literature, East Asian Cinema, Korean Film, visual studies.
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Robert Ashmore, Associate Professor. China, lyric poetry, Chinese literature, Chinese culture, poetic theory.
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Weihong Bao, Associate Professor. Film theory and history, media archaeology, critical theory, visual and performance culture, Chinese language cinema, transnational genre cinema, comparative media history and theory.
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Mark L. Blum, Professor. Buddhism, Japan, culture and society, modernization.
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Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor. Early China, Confucianism, Taoism, Daoism, Comparative Religion.
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Jacob Dalton, Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
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Yoko Hasegawa, Professor. Pragmatics, syntax, east asian languages and cultures, acoustic phonetics, semantics, sociolinguistics of Japanese, cognitive linguistics.
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+ H. Mack Horton, Professor. Performativity, east asian languages and cultures, classical poetry, diary literature, cultural context, anthology of vernacular poetry, Man'yoshu, poetry and poetics.
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Andrew Jones, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, Chinese popular music, sonic culture, media technology, modern Chinese fiction, children's literature, literary translation.
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Youngmin Kwon, Adjunct Professor. Korean literature.
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Ling Hon Lam, Assistant Professor. Premodern Chinese Drama and Fiction, Women's writing, sex and gender, Media Culture, and Critical Theory.
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Daniel C. O'Neill, Associate Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Cinema, Global Modernism, visual studies.
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Lanchih Po, Associate Adjunct Professor.
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Robert Sharf, Professor. East asian languages and cultures, medieval Chinese buddhism, Chan buddhism, Japanese buddhism, Zen buddhism, Tantric buddhism, buddhist art, ritual studies, methodological issues in the study of religion.
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Alan Tansman, Professor. Modern Japanese Literature, literary and cultural theory, aesthetics and politics, Comparative Responses to Violence, literary history.
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Paula Varsano, Associate Professor. Phenomenology, translation, comparative literature, aesthetics, epistemology, classical Chinese poetry and poetics (3rd-11th centuries), traditional Chinese literary theory.
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Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor. East asian languages and cultures, history of performance, gender theory, the history of sexuality, material culture, material objects in late-imperial literature.
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Lecturers

Yasuko Konno Baker, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Brian Baumann, Lecturer. Mongolian language.
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Weisi Cai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Yuriko Caltabiano, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Damien Donnelly, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Kayoko Imagawa, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Wakae Kambara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Minsook Kim, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Kijoo Ko, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Meehyei Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Soojin C. Lee, Lecturer. Korean language.
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I-Hao Li, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Hsin-yu Lin, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Li Liu, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Sanjyot Mehendale, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies, Central Asia, Central Asian studies, archaeology and art history.
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Junghee Park, Lecturer. Korean language.
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Chika Shibahara, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Maki Takata, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chen-Hui Tsai, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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John R. Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Noriko Komatsu Wallace, Lecturer. Japanese language.
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Chunhong Xie, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Lihua Zhang, Lecturer. Chinese language.
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Emeritus Faculty

Haruo Aoki, Professor Emeritus.

Cyril Birch, Professor Emeritus.

James E. Bosson, Professor Emeritus.

Hung-Nin Samuel Cheung, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, vernacular Chinese literature and linguistics.
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John C. Jamieson, Professor Emeritus.

Lewis Lancaster, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, East Asian studies, east asian buddhism.
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Susan Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Japanese literature, performing arts and folklore.
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Jeffrey Riegel, Professor Emeritus. East asian languages and cultures, ancient Chinese poetry and prose, early Chinese thought, Confucian classics, paleography, recently-excavated manuscripts.
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Pang-Hsin Ting, Professor Emeritus.

Stephen H. West, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

3413 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3480

Fax: 510-642-6031

ealang@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Mark Csikszentmihalyi

3112 Dwinelle Hall

mark.cs@berkeley.edu

Student Services Adviser

Grant Tompkins

3414 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4497

grant.tompkins@berkeley.edu

Director of Graduate Studies

Dan O'Neill, PhD

3408 Dwinelle Hall

dconeill@berkeley.edu

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