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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures has a long tradition of training outstanding students in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and literatures. On this page, you’ll find news from our accomplished alumni community as well as articles related to our faculty research that may be of interest to friends and alumni of the department.

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We publish new issues of our alumni and friends newsletter 2-3 times a year. Recent issues have featured stories about alumni returning to campus, faculty appearances on podcasts, K-pop, and more.


Rebecca Copeland: author of new novel, Kimono Tattoo

Rebecca Copeland, professor of Japanese language and literature in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is a nationally known scholar of modern Japanese literature, a translator of contemporary Japanese novels, and, now, a novelist herself.

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WashU Expert: Propaganda at the Movies

As China prepares for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, theaters have been instructed to screen at least two propaganda films each week. But ideological mandates may not sit well with moviegoers, argues Zhao Ma.

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