Promotions: Shino Hayashi and Judy Mu

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Congratulations to Judy Mu and Shino Hayashi, who have both been promoted to the position of Teaching Professor, effective July 1, 2019!

Wei Wang Receives the Outstanding Faculty Award AY19

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Wei Wang, senior lecturer in Chinese, was chosen as the First Year Center's recipient for the Outstanding Faculty Award for her impact on students' lives during their first two semesters at Washington University.

Kathryn Lawhon selected as a Recipient of Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2018-19

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Katie Lawhon, PhD student in Japanese language and literature, received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, 2018-2019.

K-Pop: Text as performance on stage and in the classroom

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K-Pop, a genre of music best known for its intricately choreographed music videos, has inspired “cover” groups throughout the world. For one such group at WashU, the dance movement provides students with a stepping-stone into the field of cultural studies.

Promotions: Kanako Yao receives promotion to Senior Lecturer

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Congratulations to Kanako Yao who has received promotion to Senior Lecturer in Japanese effective July 1, 2019!

Q&A with David Weisner (’87)

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David Weisner (WashU alumnus, '87) recently visited our campus to talk with students about career paths for those interested in living/working in Asia. We caught up with him after his talk to learn more about his career and how studying about East Asia has influenced his trajectory.

The Meiji at 150 Podcast (Episode 93)

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In this episode, Dr. Copeland documents several cases of "unruly women" who disrupt Japanese social norms, from mythical goddess Izanami to popular activists and female writers in the Meiji and Taishō Periods like Kishida Toshiko and Miyake Kaho, and finally to contemporary writer Kirino Natsuo. We discuss formalist versus historicist literary analysis, questions of agency and individuality in Meiji women's cultural production, and the importance of translation in the field of literary studies.

New East Asian studies undergraduate award fosters cross-cultural understanding

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A recently created undergraduate award in East Asian Languages and Cultures enables students to conduct study in East Asia or on an East Asian topic. WashU alumnus Alex Primm and his wife Cathy created the fund and named it after two professors who had a profound impact on Alex’s career as well as the history of East Asian studies at WashU—Stanley Spector and Richard Yang. Through this program students can pursue projects that enrich their academic study of East Asia, including attending an academic conference, studying abroad, participating in an internship, or doing community outreach with an East Asian focus.

Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History

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Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland, co-editors of the collection, "Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History," discuss queens, goddesses, and the nature of “diva-hood."

Diva nation: Female icons from Japanese cultural history

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Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland, coeditors of "Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History," discuss queens, goddesses, and the nature of diva-hood.

Five Questions with Nathan Vedal

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Nathan Vedal joined WashU as assistant professor of Chinese literature in fall 2018. We sat down with him to learn more about him and his work.

Korean Language Professor Emphasizes Active Learning and Metacognition

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In an interview with The Teaching Center, Mimi Kim, teaching professor of Korean language, emphasizes the importance of using active learning techniques to draw students into coursework. She also discusses the challenges faced by heritage speakers, or students who grew up around a foreign language and have some proficiency in it, if and when they decide to pursue a foreign language education.