East Asian Languages and Cultures

Students may complete a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures, a minor in Chinese language or Japanese language, or a (non-language) minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Bi-Co EALC Faculty

Chinese Language Faculty

Haverford
Shizhe Huang
C.V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies; Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics; Director of the Chinese Language Program
Tsung Tsai
Drill Instructor, Chinese Language Program

Bryn Mawr
Changchun Zhang
Instructor, Associate Director of the Chinese Language Program
Tz’u Chiang
Senior Lecturer, Chinese Language Program

Japanese Language Faculty

Haverford
Tetsuya Sato
Senior Lecturer and Director of the Japanese Language Program

Kimiko Suzuki Benjamin
Instructor, Japanese Language Program

Minako Kobayashi
Japanese Drill Instructor

Faculty in History, Literature, and Culture

Haverford
Hank Glassman
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Departmental Co-chair (Premodern Japanese History and Culture, East Asian Religions)

Paul Jakov Smith
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of History
(History of China, East Asia, and the Global Order)

Erin Schoneveld
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese Art History, Literature, Visual Culture, and Film)

Bryn Mawr
Yonglin Jiang
Associate Professor of East Asian Language and Cultures, Departmental Co-chair (History of Chinese Law, Environment, and Human Rights)

Shiamin Kwa
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures on the Jye Chu Lectureship in Chinese Studies (Chinese Literature, Culture, and Film)

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, a Bi-College department shared by Haverford and Bryn Mawr is dedicated to the humanistic investigation of the cultural sphere defined by the use of Chinese characters. While national borders have often shifted through the millennia, today this sphere includes the five countries of China, Japan, Korea north and south, and Vietnam. The department offers five years of instruction in Chinese and Japanese, and students may choose to pursue the study of Korean or Vietnamese at the University of Pennsylvania. The present political and economic power and ascendency of contemporary  East Asia can only be understood against the backdrop of its rich cultural past. Our goal is to couple rigorous language training to the study of East Asian languages, particularly Chinese and Japanese, culture and society. In addition to our intensive programs in Chinese and Japanese, departmental faculty offer courses in East Asian literature, religion, film, art and visual culture, and history. The intellectual orientation of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is centered on primary textual and visual sources; that is, we focus on East Asia’s rich cultural traditions as a way to understand its present, through the study of a wide range of literary and historical texts (in translation and in the original), images, film, and scholarly books and articles.

The Chinese and Japanese Language Programs

Chinese Program

The Bi-Co Chinese Program offers five years of instruction in modern Mandarin Chinese.

  • First-year Chinese (CNSE 001–002) and Second-year Chinese (CNSE 003–004) both have master and drill sections.
  • First-year Chinese (CNSE 001–002) is a year-long course. Students must complete both semesters to receive credit.
  • We offer Advanced Chinese each semester with a different topic; students can take this as Fourth- or Fifth-year Chinese, with one credit per semester, and repeat the course as long as the topics differ.
  • We offer CNSE007-008 for students with a background in Chinese, based on results of a placement test. Upon completion of this full-year sequence, students move on to Second- year Chinese.

The approved Study Abroad program for Chinese is CET (China Educational Tours, http://cetacademicprograms.com/). If you have questions, contact the Director of the Chinese Program, Shizhe Huang (shuang@haverford.edu), who also serves as the advisor for Chinese Minor.

Japanese Program

The Bi-Co Japanese Program offers five years of instruction in modern Japanese.

  • First-year Japanese (JNSE 001–002), taught at Haverford, is six hours (one hour on MWF and ninety minutes on Tues. and Thurs.) per week. Students should register for one of the Mon./Weds./Fri. sessions and choose one of the Tues./Thurs. sessions.
  • Second through Fourth-year (Advanced) Japanese (JNSE 003–004, JNSE 101–102, and
    JNSE 201A/B) all meet at Haverford.
  • The first-year and second-year courses in Japanese (JNSE 001–002 and 003–004, respectively) meet five days a week.
  • For the first-year courses, students must complete both semesters in order to obtain credit, whereas students earn credit for each semester for the second-year courses and above.

Haverford students may study abroad at IES Tokyo or Nanzan or at KCJS in Kyoto.

If you have questions, contact Tetsuya Sato (tsato@haverford.edu) for clarification.

Placement Tests

The two language programs conduct placement tests for first-time students at all levels in the week before classes start in the fall semester.

  • To qualify for third-year language courses, students need to finish Second-year courses with a score of 3.0 or above in all four areas of training: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • In the event that students do not meet the minimum grade at the conclusion of Second- year language study, they must consult with the director of the respective language program and work out a summer study plan that may include taking summer courses or studying on their own under supervision. These students must take a placement test before starting Third-year language study in the fall.
  • Students who do not finish Third-year with a score at or higher than 3.0 in any of the four areas must also take a placement exam before entering Fourth-year.
  • Students who have a time lapse (a semester or longer) since last being enrolled and wish to continue where they left off must also take a placement test

Major and Minor Curricula

EALC Major

I. Language Requirement (2 credits at third-year level)

We require EALC majors to demonstrate third-year-level competence in Chinese or Japanese, either by passing a placement assessment or completing the relevant third-year course (CNSE 101–102 or JNSE 101–102). The University of Pennsylvania offers Korean and Vietnamese language instruction, but these do not count towards the Bi-Co EALC major.

II. Three (3) Core Courses (3 credits), required of all majors:

We require that, beyond demonstrating language competence, EALC majors take THREE core courses from the following:

  1. One 100-level course on China from among 110 (Introduction to Chinese Lit.), 120 (Individual and Society in China), or 131 (Chinese Civ.); and
  2. One 100-level course on Japan from among 132 (Japanese Civ.) or a variety of new 100- level courses on Japan (currently being developed); and
  3. EALC 200 (Methods and Approaches to East Asian Cultures).
  • EALC 200 is required of all EALC majors and minors. We urge majors to take 200 in the spring of their sophomore year; minors may take it during their junior or senior year.
  •  EALC 200 is the designated departmental Writing Intensive course (30 pages of writing), which Bryn Mawr now requires of all departments.

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher to continue in the major and be eligible to write a senior thesis.

III. Three (3) Departmental Elective Courses (3 credits)

Majors must take THREE additional non-language courses offered by members of the Bi-Co EALC Department (Glassman, Jiang, Kwa, Schoneveld, Smith).

  • When signing up for the major, students should work with the departmental co-chair on their campus to select courses that are intellectually complementary.
  • At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level.

Majors cannot satisfy the Departmental Elective Courses by courses outside the department, or by taking courses abroad.

IV. Two non-departmental courses related to East Asia (2 credits)

In order to encourage a sampling of approaches to East Asia beyond EALC or the Bi- Co community, we require students to take two courses related to East Asia from the wider array of courses offered outside the Department and/or from study abroad courses that their advisor has approved.

  • At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level.
  • Students may not substitute these courses for the three Core and three elective courses the EALC faculty offers.

V. The Senior Thesis (1 credit)

We require students to complete a senior thesis (EALC 398, 1 credit). Although students will do the majority of their thesis during the Fall semester, they will complete and formally present final drafts early in the Spring semester.

EALC Minor

The EALC Department certifies three minors:

  • Chinese language (advisor: Shizhe Huang) and Japanese language (advisor: Tetsuya Sato); these two language minors both require six language courses, and students may fulfilled them concurrently with the EALC major.
  • EALC (advisors: EALC co-chairs), which requires six courses, all of which students must take from among courses the EALC departmental faculty offers. The mix must include EALC 200 and one 300-level course.

COURSES

Courses at Haverford

EALCH120A001 Chinese Perspectives on the Individual and Society
Paul J Smith
A survey of philosophical, literary, legal, and autobiographical sources on Chinese notions of the individual in traditional and modern China. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying how ideal and actual relationships between the individual and society vary across class and gender and over time. Special attention will be paid to the early 20th century, when Western ideas about the individual begin to penetrate Chinese literature and political discourse.; Cross-listed in History; Social Science (SO)

EALCH132A001 Japanese Civilization
Erin Schoneveld
A broad chronological survey of Japanese culture and society from the earliest times to the present, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts, and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.; Humanities (HU)

EALCH200B001 Major Seminar: Approaches to the Study of East Asian Cultures
Hank Glassman
This course introduces current and prospective majors and minors to ways of studying East Asian cultures. It employs readings on East Asian history and culture as a platform for exercises in critical analysis, bibliography, cartography and the formulation of research topics and approaches. It culminates in a substantial research essay. Required of East Asian Languages and Cultures majors and minors, but open to others by permission. The course should usually be taken in the spring semester of the sophomore year.  This course satisfies the EALC departmental writing requirement.; Cross-listed: East Asian Languages and Cultures, History; Prerequisite: Required of EAST majors and minors; open to HIST majors and other interested students.; Social Science (SO)

EALCH201A001 Introduction to Buddhism
Hank Glassman
Focusing on the East Asian Buddhist tradition, the course examines Buddhist philosophy, doctrine and practice as textual traditions and as lived religion.; Cross-listed: East Asian Languages and Cultures, Religion; Humanities (HU)

EALCH219B001 Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art and Visual Culture
Erin Schoneveld
This course examines the development of modern and contemporary art and visual culture in China, Japan and Korea from the early twentieth century to the present day, with a focus on photography, sculpture, painting, film, propaganda, and performance art.; Humanities (HU)

EALCH230A001 Postwar Japanese Cinema
Erin Schoneveld
This course provides an introduction to Japanese cinema from the immediate Postwar period of 1945 to the present day. Focusing on films by influential directors including Ozu YasujirÅ_, Kurosawa Akira, and Mizoguchi Kenji among others we will consider how Japanese filmmakers use cinema to investigate issues of truth, beauty, identity, and nationhood in an attempt to answer fundamental questions regarding life and death in Japan's Postwar period.; Humanities (HU)

EALCH231A001 Pre-modern Japanese Literature
Hank Glassman
 Humanities (HU)

EALCH247B001 Death and the Afterlife in East Asian Religions
Hank Glassman
 Humanities (HU)

EALCH256A001 Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History
Hank Glassman
What are we talking about when we talk about Zen? This course is an introduction to the intellectual and cultural history of the style of Buddhism known as Zen in Japanese. We will examine the development and expression of this religious movement in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.; Cross-listed in History and Religion; Humanities (HU)

EALCH263B001 The Chinese Revolution
Paul J Smith
Places the causes and consequences of the Communist Revolution of 1949 in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals.; Cross-listed: History, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Social Science (SO)

EALCH299B001 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature and Film
Erin Schoneveld
 Humanities (HU)

EALCH310B001 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism
Hank Glassman
In this seminar we will examine the intersection of religion & gender in Japanese literature from the 8th to the 16th centuries. The course assumes no prior academic experience in gender, literature, religion, or Japanese culture. It does require openness, curiosity, and a willingness to talk and listen.; Cross-listed: East Asian Languages and Cultures, Religion; Humanities (HU)

EALCH335B001 Japanese Modernism Across Media
Erin Schoneveld
This curatorial seminar examines the technological shifts and cultural transformations that have shaped Japanese artistic production and practice from the early 20th-century through the present day. Readings from pre-modern through contemporary sources, film screenings, and museum field trips, will be included.; Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.; Humanities (HU)

EALCH347A001 Quakers in East Asia
Paul J Smith
The principal goal of this research seminar is to explore Haverford’s rich Quaker archive as a source of first-hand information about East Asia from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. We will collectively survey the major documentary holdings, supplemented by material in the American Friends Service Committee archives, as a prelude to your individual research projects on aspects of the Friends’ educational, social, medical, and evangelical missions in China and Japan and what they tell us about East-West relations in an era of imperialism and war.; Cross-listed in History; Prerequisite: Upper-class standing. Open to HIST and EAST majors, and others with permission of the instructor.; Social Science (SO)

Courses at Bryn Mawr

EALC B11001 Intro Chinese Literature
Shiamin Kwa
Students will study a wide range of texts from the beginnings through the Qing dynasty. The course focuses on the genres of poetry, prose, fiction and drama, and considers how both the forms and their content overlap and interact. Taught in English.

EALCB131 Chinese Civilization
Yonglin Jiang

EALC225 100 Years of Chinese Fiction
Shiamin Kwa

EALC B240001 Topics in Chinese Film-The Films of Wong Kar-wai
Shiamin Kwa
This is a topics course. Course content varies.; Current topic description: The course will focus on all of the full-length feature films of Hong Kong director Wong Karwai, beginning with the 1988 film As Tears Go By and ending with the 2013 film The Grandmaster. Some topics that will be discussed include translation; brotherhoods, violence and criminality; nostalgia; the use of music; dystopia; translingualism; post-colonialism; and post-humanism.

EALCB270001 Topics in Chinese History-History of the Silk Road
Fangyi Cheng
This is a topics course, course content varies.; Current topic description: This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Silk Road with a focus on the different cultures and peoples shaping its history. Rather than attempting another comprehensive survey, as multiple scholars have done, we will trace the lost cities along the ancient Silk Road, and focus on examining the stories told by travelers (traders, merchants, pilgrims, solders, nomads, etc.), and the decoding the messages delivered by excavated artifacts. We will pay special attention to marginalized cultures and underrepresented historical actors, such as non-elite individuals and women. This course will initially utilize both visual and textual sources and discussions, and then students will help choose the paths we explore as individual short papers are developed. Short papers will base on provided readings, and may relate to any specific topics covered in class. All materials are in English.

EALCB352 Chinas' Environment
Yonglin Jiang

EALC398 Senior Conference
Faculty
A research workshop culminating in the writing and presentation of a senior thesis. Required of all majors; open to concentrators and others by permission. Haverford: Humanities (HU)

Chinese Language Courses

CNSEH001A001 Intensive First-Year Chinese
Changchun Zhang
An intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. The development of oral-aural skills is integrated through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. Six hours a week of lecture and oral practice, plus individual conference. This is a year-long course, both semesters are required for credit.; Humanities (HU)

CNSEH101A001 Third-Year Chinese
Changchun Zhang
A focus on overall language skills through reading and discussion of modern short stories, as well as on students facility in written and oral expression through readings in modern drama and screenplays. Readings include representative works from the May Fourth Period (1919-27) to the present. Audio and videotapes of drama and films are used as study aids.; Prerequisite: Second-Year Chinese or permission of instructor.; Humanities (HU)

CNSEH201A001 Advanced Chinese: Language in Chinese Culture and Society
Shizhe Huang
Development of language ability in the areas of modern Chinese literature, history and/or philosophy. Speaking and reading skills are equally emphasized through a consideration of the intellectual, historical and social significance of representative works.; Prerequisite: Third-year Chinese or permission of instructor.; Humanities (HU)

CNSEH202B001 Advanced Chinese: Food in Chinese Culture
Shizhe Huang
Development of language ability in the areas of modern Chinese literature, history and/or philosophy. Speaking and reading skills are equally emphasized through a consideration of the intellectual, historical and social significance of representative works.; Prerequisite: First semester of fourth year Chinese or consent of the instructor.; Humanities (HU)

Japanese Language Courses

JNSEH001A001 First-Year Japanese (Intensive)
Tetsuya Sato
An introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. Six hours per week of lecture and oral practice. This is a year-long course; both semesters (001 and 002) are required for credit. Students must choose one Drill Session.; Humanities (HU)

JNSEH003A001 Second-Year Japanese
 Kimiko Benjamin, Minako Kobayashi
A continuation of first-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. Five hours per week of lecture and oral practice. This is not a year-long course. Students must choose one Drill Session.; Prerequisite: First-Year Japanese or equivalent.; Humanities (HU)

JNSEH101A001 Third-Year Japanese
Tetsuya Sato
A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; introduction to composition writing. Three hours of class, one hour of oral practice. Plus 1 hour of drill session.; Prerequisite: Second-Year Japanese or equivalent and consent of the instructor.; Humanities (HU)

JNSEH201A001 Advanced Japanese I
Kimiko Benjamin
Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores variety of genres and text types using authentic materials.; Prerequisite: Third-Year Japanese or equivalent and consent of the instructor.; Humanities (HU)