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EALC is committed to excellence in teaching, research, public service and outreach. We offer small- and medium-sized classes and provide individualized advising to all students, especially to Chinese and Japanese majors and minors. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, EALC also offers exciting opportunities for students to study abroad, do internships, and receive guidance in research for independent studies and honors theses. Moreover, we encourage students to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities that enhance their learning experience and increase their understanding of Chinese and Japanese cultures.   

EALC takes pride in its outstanding faculty in Chinese and Japanese, including leading scholars with important publications in English and Asian languages. Their work is recognized not only in the United States and Europe but also in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. They have published prize-winning books, sat on editorial boards of major journals in their fields, and received numerous prestigious grants from organizations including the Fulbright Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Rockefeller Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Japan Foundation, and Harvard-Yenching Institute.   

China is the world's second largest economy and Japan is the third largest. Both have a long, refined traditional culture and an internationally renowned popular culture. Each program attracts close to two thousand students every year from all departments to take EALC courses in language, literature, theater, film, and religion. Many choose to major--or double-major--in Chinese or Japanese.

Over the years our graduates have successfully pursued a broad range of careers, in law, business, education, international relations, among others, in the United States and Asia. The language skills and cultural literacy that they have acquired at UC Davis are essential to their success in the local and the global spheres. 

News and Events

This year's Chinese Language & Culture Day was a great success! The celebration was presented by the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department and co-sponsored by the UC Davis Confucius Institute. Click the news item title to see videos of all the different performances during this special occasion!
Japan Student Day on May 1, 2014 was an exciting event with several hundred attending and all having a great time. Click the above link to see the full story!
During the Special Summer Session, Chinese and Japanese will each be offering an Accelerated Intensive Elementary Program, which will cover the entire elementary series of the language (courses 1, 2, and 3). In addition, in Summer Session I, students can also take Chinese 120: Advanced Readings and Discussion (taught in Chinese) and Japanese 109: Japanese Popular Culture (taught in English). See the Summer Sessions 2014 pages for each program to see what is on offer this summer! (for direct links, click on the news item title to see the full announcement)
UPDATE: Winners are announced!!! The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce the first Annual Photo Contest. Share your best photos with the EALC community and the campus as a whole and win a prize!
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures congratulates all of its Fall 2013 graduates! Click the link to see who walked at the graduation ceremony.

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