News and Events
Our very own Professor Joseph Sorensen featured in an interview with the First Generation Initiative! Read More
Our very own Department Chair and Professor Michael Foster is one of the winners of the first annual Association for Asian Studies photo contest! Read More
The Japanese Speech Contest in the Greater Sacramento Area was held on 4/27 in Sacramento: 6 high-school students and 8 College/University students participated.
Yumo Guo (who is in JPN 113) won the Second Prize, and Xiting Zhuang (who took 4th yr Japanese) won the First Prize in the College/University Division. The title of Yumo-san's speech was「趣味の力」"The Power of Interest." In her speech, she talked about a volunteer experience where she utilized her interests in computers and design to help others.
The title of Xiting-san's speech was 「自分にのために意見を持つべき」"Think for Yourself." In her speech, she talked about how she has been just following her parents' suggestions/decision. However, she came to the realization that she needs to have own opinion in order to create "her" future. Read More
Professor Michael Dylan Foster was recently invited to a round table discussion on the utility of the folkloresque for addressing folklore themes as they appear in film, media, and popular culture. The event began with an introduction to the folkloresque by Prof. Foster, followed by a discussion of related student work. Read More
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Outstanding Chinese and Japanese Majors!
Award recipients include:
Gabriella Quattrone (Outstanding Senior for the Japanese major)
Crystal Shao (Outstanding Senior for the Chinese major)
Kaitlyn Goudy (Japanese peer advisor, Outstanding Senior for the East Asian Studies major)
The recipients were joined by Professors Xiaomei Chen, Michael D. Foster, David, J. Gundry, and Michiko Suzuki of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. Read More
Professor Michiko Suzuki has been awarded the 2019-20 Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Research (Long-Term) Fellowship. This is a prestigious fellowship in the field of Japan studies that enables recipients to conduct long-term research in Japan. She will be in Japan for six months in 2020 working on her book about the representation of kimonos in modern Japanese literature and film. Read More
Professor Michael D. Foster was invited to be one of three speakers at a workshop organized by graduate students at the Stanford University Ho Center for Buddhist Studies. He will be speaking about demons in Japanese ritual, and there will also be talks about demons and Buddhism in China and Tibet. Read More
Along with other prominent scholars of Tokugawa literature, Professor David Gundry was invited by the Rutgers University department of Asian Languages and Cultures to speak in their Saikaku Bakin Symposium. Read More
Professors Joseph Sorensen and Nobuko Koyama, along with 25 current, former, and future JCHIP interns hosted three visiting Japanese children's home directors. Read More
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Davis is fortunate to be able to award scholarships to students traveling to Japan for internship or study. This year we are offering five awards of US $600 each. Applications and selection occur in the Winter quarter for travel any time during that calendar year. JCHIP and Kyoto Quarter Abroad participants are especially encouraged to apply, but students involved in other programs judged to have merit will be given equal consideration. Scholarships take the form of reimbursement after returning from abroad. Read More
Chinese major Van Nguyen wins a scholarship to attend Chinese Bridge summer camp. Read More
Professor Foster interviewed about supernatural spirits and monsters in Japanese folklore!
Our own Dr. Foster recently spoke on a “Meiji at 150” Podcast, a project of the University of British Columbia to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration in Japan. Read More
Article submitted by UCD Japanese Culture and Language Connection (JLCC) Vice President & 17th Japanese Student Day Committee Chair Yumiko Yoshida Read More
On Wednesday May 30th, the Chinese Drama Club will be performing *Forging for Fiction *弄真成假*: *a romantic comedy written by the 1940s female playwright Yang Jiang 杨绛. Read More
The Annual Japanese Speech Contest in Greater Sacramento was held in Sacramento on April 28, 2018, and Blair Huang, a double major in history and Japanese, won first prize in the College Students division. A total of 12 students from four universities competed, and Blair was the clear favorite. Read More