News and Events

Webinar Conversation | Yōkai Past and Present with Michael Dylan Foster and Zack Davisson

This webinar will be a lively conversation between two experts in yōkai, Michael Dylan Foster (Professor of Japanese, folklore and literature, UC Davis) and Zack Davisson (yōkai expert, author, translator of Mizuki Shigeru manga). Foster will examine the evolving roles of yōkai in Japanese history, folklore, literature and theater, focusing on some of the most important and well known examples of these supernatural creatures. Davisson will explore the influence of yōkai on modern-day manga, anime, video games and other aspects of modern Japanese culture. The conversation will be moderated by Meher McArthur, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Art and Cultural Director and curator of the exhibition NATURE/SUPERNATURE. Read More

Reading Kimonos in Modern Japanese Literature: The Case of Kōda Aya

Join us for the third session titled “Reading Kimonos in Modern Japanese Literature: The Case of Kōda Aya” with JF Former Fellow Dr. Michiko Suzuki, who will explore depictions of kimonos in modern Japanese literature. Focusing on the writer Kōda Aya (1904-90), this talk covers the ways kimonos serve critical roles in literary interpretation, as a unique means of communication between author and reader. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A moderated by Dr. Kimberly Kono. Read More

Welcome to Fall to Current and New Students

Welcome to Fall to Current and New Students

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in via our zoom links for drop in advising or make an appointment through https://appointments.ucdavis.edu/default.aspx?office=39, to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Read More

Welcome New Students

Welcome, to all new incoming and returning students, we’re excited for another great academic year with you. Please stop in to see your Undergraduate Academic Advisor. We have 2 new members of the undergraduate team, Lauren Wong and Vanessa Alvarez Read More

EALC Students Participate in Chinese and Japanese Speech Competitions!

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

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Outstanding Seniors!

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 Awarded Prestigious Japanese Studies Fellowship

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