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East Asian Languages & Cultures Department (EALC)

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of China, Korea, and Japan from the premodern to contemporary periods.
September 20, 2007
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers both graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate (B.A.) programs. Through EALC’s B.A. programs, students are not only able to acquire systematic training in linguistic and cultural competence for effective communication in China, Japan, and Korea, but also able to acquire a better understanding of these countries. While students typically concentrate on one East Asian language and culture, they also take broader survey courses on East Asia as a cultural unit. Students may also elect to complete up to one year of their course work in East Asia through various study-abroad programs.  The relatively new Ph.D. program in EALC takes an original approach to East Asian studies. This program emphasizes interdisciplinary and innovative research while providing students with systematic training in East Asian languages, literatures, and cultures.
Located in Los Angeles, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California offers unparalleled access to institutional, cultural, and intellectual resources for the study of East Asia. Within the university, the department enjoys support from the East Asian Studies Center, the Korean Studies Institute, the USC School of Cinema Arts, the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, the Center for Feminist Research, the Center for Law, History, and Culture, and the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program. We also maintain close ties with other research universities and institutions in Southern California.
Taper Hall of Humanities, THH 356
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0357
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone: (213) 740-3707
Fax: (213) 740-9295
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March 27, 2019 - 4:30pm
Los Angeles, California

Michael Dunne, author of American Wheels: Chinese Roads, will focus on General Motors in China since 1989. The discussion will be followed by a short introduction to the Mark L. Moody collection at the USC East Asian Library. 

April 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a screening of an episode of the Assignment: China series on American media coverage of China. This episode focuses on the work of journalists covering the massive demonstrations that rocked Beijing in spring 1989. Followed by a Q&A with USCI's Mike Chinoy, who covered the demonstrations for CNN.