East Asian Studies is one of the largest and most interdisciplinary fields of study at Oberlin, focusing on the region that includes China, Japan, and Korea. Students study languages coupled with East Asian history, literature, religion, art history, politics, and anthropology.

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Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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2016 EAS Faculty and Staff
EAS Faculty and Staff

Students who yearn to understand and discover the world beyond the U.S. borders, the Internet, or popular culture should consider the language program at Oberlin. One of the largest and most diverse academic programs at the college is the East Asian Studies Program. Its ties to China date to the late 19th century when graduates began to study and work there. More recently, students from China, Japan, and Korea have come to Oberlin to pursue a liberal arts education in an environment that celebrates East Asian languages, cultures, and history.

East Asian studies is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs at the college. Majors take courses in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, and East Asian history, literature, religion, art history, politics, and anthropology. Many students double major, pairing the program with biology, music, neuroscience, or chemistry.

Upcoming East Asian Studies Events

East Asian Studies News

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Japanese Language and Lacrosse

July 20, 2018
A love of Japanese culture and language led Kinori Rosnow ’17 to live, work, and play lacrosse in Japan.
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Examining East Asian Book Technologies and Formats

May 9, 2018
Designed by library staff members Ed Vermue and Runxiao Zhu and curated by students in the course East Asian Book Cultures, an exhibit about East Asian book technologies and formats was recently showcased in the main library.