Chinese language courses develop advanced communication skills through intensive language training, and provide a foundation for understanding cultural traditions of China. The literature in translation courses aim to foster an awareness and understanding of East Asian cultures through an interdisciplinary approach, introducing historical background; social, philosophical and political issues.
The department’s curricula provide solid disciplinary training, preparing students to meet the challenges in future graduate studies or in career development.
World Language FDR
One of the Foundation and Distribution Requirements at Washington and Lee is proficiency in a world language. The EALL Department offers coursework towards language proficiency in Chinese and Japanese.
Alumni of the EALL Department go on to enriching experiences and careers. Students have received fellowships like the Fulbright, Critical Language Scholarship, and Princeton in Asia Fellowship. They also go on to graduate school.
More to Explore
See the World
Beginning Chinese (Study Abroad)
East Asian Cinema
Intro to Business & Legal Chinese
Scenes from Chinese History
Chinese Export Porcelain & the China Trade
Meet the FacultyAt W&L, students enjoy small classes and close relationships with professors who educate and nurture.
Yanhong Zhu Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yanhong Zhu’s research interests include modern Chinese literature and culture, contemporary Chinese cinema, and Chinese language pedagogy. She teaches Chinese language courses at all levels as well as courses on modern Chinese literature and East Asian cinema.
Hongchu Fu Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Fu teaches courses in Chinese language ranging from the elementary to advanced level. He also teaches several courses in literature, such as Evolution of Chinese Fiction. His research pertains to pre-modern Chinese drama.
Ying Liu Chinese Instructor