East Asian Studies Program

East Asian Studies is a closely coordinated, interdepartmental program representing seven departments and eight disciplines. It offers some fifty courses, ranging from art to economics, culminating in a minor that may be focused upon either China or Japan.  Interested students are encouraged to study abroad in East Asia.



Winter Term 2016:

LIT 221, Japanese Writers of the Millennium, 1:25-2:20 MWF

LIT 218, Pre-Modern Chinese Literature in Translation, 2:30-3:55 MW 


The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Spring 2016. [mid to late January to mid-May.]  Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The Cultural Importance of the Tea Bowl, A Venerated Tradition in Japan.
Mr. Toshio OHI, 11th-generation descendant of the illustrious Ohi family of potters in the city of Kanazawa, will be giving a talk at Washington and Lee University on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10 am-11 am in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library. Following the lecture from around 11:00 am, the Chanoyu Tea Society of W&L will be serving sweets and tea in the Senshin'an Tea Room (洗心庵), a tea room named by Sen Genshitsu Daisosho (Watson Pavilion). This talk is sponsored by East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Scholarships Available to Study Intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis this Summer with the ALLEX Foundation