East Asian Languages


You Speak What?

Within the classrooms of Harvard’s smallest language classes, a wide mix of people work to grasp the unfamiliar sounds and systems of a language that few of their classmates will ever understand.


Art & Humanities

Wai-yee Li, a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, discusses her experiences in the Humanities with freshmen and sophomores as part of a dinner series hosted by the Office of Career Services.


Professor First to Translate Chinese Poet's Complete Works

University Professor Stephen Owen completed an eight-year-long project to translate Chinese poet Du Fu’s 1,400 poems into English, aiming to make the works more accessible.


Fairbank Center Forms Student Group, Citing Interest in China

Members of the newly-formed Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Student Advisory Committee met for the first time this week to discuss how to increase undergraduate involvement at the Center.


The Humanities at Work

The universe of higher education often bemoans a "crisis" in the humanities, with supposedly dwindling numbers and few job prospects. At Harvard, humanities concentrators face a crisis of choice, attempting to balance their passions with factors like stability and employment. For Harvard graduates, the question is not so much whether you’ll get a job with a humanities degree—it’s where.


Students at teamLab Exhibition

Saad Amer ’16 touches the Chinese and Japanese characters on the walls of the exhibit, which interact with images generated from other characters to create unique, evolving animations.


'What a Loving and Beautiful World' Brings Digital Art to Radcliffe

The contemporary Japanese artistic collective teamLab sets out to push the bounds of media art with its multimedia installation "What a Loving and Beautiful World."


Elliott Draws on Scholarship as International Affairs​​ Provost

Colleagues say East Asian Languages and Civilizations professor Mark Elliott provides valuable expertise to Harvard's global outreach.


Changing the Channel

Athena P. Bowe ’15 presents her senior thesis in Quincy House on Wednesday evening entitled, “Changing the Channel: A Study of Audience Reception and Identity Formation of University Students in Shanghai.”


Changing Channels

Athena P. Bowe ’15 presents her senior thesis in Quincy House on Wednesday evening entitled, “Changing the Channel: A Study of Audience Reception and Identity Formation of University Students in Shanghai.”


Learning with Experienced Speakers, Non-Native Language Students Face Challenges

While several languages at Harvard offer separate tracks for more experienced speakers, others do not divide students into different tracks, leaving some students struggling to catch up to their more experienced peers.


Little Space in Offices at Bryant St.

Around 40 instructors and administrators share office space in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations offices at 5 Bryant Street, often four or five to one bedroom-size room. The department previously requested space upgrades.


East Asian Languages and Civilizations Housed at 5 Bryant St.

Language offices in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations are housed in a re-purposed residential home at 5 Bryant Street. Department administrators said the space does not have the capacity to accommodate approximately 40 instructors and administrators.


Exploring Identity: The Asian American Experience at Harvard

While last year’s “I, Too, Am Harvard” focused on identity and belongingness on a multiracial campus, Harvard’s AAPI students will also examine these concepts within the context of their own community.


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