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Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies

Leaders with Heart must understand a wide range of global forces to effectively navigate our rapidly changing interconnected world. What better way to develop these insights than by building an awareness of the business, religious, linguistic and cultural practices of one of the most influential areas in the world.  

Distinguish yourself as a leader who can bridge North American and East Asian organizations. Develop the cultural sensitivity and foundational understanding about how different perspectives can be balanced to motivate action and achieve economic and social good.  

At Huron you’ll find a highly flexible program featuring small, intimate classes, personalized coaching and opportunities for imaginative, independent research and hands-on learning. So, prepare to become immersed in the beauty, complexity and intrigue of East Asia.

Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies Brochure

Alumni Stories

East Asian Studies have prepared our alumni for extraordinary success within a variety of careers. Employers look for people with the ability to analyze information, find creative solutions to problems and  effectively communicate their ideas: Graduates of this program of all of these skills - what's more, they're paired with a thorough understanding regarding the historical, cultural, linguistic and social influences that spur and halt change within and between cultures. 

Read stories about alumni from this exciting program, and learn how to distinguish yourself - personally and professionally - as a globally-focused Leader with Heart.

  • International experiences at Huron have shaped me into the person I am today
    Nicole Pyszka
    Japan Exchange
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  • I decided to study French because I wanted something that would set me apart from others when I graduated
    Julia Smith BA'18
    BA, French and Psychology
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  • The Liberal Arts teaches you to ask the right questions - not the easy ones. You learn to look at what is happening in the world, and you start to see different biases as your preconceived notions are turned on their heads
    Trevor Sookraj
    3rd year Honours Specialization Globalization Studies
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Program Options

Huron has developed strengths in Chinese and Japanese languages and literatures, as well as in more general studies of East Asian regions. These disciplines aim to help students see the world from another perspective, so they may actively participate in the globalization of the business world, government and community-focused sectors. Students who actively participate in this enriching learning experience will develop a greater awareness of other cultures that is demanded by our increasingly connected global village. 

Students can minor in Chinese and/or Japanese languages; in China (cultural) Studies; and/or Japan (cultural) Studies. They can also major or minor in East Asia Studies, an interdisciplinary program involving perspectives from the disciplines of history, political science, philosophy, literature, and others. 

Honors Specialization
Specialization
Major
Minor

The East Asia Studies Major helps students combine language courses at successive levels of study with courses in culture and literature and in social science approaches to understanding the area.

Major in East Asia Studies
Minor in East Asia Studies

Huron University College offers a variety of Japanese courses that provide opportunities for students to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge of Japan that will prepare them for a range of careers in the international arena. In the twenty-first century, the expanding global demands and dimensions of most fields will require people trained in languages and intercultural communication.

As the second-largest economy in the world, Japan will continue to play a crucial role in international affairs. Japanese studies at Huron equips students with the linguistic and cultural knowledge of Japan that they will need in such careers as international business, law, academics and others.

Minor in Japanese Studies
Minor in Japan Studies

The Chinese language program offers a balanced four-level program of listening, speaking, reading and writing standard Chinese. A primary goal is to provide a solid foundation in pronunciation, grammar, and proficiency in the four language skills in the first three levels. Courses at the fourth level serve to facilitate students attaining competence in reading authentic modern writings, with the aid of a dictionary.

For students who have attained fluency, elective courses are offered to explore specific aspects of Chinese language and culture, in film, business, literature, and communication.

Minor in Chinese Studies
Minor in Chinese Business Communications
Minor in China Studies

Professors

Learn from professors who have a deep knowledge of China, Japan and East Asia more broadly. This faculty comes together, from across the world, to lead students to a move fulsome understanding of these rich cultures, the societal foundations their built upon and the people who define them. This department is dedicated to incorporating critical thought, intensive research elements and interactive activities and community engagement projects to ensure students engage with well-rounded learning environments.

Take time to get to know the names and faces who will be supporting you every step of the way as you embark on an enriching exploration of East Asia.

  • I am so excited about the opportunity to teach students about Japan - its language, culture and people. Our community creates cross-cultural learning experiences - within and beyond the classroom - so Huron students are able to really engage with this unique place and its personalities, from half a world away. ...
    Rie Shirakawa
    Professor, Japanese Program
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  • Japan, with its aesthetic, cultural and social intricacies, is a beautiful place that Huron students have the opportunity to explore through our Japanese program
    Sawako Akai, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Japanese
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  • Asian Studies gives students the unique opportunity to learn about a beautiful culture - thousands of kilometres away - while learning critical thinking, creative writing and developing their global perspective
    Michiya Kawai, PhD
    Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Japanese Program
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  • My teaching aims to help students to increase their capacity and commitment to well-informed international and intercultural understanding
    Clare Gordon, PhD
    Assistant Professor & Co-ordinator, Chinese Program
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Chinese, Japanese and East Asia Studies Department

Full Time Faculty 

  • Dr. Mariana Ionescu, Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies, 519.438.7224 ext. 259, Rm A210
  • Dr. Clare Gordon, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Chinese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 228, Rm A11
  • Dr. Michiya Kawai, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Japanese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 330, Rm A214
  • Dr. Li Fang (Lucy) He, Assistant Professor, Chinese, Japanese & East Asia Studies, 519.438.7224 ext. 331, Rm A10
  • Dr. Akai Sawako, Assistant Professor, Japanese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 243
  • Ms. Rie Shirakawa, Professor, Japanese Program, 519.438.7224 ext.135, A9
  • Dr. Yan Lu, Assistant Professor, Chinese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 332, Rm A7

Part-time Faculty 

  • Dr. Guoyuan Liu, Professor, Chinese Program, 519.438.7224, Lucas House, Rm 1
  • Li Sun, Assistant Professor, Chinese Program, 519.438.7224, Lucas House, Rm 1

CJEAS Course Intro

Explore East Asia's role in the world! At Huron, you'll find a highly flexible program featuring small, intimate classes, personalized coaching and opportunities for imaginative, independent research and hands-on learning. Broaden your global perspectives, because to lead, you need a heart that understands the world. After your first year you can explore issues such as: Chinese cinema, women in Chinese society and business translation.

2018-2019 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

CHN 1150 Beginner's Chinese I

Lu

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CHN 1650G Perspectives on China

Gordon

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CHN 1651F Chinese Symbols & Icons

Liu

View course outline

CHN 2240F Understanding Chinese Business Culture I

Gordon

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CHN 2241G Understanding Chinese Business Culture II

Gordon

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CHN 2242F Representative Works in Traditional Chinese Literature

Lu

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CHN 2245F Cinema in the Chinese Mainland

He

550 outline/551 outline

CHN 2245G Cinema in the Chinese Mainland

He

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CHN 2246F Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong Kong

He

View course outline

CHN 2246G Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong Kong

He

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CHN 2247G Chinese Cities & Chinese Culture

Liu

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CHN 2250 Beginner's Chinese II

Sun

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CHN 2650F Fiction & Traditional Chinese Society

Lu

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CHN 2651G Fiction & Modern Chinese Society

Lu

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CHN 3340A Business Chinese I

Gordon

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CHN 3654G Trauma, Memory & Narrative

Liu

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CHN 3950G Special Topics in China Studies

Lu

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CHN 4440A Business Translation I

Gordon

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CHN 4441B Business Translation II

Gordon

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Japanese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

JPN 1050 Japanese I

Akai/Shirikawa

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JPN 1650F Perspectives on Japan 

White

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JPN 1650G Perspectives on Japan

White

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JPN 2250 Japanese II

Fukui/Akai

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JPN 2601A Cultural Foundations of Modern Japan

Kawai

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JPN 3350 Japanese III

Akai

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JPN 3650G Japan Through Film

Kawai

View course outline

JPN 4450 Japanese IV

Kawai

View course outline

 

2017-2018 Courses

 

Chinese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

CHN 1150 Beginners' Chinese I

He

View Course Outline

CHN 1151 Chinese I

Gordon

View Course Outline

CHN 1650F Perspectives on China 

Gordon

View Course Outline 

CHN 1651F Chinese Symbols and Icons

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2242F Representative Works
in Traditional Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2243F The Chinese Diaspora and
Its Literary Representation

Wu

View Course Outline

CHN 2244G Representative Works
in Modern Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2245F Chinese Cinema in
the Chinese Mainland

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2246G Chinese Cinema in
Taiwan and Hong Kong

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2247F Chinese Cities and Chinese Culture

Liu 

View Course Outline 

CHN 2250 Beginners' Chinese II

Sun

View Course Outline

CHN 3340A Business Chinese I

Gordon

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CHN 3341B Business Chinese II

Gordon

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CHN 3350 Chinese III

He

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CHN 3652F Chinese Discourse on Women and Gender Relations

Wu

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CHN 3653G Women in Chinese Society: Images in Literature

Wu

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CHN 4440A Business Translation I

Gordon

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CHN 4441B Business Translation II 

Gordon

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CHN 4452A Chinese IV

He

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CHN 4453B Chinese IV

He

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Japanese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

JPN 1050 Japanese I

Akai/Shirakawa/Ogata

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JPN 1650F Perspectives on Japan

White

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JPN 2250 Japanese II

Akai

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JPN 2601A The Cultural Foundations of Modern Japan

Kawai

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JPN 3350 Japanese III

Ogata

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JPN 3650G Japan Through Film

Kawai

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JPN 4450 Japanese IV

Kawai

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Chinese, Japanese and East Asain Studies Careers

East Asia Studies will prepare you for a variety of careers; employers today are looking for people with the ability to analyze information, to find creative solutions to problems and to effectively communicate their ideas. These skills are acquired when studying language and literature.

Where will a degree in East Asia Studies take you?
  • Teaching (Foreign Language in Canada)
  • Teaching (English in East Asia)
  • Graduate studies on East Asia
  • Interpreters/translators

 

 

  • Canadian and International Business (in East Asia)
  • NGOs
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Diplomatic services
  • Intelligence analyst 
  • Foreign services
  • Marketing
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Key Contacts

Clare Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor & Co-ordinator, Chinese Program
519.438.7224 ext. 228
cgordonuwo.ca
A11

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222
gread4huron.uwo.ca
A106

Mariana Ionescu, PhD

Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies
519.438.7224 ext. 259
mionesc2uwo.ca
A210

Michiya Kawai, PhD

Associate Professor and Co-ordinator, Japanese Program
519.438.7224 ext. 330
mkawaihuron.uwo.ca
A214

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281
sherry.fosteruwo.ca
A106

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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2018-2019 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

CHN 1150 Beginner's Chinese I

Lu

View course outline 

CHN 1650G Perspectives on China

Gordon

View course outline

CHN 1651F Chinese Symbols & Icons

Liu

View course outline

CHN 2240F Understanding Chinese Business Culture I

Gordon

View course outline

CHN 2241G Understanding Chinese Business Culture II

Gordon

View course outline

CHN 2242F Representative Works in Traditional Chinese Literature

Lu

View course outline

CHN 2245F Cinema in the Chinese Mainland

He

550 outline/551 outline

CHN 2245G Cinema in the Chinese Mainland

He

View course outline

CHN 2246F Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong Kong

He

View course outline

CHN 2246G Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong Kong

He

View course outline

CHN 2247G Chinese Cities & Chinese Culture

Liu

View course outline

CHN 2250 Beginner's Chinese II

Sun

View course outline

CHN 2650F Fiction & Traditional Chinese Society

Lu

View course outline

CHN 2651G Fiction & Modern Chinese Society

Lu

View course outline

CHN 3340A Business Chinese I

Gordon

View course outline

CHN 3654G Trauma, Memory & Narrative

Liu

View course outline

CHN 3950G Special Topics in China Studies

Lu

View course outline

CHN 4440A Business Translation I

Gordon

View course outline

CHN 4441B Business Translation II

Gordon

View course outline

Japanese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

JPN 1050 Japanese I

Akai/Shirikawa

View course outline

JPN 1650F Perspectives on Japan 

White

View course outline

JPN 1650G Perspectives on Japan

White

View course outline

JPN 2250 Japanese II

Fukui/Akai

View course outline

JPN 2601A Cultural Foundations of Modern Japan

Kawai

View course outline

JPN 3350 Japanese III

Akai

View course outline

JPN 3650G Japan Through Film

Kawai

View course outline

JPN 4450 Japanese IV

Kawai

View course outline

 

2017-2018 Courses

 

Chinese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

CHN 1150 Beginners' Chinese I

He

View Course Outline

CHN 1151 Chinese I

Gordon

View Course Outline

CHN 1650F Perspectives on China 

Gordon

View Course Outline 

CHN 1651F Chinese Symbols and Icons

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2242F Representative Works
in Traditional Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2243F The Chinese Diaspora and
Its Literary Representation

Wu

View Course Outline

CHN 2244G Representative Works
in Modern Chinese Literature

Liu

View Course Outline

CHN 2245F Chinese Cinema in
the Chinese Mainland

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2246G Chinese Cinema in
Taiwan and Hong Kong

He

View Course Outline

CHN 2247F Chinese Cities and Chinese Culture

Liu 

View Course Outline 

CHN 2250 Beginners' Chinese II

Sun

View Course Outline

CHN 3340A Business Chinese I

Gordon

View Course Outline

CHN 3341B Business Chinese II

Gordon

View Course Outline

CHN 3350 Chinese III

He

View Course Outline

CHN 3652F Chinese Discourse on Women and Gender Relations

Wu

View Course Outline

CHN 3653G Women in Chinese Society: Images in Literature

Wu

View Course Outline

CHN 4440A Business Translation I

Gordon

View Course Outline 

CHN 4441B Business Translation II 

Gordon

View Course Outline

CHN 4452A Chinese IV

He

View Course Outline

CHN 4453B Chinese IV

He

View Course Outline

Japanese Courses Offered

Course

Instructor

Course Outline

JPN 1050 Japanese I

Akai/Shirakawa/Ogata

View Course Outline

JPN 1650F Perspectives on Japan

White

View Course Outline

JPN 2250 Japanese II

Akai

View Course Outline

JPN 2601A The Cultural Foundations of Modern Japan

Kawai

View Course Outline

JPN 3350 Japanese III

Ogata

View Course Outline

JPN 3650G Japan Through Film

Kawai

View Course Outline

JPN 4450 Japanese IV

Kawai

View Course Outline