Asian Studies

Your coursework will give you a global perspective and the tools to understand the events and issues of the day through the lens of the societies you study. Supportive faculty will encourage you to study abroad in distinguished programs.

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori, shown here teaching, is one of two professors who worked with Codi Reynolds ’17 on her summer research project. The other (not pictured) is Professor of Comparative Literature Nancy Rabinowitz.

A student’s synthesis: two majors, research and a video game

Codi Reynolds ’17, who majors in East Asian studies and comparative literature, found a way to weave sundry intellectual strands into a summer research project funded by the Kirkland Endowment. The research combined both her majors and her interest in gender and sexuality, fiction analysis and Japanese culture. She looked at how the video game “Persona 4” treats gender and sexuality. “’Persona 4’ is a Japanese game that has been both criticized and praised for its representation of LGBT+ characters,” says Reynolds, who worked on the project with two professors, one from comp lit and the other from Asian studies. Reynolds wants eventually to go to graduate school and find a job that allows her to continue working with literature and the Japanese language.

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Sarah Bither '13A graduate’s progress: teaching in Japan

Sarah Bither ’13, who works as an assistant teacher in Japan, is delving deep into Japanese culture. She’s taking tea ceremony and koto lessons.

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