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East Asian Languages and Literatures Department Newsletter

 A Guide to EALL News and Events

November 2012

Chair Greeting

Korean Linguistics Courses Offered

New Course--Chinese Drama

Luther Rice Fellowship

Jiangsu Cup

Student Achievements

Korea Summer Study Reports

20th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium

Dr. Yunkyoung Kang

Thank You for Your Support

Upcoming Events
GW Digital Humanities Symposium
Friday, January 25-Saturday, January 26, 2013
Rome Hall 771, GWU


Jonathan Chaves, Professor of Chinese, was a featured speaker at the symposium, Decoding Chinese Calligraphy, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Oct. 13, 2012. This event was held in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition (later to travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) of masterworks of Chinese calligraphy from the collection of Jerry Yang, co-founder of Prof. Chaves also contributed one of the chapters in the catalogue, on the theme of poetry about calligraphy in China. Prof. Chaves' talk has been posted online under "Startled Birds and Angry Dragons." Prof. Chaves' picture was taken at Huang shan (Yellow Mountains) in front of epigraphic inscriptions in the living rock, one of the topics of his presentation.

Shoko Hamano, Professor of Japanese and International Affairs, read a paper entitled "Identifying and teaching Japanese mimetic verbs," which she co-wrote with Dr. 
Takashi Sugahara, a visiting scholar from Japan, at the Czuczor-Fogarasi Conference in Budaörs, Hungary on October 7, 2012. This conference was an attempt to solicit insights from scholars working on languages that are typologically similar to Hungarian. In the picture, Prof. Hamano (center) is with a Basque and a Hungarian linguists with the backdrop of the Donau (Danube) and the Buda castle.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs, presented papers and invited talks in China and Korea: “ch’ulp’anmunhwa k’ont’enchŭ segyehwae issŏsŏ ‘k’oriana’ŭi sŏngkwa wa kwaje (Achievements and tasks of Koreana in terms of its contents as a global publication),” symposium on the Suggestions for Globalizing Publications of Korea as a Middle Power, the Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea, October 19, 2012;  “A Syntactic and Pragmatic Analysis of Subject Honorification,” the 18th International Conference of Korean Linguistics and the Xuzhou Conference on Linguistic Sciences, Hosted by Jiangu Normal University School of Linguistic Sciences, Xuzhou, China, July 5-8, 2012; 2012; (invited talk) “Linguistic and Cultural Negotiation in Translating Modern Korean Fiction into English: A Case Study,” Graduate School, Yanbian University, Yanji, China, July 11, 2012; (invited talk) “글로벌시대한국어문화의정체성, kŭllobŏl sidae han’gug-ŏ munhwa ŭi chŏngch’esŏng (Korean linguistic and cultural identity in a global era)” College of Korean Studies, Yanbian University, Yanji, China, July 10, 2012; (invited talk)  Quest for Identity: Korean Language and Culture in Changing Contexts,” Shanghai University, China, July 4, 2012. 
In this picture Prof. Kim-Renaud is on top of the Paektu Mountain (called Changbaishan in China) with her host, Prof. Yuming Piao, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Yanbian University, who spent a year with us in the EALL Department as a senior Fulbright scholar. Behind them we can see North Korea.

Phyllis Zhang, Associate Professor of Chinese and International Affairs: "Developing Chinese Fluency: Help Intermediate Learners Make Significant Strides in Speaking and Writing Skills," workshop at the 2012 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Philadelphia Convention Center, November 17, 2012.

Alex Huang, Associate Professor of English, of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and of Theatre and Dance, recently gave keynote, plenary, and invited lectures on digital humanities, modern Chinese and Sinophone literary humor, female agency in Shakespearean tragedies, and intercultural theatre at 
the University of Western Australia, Perth; Academia Sinica Institute of European and American Studies, Tsukuba University in Tokyo, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Folger Library, Australian National University, Canberra, Curtin University (Perth, Australia), Asia Bookroom, Canberra, University of Victoria, Canada, City University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. His talk at Maryland coincided with the staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream, co-produced by UMD and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (Beijing). Prof. Huang also made two guest appearances on BBC World Services on April 24, 2012, BBC The Strand: Shakespeare Special (51 minutes) and BBC The Strand: Alex Huang on Shakespeare (18 minutes).

Three Chinese faculty members made presentations at The First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language (MICCSL1), UMD, Nov. 11-12, 2012:
•     Xiaoning Chen, Visiting Teaching Fellow, "美国大学初级中文教师的知与能Meiguo Daxue Chuji Zhongwen Jiaoshi de Zhishi yu Nengli (Teachers' Knowledge and Skills in College-Level Beginning Chinese Courses in the US)"
•     Hongyuan Dong, Teaching Assistant Professor of Chinese, "Two nominalization approaches and the acquisition of the attributive de-phrase"
•     Miaochun Wei, Teaching Instructor of Chinese, "The Hidden Curriculum of Chinese as a Foreign Language Textbooks at College-Level in the United States" Book

Alexander Huang authored the book Weltliteratur und Weltheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung [World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization] (Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-8376-2207-2).


Other Publications

Liana Chen, assistant professor of Chinese: guest-edited and wrote an introduction to a special issue on "Cultural Translation, East Asia and the World" for the Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies 9.1 (June 2012).

Young-Key Kim-Renaud, authored “Modern Korean,” in Nicolas Tranter (ed.), The Languages of Japan and Korea, London and New York: Routledge. 123-167, 2012.

Miok Pak, teaching assistant professor of Korean, co-authored with Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale U.) and Paul Portner (Georgetown U.) "A syntactic analysis of interpretive restrictions on imperative, promissive, and exhortative subjects," Natural Language & Linguistic Theory: Volume 30, Issue 4 (2012): 1231-1274. (Springer Online DOI: 10.1007/s11049-012-9176-2)

Timothy Quinn, BA '12, our former speech contest winner, authored an article based on his speech in the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition.

Julian Panero authored an article based on his speech in the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition.

Liana Chen: Research grant from Sigur Center for Asian Studies to conduct research on Qing Court Theater in Beijng: $4,190; Research grant, Columbian College Facilitating Fund for writing up two chapters of planned monograph, $6,250.
Alexander Huang, along with his Canadian collaborator (PI, Michael Best) at the University of Victoria: a five-year CAD $ 208,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to work on editing Shakespeare's King Lear. Michael Best (PI; Victoria), Alexander Huang (GW), Andrew Griffin (C Santa Barbara), and Lynne Bradley (Toronto) will produce a fully digital edition of Lear for the Internet Shakespeare Editions (; founded in 1991); an individual grant from Stiftung Mercator (Mercator Foundation in Essen, Germany) for his new book on world literature which has just been published.
Young-Key Kim-Renaud, chair of EALL, received a summer research grant of $4,000 from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies (GW) to conduct research on "Contemporary Use of Honorification in Korea and Northeastern China."


Alex Huang: Interviewed by the National Supercomputing Center at the University of Western Australia, Perth, about his digital research project "Global Shakespeares" on June 29, 2012 and by Voice of America on the most recent Nobel laureate for literature, Mo Yan, on October 11, 2012.

Three EALL faculty members were nominated for GW teaching awards: Young-Key Kim-Renaud for the Trachtenberg Teaching Award; Mitsuyo Sato for the Bender Teaching Award, and Miaochun Wei for the Bender Teaching Award

Greetings from the Chair
Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Dear colleagues, students, alumni, and friends of East Asian Languages and Literatures,

It is my honor and great privilege to send you the third East Asian Languages and Literatures Department Newsletter. We are always thankful for your interest in staying in touch with us and in seeing us grow and prosper. Our students and faculty have been busy since last spring. We have traveled, studied, and lectured in different corners of the world, received various awards, conducted and published research, and have been interviewed by the media. As always, we want to know how you have been doing. Please share with us your own news items and send us reports on your activities, reflections, wisdom, and aspirations. On behalf of the entire EALL family I wish you a beautiful and joyful end of the semester and a prosperous and fruitful new year. 

New Courses in Korean Linguistics
KOR 3123/4--Korean Linguistics I & II
Starting this fall, EALL is offering two new courses in Korean linguistics. With these two new courses, which are already popular among our students, GW's EALL Department stands out as one of very few East Asian Studies departments where students can learn the Korean language as an object of scientific inquiry. Until now we have offered only Chinese linguistics courses. 

These courses are designed for students who are interested in how human language works with special interest in the Korean language. This course will offer groundwork for the structure of Korean in light of cross-linguistic universals and variations. As a G-PAC course, it aims to cultivate students’ intellectual growth by facilitating development of analytical skills, critical thinking, and cross-cultural perspective in analyzing linguistic phenomena. In the course of the study of the linguistic system of Korean, students will understand and apply basic concepts in general linguistic theory and analytical methods, and will engage in the discussion and evaluation of basic issues in Korean linguistics. The course is conducted in English.

The EALL Department is well positioned to teach Korean linguistics courses, having two full-time theoretical linguists working with Korean, Professors Young-Key Kim-Renaud and Miok Pak.

New Course in Chinese Drama and Theatre
Chinese 3173: Chinese Drama and Theatre
The most recent General Education Curriculum (GPAC) course proposal for Chin 3173 (Chinese Drama and Theatre)  was approved. This course is taught by Prof. Liana Chen, who is an expert on the topic.

CHIN 3173 (Chinese Drama and Theatre) is a multimedia-enhanced course, which introduces students to the dramas and theatrical genres of China in both their traditional and contemporary iterations. The course presupposes little or no knowledge of Chinese language, culture, or history. Students will be introduced to the history of Chinese theatre, the aesthetics of theatrical performances, as well as works of representative playwrights in major dramatic genres.The historical and cultural background will be presented in chronological order, allowing students to develop an in-depth understanding of major literary and aesthetic trends.By examining dramatic literature in its cultural context, students will investigate such topics as the relation between theatrical performances and ritual practice, gender identities,the relation between nationalism and performative identity, and cross-cultural exchange through theatre.Towards the end of the semester, students will be able to discuss the dissemination and transformation of traditional Chinese cultural and ethical values from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) to the 21st century. They will develop the ability to conduct independent research on the primary text, and to evaluate the significance of the works in a cross-cultural, comparative context.
Class work includes lectures or presentations by the instructor but emphasizes student participation through means such as guided discussions, student-led class discussions, and skits and oral presentations. Through individual and collaborative analytical exercises, students will become familiar with a number of critical terms used in literary analysis and develop the skills to interpret the major features of Chinese drama and theatre.
With this new addition, the EALL course offering is enriched and diverse. 

Chinese Major, Vivian Young, Awarded a Prestigious Grant
Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowship
Our Chinese major, Vivian Young, was awarded a Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowship, a prestigious undergraduate research grant given for undergraduate student research “carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor.” Vivian used the $5000 award to conduct research on 金庸's martial arts novels in Taiwan this past summer. In the award notification letter, CCAS Associate Dean Daniel Ullman said, “We received many excellent proposals and so you should be very proud of the fact that yours was selected. Congratulations!” 

Vivian said, "My research on the martial arts novel The Condor Heroes by Jin Yong is aimed at analyzing current views on Chinese morality and traditional society. Martial arts novels are a big part of modern Chinese popular literature, and they are also influential in the global understanding of Chinese culture. The martial arts genre presents a new take on traditional society and teachings to a population that is becoming increasingly disconnected from its cultural history. My goal is to gain insight into how Jin Yong presents ancient China in his novels, and how that influences contemporary Chinese culture and people's reception of traditional morals.
"I will spend my summer reading the novel and researching historical and cultural background of the novel in Taiwan and China. I will put my project together in the fall, and present my findings during a poster session held by the George Washington University in Spring of 2013." 

We are very proud of Vivian and look forward to reading about the results of her research. We also congratulate and thank her mentor, Professor Liana Chen, for her advice and time devoted to encouraging and helping student research.  

GW Students Earn Top Honors in Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest Awards!
Once again GW hosted the 2012 "Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest” in the Greater D.C. area. Sponsored by the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center, Nanjing University in China, and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW in the U.S., the contest was open to undergraduate students studying Chinese in institutions of higher education in the area. The five GW contestants all won--five out of the six highest prizes:

Each Gold Award winner will be offered a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree at Nanjing University.

Advanced Finalists:
  • Julian Panero,  (安居礼), majoring in Economics and Chinese Language and Literature, George Washington University
  • Todd Morrill, (孟天达), majoring in business, George Washington University
Each Silver Award winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Jiangsu Province for eight days in summer 2013.

Intermediate-Intermediate High Finalists:
  • Andrew Chester, (齐思源), majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, George Washington University
  • Mark Timms, (田若可), majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, George Washington University
Advanced Finalists:
  • Brian Waidelich, (魏白), George Mason University
  • Ian Everhart, (何忆安), majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, George Washington University
The remaining seven contestants received Bronze Awards. Four were from Georgetown, two from UVA, and one from American University. Seven major media agencies came to cover our event, including New China News Agency (新华社), CCTV (中国中央电视台), China Daily (人民日报), and AACNTV (美国华视), among others. Our winners were interviewed by all these media outlets, which was great experience for our students! Click here to read the coverage of the Jiangsu Cup by Xinhua.

Professor Phyllis Zhang, who was in charge of organizing the contest, said “I'm extremely grateful for our Hanban visitors for a well-organized team work in coaching our contestants and generously offering their assistance in the Contest Committee's work. Their hard work, talent, and strong support have contributed greatly to the success of our Chinese program as well as the Jiangsu Cup Contest!” 

Our heartfelt congratulations go to all our champions who brought honor to GW as well as to themselves, but also to our gifted and extremely devoted Chinese language faculty. At the end of the contest, Caleb, our distinguished former student who served as our co-host again this year, was truly impressed by the progress our program has made, as he reminisced about three years ago. He said, "The Chinese Program should be really really proud!"  And we are! Read more.

Other Student Achievements
  • Elizabeth Barrett, an ESIA student: Awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Chinese in Xi'an, China, during the summer of 2012.
  • Emmett Morse, double majoring in Chinese and Economics: Has been interning for a research internship program at The U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC), Washington DC, since fall 2011.
  • Cristina Rios (Ke Shiting), graduated this spring with a Chinese major. She is now the Rosenberg Teaching Fellow at Cheshire Academy, CT. As the Mandarin II teacher there, Cristina is in charge of teaching one Mandarin course, designing a syllabus for Mandarin students who have taken one year of basic Mandarin, and producing tests and quizzes for evaluating student progress and Chinese proficiency. She also helps redesign the Chinese Language curricula for all offered Chinese classes (CHIN1-4) to ensure that they are streamlined from one level to the next.
  • David Thompson: Started to work for NorCap China Internships in the position of campus representative since fall 2011.  NorCap is a company that helps place potential applicants find personalized internships in Beijing.
  • Sarah Tynen, a Chinese program alumna: Admitted into the Ph.D. program in geology at University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Ran Wei: Won a prize in a Chinese language speech contest sponsored by the Alliance’s Fudan University program in Shanghai with her work entitled “China through My Eyes.”
  • Geirrlon Dunn, a Japanese major: currently studying at Nanzan University in Japan, received an OCA summer internship in 2012.
  • Aaron Freidus, a 4th year Japanese major: selected as a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Yun Han, a Japanese Minor, was accepted into the MA program of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
  • Stewart Pagan, a Japanese Major: Interned at the Japanese Embassy's Japan Information and Culture Center.
  • Heather Gilbert, a Korean Minor: Received a Kyung Hee University Fellowship for the summer, 2012.
  • Samuel Moon, Korean Minor: Accepted to many prestigious graduate schools of East Asian Programs. Decided to advance to Georgetown's Asian Studies Program.
  • Ann Rhee, a Korean Minor: Library of Congress for the Junior Fellows Internship with a possible project detail interest in Korea as an Area Study.
  • Fei Wang (graduate student who did an Independent Study with Prof. Young-Key Kim-Renaud in fall 2011) made a presentation on “Chinese Mahayana Buddhism,” GW Buddhism Symposium. October 8, 2011; interned at the Award International Inc. (Dr. Diane Tai, CEO), where he combined academic and practical experience to work for self-improvement and for the Asian community in DC.

Summer Study Reports from Korea
HongQian Zhu
“So far, I really enjoy studying abroad in Korea and taking classes at Yonsei University. Yonsei has a beautiful campus and diverse student population. I have met many new friends who are mainly exchange students from the West coast and international   tudents from all over the world. Studying abroad in Korea is a great experience and it definitely challenges me on a personal level. I am really glad that I have taken Korean back at GWU before coming to Korea. I am able to start basic conversations with people and manage to find my ways around in Korea. Spending a summer is Korea has improved my Korean listening and speaking skills. Whether I consciously realize it or not, I have developed a greater self-confidence, independence, and self-reliance. “

Janice Kim “I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Korea. I was part of an international summer program for five weeks at Ewha Womans University, where I took two classes for 3 credits each- Korean Cinema and Korean Art History. The campus itself was beautiful! Right in front of the main gate, there is a relatively new building complex that has won numerous architectural awards and is the designated main "tourist" attraction of Ewha. Right outside of the campus are many cafes, clothes stores, hair salons, and restaurants to satisfy the cravings of the notoriously picky Ewha students. Because of that, I was in the "center of it all" since nearly everything I needed was within a 2 minute walking distance. 

"The program itself is fantastically designed to give students maximum exposure to Seoul. Every Friday, we go on a field trip to places such as the Folk Village and Everland. I have included a few pictures of my time there ^^ [of which the editor chose the one from Ewha, YK]. Also, though the program is small, it is very diverse. Thus, I was able to become friendly with nearly everyone in the program and make deep friendships with people from California to Brazil to Hong Kong, etc. It was an extremely rewarding experience to explore my motherland and see it through the eyes of a normal Korean college student, make lasting friendships, and create unforgettable memories!”

The 20th HMS Colloquium Receives Accolades
The annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities had its 20th meeting on the GW campus on October 13, 2012.

The theme of the Colloquium was a Century of Modern Korean Literature. Distinguished scholars and prize-winning authors discussed Korean literature that has flourished through the tumultuous history of modern Korea. The highlight of this year's event was a dialog between literary scholars, Kyeong-Hee Choi, University of Chicago; Theodore Hughes, Columbia University; Yung-Hee Kim, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Ji-Eun Lee, Washington University in St. Louis; Youngju Ryu, University of Michigan, and three prominent Korean authors, Hye-kyung Lee, Jung-hee Oh, and Sae-young Oh, and the Washington audience.  

On the eve of the Colloquium, the Korean authors spoke at a special event hosted at the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy.

The Colloquium, for which 160 people signed up, received wide coverage by the Korean media, both in DC and in Korea:
The HMS Colloquium series provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean humanities in the context of East Asia and the world. The series was created by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook, one of Korea’s most honored writers, to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity and commitment to education. The 20th HMS colloquium is co-organized with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea and co-sponsored by GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Institute for Ethnographic Research, and the Korean Cultural Center of the Korean Embassy.  Read more.

Yunkyoung Kang Received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University
Our Loyal and Competent Part-time Faculty Reaches an Important Landmark.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Yunkyoung Kang, lecturer in Korean, on her successful achievement of her PhD degree at Georgetown University in August 2012. Her dissertation title was "Cognitive Linguistics Approach to Semantics of Spatial Relations in Korean." It investigated the complex semantic system of Korean spatial markers following a cognitive linguistics perspective. Dr. Kang has been a valued part-time instructor at GW since August 2005. Yunkyoung Kang is shown far right at her defense with her advisors including Prof. Kim-Renaud (second from right).

Thank you for your Support!
Gifts to the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures allow us to provide support for faculty and student research and travel, and academic enrichment activities including guest speakers, visiting faculty, and symposia. Each gift, no matter how large or small, makes a positive impact on our educational mission and furthers our standing as one of the best places to study East Asia at one of the world's preeminent universities. Your material as well as spiritual support encourages us to do what we love to do with even more enthusiasm, but it crucially provides new opportunities for us to realize our dreams and aspirations. Most importantly, it is wonderful to know that there are so many people who care about our work and regard our successes as their own.

You can make your gift to the Department in a number of ways:
  • Securely online at  Just choose “other” under designation and type in the name of the department. 
  • By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University and with the name of the department in the memo line, to:
            The George Washington University
            2100 M Street NW, Suite 310
            Washington, DC  20052
Currently there are the following funds that help us achieve excellence in our research, teaching, and activities:

  • East Asian Languages And Literatures
  • Korean Language & Culture Program Fund
  • East Asian Languages & Literatures-Research Enhancement Incentive
  • East Asian Languages-Education & Research Fund
  • Young-Key Kim-Renaud Endowed Fund for Korean Language and Literature
  • Korean Language & Culture Prize
  • Hahn Moo-Sook Fund for the Korean Humanities
  • The Sejong Scholarship Fund
In addition to these lists, we are in the process of establishing "EALL AWARDS" for two graduating seniors who have shown extraordinary achievement and personal character. Our goal is to establish an endowment fund for this purpose. However, we value the gift of any amount, which will be a clear endorsement of our effort to recognize exceptional students.   Give now 



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