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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 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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HONORS SPECIALIZATION
SPECIALIZATION
MAJOR
MINOR
Chinese 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.

China 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

East Asia Studies

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

Japanese 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.

Japan 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 Japan Studies

Professors

Learn from professors who have a deep knowledge of China and East Asia more broadly. This faculty comes together, from across the world, to lead students to a more fulsome understanding of these rich cultures, the societal foundations they are built upon, and the people who define them. This department is dedicated to incorporating critical thought, intensive research elements, 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 China.

  • I am so excited about the opportunity to teach students about Japan - its language, culture and people. Our community creates cross-cultural learning experiences so Huron students are able to really engage with this unique place and its personalities, from half a world away.
    Rie Shirakawa
    Lecturer, 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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  • Learn about the cultural, social and linguistic traits of one of the most influential powers in the world. Chinese Studies will help you to better understand what events and which people have most significantly shaped China’s extraordinary past, present - and, before long, future.
    Lifang (Lucy) He, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chinese Studies
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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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  • I teach Chinese literature and language with passion and academic rigor. I integrate comparative, cross-cultural perspectives into my teaching and provide stimulating intellectual space for a diverse body of students.
    Yan Lu, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Chinese
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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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East Asia Studies Faculty

Tenure-stream

  • Dr. Michiya Kawai, Chair & Associate Professor, French and Asian Studies, 519.438.7224 ext. 330, Rm A214
  • Dr. Sawako Akai, Assistant Professor, Japanese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 243, Rm A213
  • Dr. Yan Lu, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Chinese Program, 519.438.7224 ext. 332, Rm A7

Program sessional and per course instructors 

Chinese

Japanese

Professors Emeriti

East Asia Studies Courses

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.

2021 - 2022 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

Stream A: Basic Chinese Language Courses

Stream A courses are designed for students who wish to acquire or to develop the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They are open only to students who are functionally fluent in Chinese. To ensure the best academic experience based on the student’s language background, each student must apply to be placed in a Stream A course at an appropriate level and in the class best suited to them.

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
CHN 1150 – Beginners’ Chinese 1LuView course outline
CHN 1151 – Chinese 1GordonView course outline
CHN 2250 – Beginners’ Chinese 2HeView course outline
CHN 3350 – Chinese 3HeView course outline

The above courses require placement via the Chinese Placement Request Form, available here. Placement opens in June 2021.

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
CHN 3340A – Business Chinese 1GordonView course outline
CHN 3341B – Business Chinese 2GordonView course outline
CHN 4440A – Business Translation 1ZhangView course outline
CHN 4441B – Business Translation 2ZhangView course outline

Stream B: Courses on Chinese Culture and Literature taught in Chinese

These courses are designed for and accessible only to students whose basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are functionally fluent. Course instruction, activities, and readings help the student to prepare for certification or to explore specific aspects of Chinese language and culture through intense textual study, research, analysis, discussions and exercises.

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
CHN 2240F – Understanding Chinese Business Culture 1GordonView course outline
CHN 2241G – Understanding Chinese Business Culture 2GordonView course outline
CHN 2242F – Representative Works in Traditional Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline
CHN 2244G – Representative Works in Modern Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline
CHN 2245F – Cinema in the Chinese MainlandHeView course outline
CHN 2246G – Chinese Cinema in Taiwan and Hong KongHeView course outline
CHN 2247F – Chinese Cities and Chinese CultureLiuView course outline

Stream C: Courses on Chinese Culture and Literature taught in English

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
CHN 1650G – Perspectives on ChinaZhangView course outline
CHN 1651F – Chinese Symbols and IconsLiuView course outline
CHN 2601A – The Political & Socio-economic Foundations of Modern ChinaZhangView course outline
CHN 2602B – The Cultural Foundations of Modern ChinaLiuView course outline
CHN 2650G – Fiction and Traditional Chinese SocietyZhangView course outline
CHN 3655G – Chinese Theatre and CultureLiuView course outline
CHN 3951G – Special Topic: Chinese Literature as World LiteratureLuView course outline
CHN 3952F – Special Topic: Imagining the World in Modern China ZhangView course outline

Japanese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
JPN 1050 – Japanese IShirakawa / Syed ZainuddinView course outline
JPN 1650F – Perspectives on JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 1650G – Perspectives on JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 2250 – Japanese IIShirakawa / Fukui550 outline / 551 outline
JPN 2601A – Cultural Foundations of Modern JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 3350 – Japanese IIIFukuiView course outline
JPN 3360A – Conversational Japanese IAkaiView course outline
JPN 3361B – Conversational Japanese IIAkaiView course outline
JPN 3650G – Japan Through FilmKawaiView course outline
JPN 3680F – Japan Through FoodAkaiView course outline
JPN 3750F – Senior Research SeminarWhiteView course outline
JPN 3751G – Senior Research Seminar IIWhiteView course outline
JPN 4450 – Japanese IVKawaiView course outline
2020 - 2021 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
Stream A: Language Courses
CHN 1150 – Beginners’ Chinese ILuView course outline
CHN 2250 – Beginners’ Chinese IIHeView course outline
CHN 3350 – Chinese IIIHeView course outline
CHN 3340A – Business Chinese IGordonView course outline
CHN 4440A – Business Translation IGordonView course outline
CHN 4441B – Business Translation IIGordonView course outline
Stream B: Courses on Chinese Culture & Literature taught in Chinese
CHN 2240F – Understanding Chinese Business Culture IGordonView course outline
CHN 2241G – Understanding Chinese Business Culture IIGordonView course outline
CHN 2242F – Representative Works in Traditional Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline
CHN 2243F – The Chinese Diaspora and Its Literary RepresentationLuView course outline
CHN 2244G – Representative Works in Modern Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline
CHN 2245F – Cinema in the Chinese MainlandHeView course outline
CHN 2246G – Chinese Cinema in Taiwan and Hong KongHeView course outline
CHN 2247F – Chinese Cities and Chinese CultureLiuView course outline
Stream C: Courses on Chinese Culture and Literature taught in English
CHN 1650G – Perspectives on ChinaGordonView course outline
CHN 1651F – Chinese Symbols and IconsLiuView course outline
CHN 2601A – The Political & Socio-economic Foundations of Modern ChinaLiuView course outline
CHN 2651G – Fiction and Modern Chinese SocietyLuView course outline
CHN 3652F – Chinese Discourse on Women and Gender RelationsWuView course outline
CHN 3653G – Women in Chinese Society: Images in LiteratureWuView course outline
CHN 3654G – Trauma, Memory and Narrative in Chinese Literature and FilmLiuView course outline

Japanese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
JPN 1050 – Japanese IShirakawa / Syed ZainuddinView course outline
JPN 1650F – Perspectives on JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 1650G – Perspectives on JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 2250 – Japanese IIFukuiView course outline
JPN 2601A – Cultural Foundations of Modern JapanKawaiView course outline
JPN 2750B – An Introduction to Japanese LinguisticsKawaiView course outline
JPN 3350 – Japanese IIIAkai / FukuiView course outline
JPN 3360A – Conversational Japanese IAkaiView course outline
JPN 3361B – Conversational Japanese IIAkaiView course outline
JPN 3651G – Japan Through AnimeAkaiView course outline
JPN 3750F – Senior Research SeminarWhiteView course outline
JPN 3751G – Senior Research Seminar IIWhiteView course outline
JPN 4450 – Japanese IVKawaiView course outline
2019 - 2020 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

Stream A: Language CoursesInstructor Course Outline 
CHN 1150 – Beginners’ Chinese 1LuView course outline 
CHN 2250 – Beginners’ Chinese 2HeView course outline 
CHN 3350 – Chinese 3HeView course outline 
The above courses require placement.

Please request placement/ special permission using the following form: Chinese Placement Form

CHN 3340A – Business Chinese 1GordonView course outline 
CHN 3341B – Business Chinese 2GordonView course outline 
CHN 4440A – Business Translation 1GordonView course outline 
Stream B: Courses on Chinese Culture & Literature taught in Chinese
CHN 2240F – Understanding Chinese Business Culture 1GordonView course outline 
CHN 2241G – Understanding Chinese Business Culture 2GordonView course outline 
CHN 2242F – Representative Works in Traditional Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline 
CHN 2244G – Representative Works in Modern Chinese LiteratureLiuView course outline 
CHN 2245F – Cinema in the Chinese MainlandHeView course outline 
CHN 2246G – Chinese Cinema in Taiwan and Hong KongHeView course outline 
CHN 2247G – Chinese Cities and Chinese CultureLiuView course outline 
CHN 2271G – Special Topics: Environment and Ecocriticism in Chinese Literature and FilmLuView course outline 
Stream C: Courses on Chinese Culture and Literature taught in English
CHN 1650G – Perspectives on ChinaGordonView course outline 
CHN 1651F – Chinese Symbols and IconsLiuView course outline 
CHN 2601A – The Political and Socio-Economic Foundations of Modern ChinaLiuView course outline 
CHN 2602B – The Cultural Foundations of Modern ChinaLiuView course outline 
CHN 3650F – The Chinese Short StoryLuView course outline 
CHN 3651G – The Chinese NovelLuView course outline 

Japanese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
JPN 1050 – Japanese IShirikawa/ FukuiView course outline
JPN 1650F – Perspectives on Japan WhiteView course outline
JPN 2250 – Japanese IIFukui550 outline / 551 outline
JPN 2601A – Cultural Foundations of Modern JapanKawaiView course outline
JPN 3350 – Japanese IIIAkaiView course outline
JPN 3360A – Conversational Japanese IAkaiView course outline
JPN 3361B – Conversational Japanese IIAkaiView course outline
JPN 3650G – Japan Through FilmKawaiView course outline
JPN 3680F – Japan Through Food: Tales of Cultural ContactAkaiView course outline
JPN 3750F – Senior Research SeminarKawaiView course outline
JPN 3751G – Senior Research Seminar IIKawaiView course outline
JPN 4450 – Japanese IVKawaiView course outline
2018 - 2019 Courses

Chinese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
CHN 1150 – Beginner’s Chinese ILuView course outline
CHN 1650G – Perspectives on ChinaGordonView course outline
CHN 1651F – Chinese Symbols & IconsLiuView course outline
CHN 2240F – Understanding Chinese Business Culture IGordonView course outline
CHN 2241G – Understanding Chinese Business Culture IIGordonView course outline
CHN 2242F – Representative Works in Traditional Chinese LiteratureLuView course outline
CHN 2245F – Cinema in the Chinese MainlandHe550 outline/551 outline
CHN 2245G – Cinema in the Chinese MainlandHeView course outline
CHN 2246F – Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong KongHeView course outline
CHN 2246G – Chinese Cinema in Taiwan & Hong KongHeView course outline
CHN 2247G – Chinese Cities & Chinese CultureLiuView course outline
CHN 2250 – Beginner’s Chinese IISunView course outline
 CHN 2650F – Fiction & Traditional Chinese SocietyLuView course outline
CHN 2651G – Fiction & Modern Chinese SocietyLuView course outline
CHN 3340A – Business Chinese IGordonView course outline
CHN 3654G – Trauma, Memory & NarrativeLiuView course outline
CHN 3950G – Special Topics in China StudiesLuView course outline
CHN 4440A – Business Translation IGordonView course outline
CHN 4441B – Business Translation IIGordonView course outline

Japanese Courses Offered

CourseInstructorCourse Outline
JPN 1050 – Japanese IAkai/ShirikawaView course outline
JPN 1650F – Perspectives on Japan WhiteView course outline
JPN 1650G – Perspectives on JapanWhiteView course outline
JPN 2250 – Japanese IIFukui/AkaiView course outline
JPN 2601A – Cultural Foundations of Modern JapanKawaiView course outline
JPN 3350 – Japanese IIIAkaiView course outline
JPN 3650G – Japan Through FilmKawaiView course outline
JPN 4450 – Japanese IVKawaiView course outline

East Asian 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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