Smith’s East Asian Languages and Literatures department

The East Asian Languages and Literatures department at Smith College was established in 1988. Interest in East Asia had increased at Smith during the ’80s due to the region’s economic importance, appeal for the exotic, and the postwar climate.

Professor Thomas Rohlin and Smith students in Nishijin Weaving Center, Kyoto, Japan.

The department’s current [...]

Chinese Moon Festival comes to Smith

Smith’s CISCO members delight with Qipao show at Chinese Moon Festival.

Every year Smith’s Chinese Inter-regional Student Cultural Organization (CISCO), holds a celebration for the Chinese Moon Festival in the Campus Center.

Offering free bubble tea and mooncakes, this year’s event (held on Saturday, September 21) was both entertaining and enriching! Smith students prepared [...]

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration at Smith on Saturday

This Saturday, September 21, Smith will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival with a celebration at the Campus Center Carroll Room.

The Chinese Moon Festival is a mid-autumn harvest festival celebrating the harvest and the moon. The event at Smith will feature delicious moon cakes, great performances, games, and opportunities to learn about the culture and [...]

Chinese alumna Julia Chang Lin ’51 dies in NYC

Smith alumna Julia Chang Lin ’51, a poet and a scholar of Chinese literature, died recently in New York City.  Born in Shanghai in 1928,  Julia (born Ming-hui Tsang) introduced many Chinese women poets to an American audience.

She attended St. Mary’s Hall School for Girls and St. John’s University in Shanghai, and in 1949 she was [...]

International student gives Ivy Day speech

Shuyao Kong '13 addressed alumnae this weekend at Ivy Day.

Shuyao Kong ’13, an international student from China, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Shuyao, who graduated cum laude this weekend, embodies Smith’s mission to educate women for the world. In addition to her travels [...]

Five College Chinese Speech Contest to be held on Friday

The Five College Chinese Speech Contest will be held on Friday, April 12 from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Smith College’s Neilson Library Browsing Room. Chinese language students from the Five Colleges will compete on three levels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Chinese.

Each semester Smith offers several Chinese language courses, as do other colleges in [...]

Everything you’ve wanted to know about China but were afraid to ask

Wednesday's “Everything you’ve wanted to know about China but were afraid to ask” panel sponsored by CISCO and the GSC was well attended.

On November 28, Smith international student Shuyao Kong ’13 and Economics Professor Roger Kaufman collaborated to present “Everything you’ve wanted to know about China but were afraid to ask” — an [...]

Global majors and minors presentations scheduled

Today, Thursday, October 18 there will be a presentation of the major and minor in East Asian Languages and Literatures. Students studying Chinese, Japanese, or Korean and anyone interested in learning more about the literatures and cultures of East Asia are invited to attend. Attendees will meet the faculty and learn more about the program. [...]

International film screenings on campus

In the coming weeks, Smith will screen a number of international films. The films, with subject matter ranging from a feature-length film about the Middle East to a short film and a student-made documentary, are free to view.

Today, Wednesday, April 11, The Syrian Bride will be shown in Seelye 106 at 7 p.m. The [...]

Lecture scheduled on early medieval Chinese literature

Professor Robert Joe Cutter will speak at Smith on April 6.

Friday, April 6 marks the annual department lecture for East Asian Languages & Literatures.  The talk, No Basis for a System of Government? Swords in Early Medieval Chinese Literature, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Professor Robert Joe [...]