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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 […]

Smith College’s Korean Dance Club as popular as ever

Members of SmiKPOP pose for a photo.

From surprise flash mobs to guest performances, SmiKPOP has taken over the Five-College area with its hot dance moves and dynamic groove. SmiKPOP, short for Smith K-pop, is a Smith College Dance Club dedicated to dancing Korean hip pop. The club was founded in the fall […]

Popularity in Korean Studies continues to rise at Smith

From traditional Korean fan dance in colorful Hanboks to Psy’s popular Korean pop culture song “Gangnam Style,” Smith College is in the midst of a growing cultural frenzy. Over the past few years, the interest in Korean culture at Smith College has increased tremendously. Many faculty members in the East Asian Studies departments have noticed […]

Sophomore double majors in East Asian Studies and Psychology

Elisabeth Mah ’15, is a Korean-American student, double majoring in East Asian Studies and Psychology.

Elisabeth Mah ’15, is a Korean-American student at Smith College. She is currently a Psychology and East Asian Studies double major, with a passion for research and Korean culture. As a sophomore, Elisabeth sought to study establish strong […]

Special studies group focuses on archiving experience of Korean students

Every semester, the Smith College Special Studies course allows students to delve deeper into an area of study or subject matter of common academic interest with a faculty member or a small group. With the rise in interest in Korean studies over the past few years, a range of Special Studies have been conducted within […]

KASS presents annual Korean Culture Day at Smith College

The group Korean American Students of Smith is holding its final event of the year—Korean Culture Day—on Saturday April 20, 2013. Korean Culture Day is an annual spring social gathering for friends and families to come and indulge in delicious Korean food, and participate in various Korean traditional games and other cultural activities. In the […]

Korean American Students of Smith host annual “mocktail”

On Friday, March 29, the Korean American Students of Smith (KASS) will host its annual spring “Mocktail” event in the Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room.

Every year, the Korean American Students of Smith hosts the “Mocktail”—a formal dinner and networking event for students to enjoy an evening of delicious food and entertainment. The event’s […]

Info session scheduled for summer program in Seoul

On Monday, February 25, the Global Studies Center in Wright Hall will host an information session about the summer program at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea.

Each year, Smith selects six students to attend Ewha International Summer School, tuition free. Applicants with a strong interest in studying the Korean language and culture, one year […]

Lecture by Zen Master Subul Sunim scheduled

On Monday, Smith presents “Zen Meditation for Today: A New Approach by a Modern Korean Master”. The Venerable Subul Sunim is Head Teacher of the International Seon Center at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, and abbot of Beomeosa Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the principal Buddhist denomination in Korea. He teaches a […]

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. […]