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Masters | Chinese

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) graduate program in East Asian Languages and Civilizations: China provides a research-intensive, interdisciplinary program of study in the traditional and modern languages and cultures of China.  Students may focus on literature, literary criticism, comparative cultural studies, cultural history, religious texts, or linguistics. In every case students will acquire a solid grounding in classical and modern Mandarin Chinese.

The Chinese graduate program in the School of International Letters and Cultures offers an MA degree with a focus in one of two areas:

  • area 1: literature, linguistics and culture
  • area 2: pedagogy

Area 1 seeks to prepare students for further academic training, for entrance to professional schools in such fields as law, business or journalism, and for a general level of knowledge about the languages and cultures of China as an asset to a professional career. Area 2 is intended for students whose major interest is in teaching modern Chinese in K-16 environments.

Masters | Japanese

The Asian languages faculty in the School of International Letters and Cultures offer a graduate program leading to an MA in Asian languages and civilizations (Japanese). In addition to preparing some students for further academic training, the program helps to prepare students for jobs relating to Japan (in fields such as law, business or journalism) and for entrance into professional schools.

PhD | East Asian Languages and Civilization

The PhD program in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) is a research-intensive, interdisciplinary, area-based degree in the study of traditional and modern languages and cultures of China. Students may focus on literature, literary criticism, comparative cultural studies, cultural history, religious texts, or linguistics. In every case students will be expected to acquire a solid grounding in classical and modern Mandarin Chinese.

The doctoral program prepares students either to become scholars and teachers of Chinese literature and culture, or for the increasing number of professional careers that utilize knowledge at a high-level of proficiency in Chinese language and culture.

Stephen R. Bokenkamp (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1986) specializes in the study of medieval Chinese Daoism, with a special emphasis on its literatures and its relations with Buddhism. He is author of Early Daoist Scriptures and Ancestors and Anxiety as well as over thirty-five articles and book chapters on Daoism and literature. Among his awards are the Guggenheim Award for the Translation of a medieval Daoist text and a National Endowment for the Humanities Translation grants. In addition to his position at Arizona State, he has taught at Indiana University, Stanford University, and short courses for graduate students at Princeton and Fudan Universities. He was also part of the National 985 project at the Institute of Religious Studies, Sichuan University from 2006-2013. 柏夷(加州大學伯克萊分校博士,1986年)教授,專長于中國六朝隋唐道教史,特別關注中古道教文獻和佛道關係。在其漫長的學術生涯中,他出版了《早期道教經典》和《祖先與焦慮》兩部專著以及超過三十五篇學術論文。他的研究貢獻為其贏得了許多榮譽和獎項,比如古根海姆獎、美國國家人文基金會基金等等。除了在亞利桑那州立大學任教之外,他此前曾任教于印第安納大學、斯坦福大學,並在普林斯頓大學、復旦大學為研究生開設短期密集討論班。他也是2006-2013年四川大學國家九八五項目工程特聘海外專家。
Huaiyu Chen received his Ph.D. in East Asian Religions from Princeton. Since 2008 he has taught Buddhism and Chinese Religions at ASU. He has published many articles and books on Buddhist and Christian history in mediaeval China, focusing on manuscripts, rituals, animals, and material culture.
Professor Cho holds a doctoral degree in Chinese and Comparative Literature (Korean) from Washington University in St Louis as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in Chinese Language and Literature from Seoul National University in Korea.
Robert Joe Cutter is a native of Yuma, Arizona. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Arizona . In 1983, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. From 1983 until 2005, he was a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is founding director of the School of International Letters & Cultures at Arizona State University and past president of the American Oriental Society. His primary field of teaching and research is early medieval Chinese literature (especially Jian’an literature) and the history of the Three States period.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Hedberg joined ASU in 2015, after receiving a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He teaches classes on Japanese literature, culture, and language, with special focus on premodern Japan. Topics he’s taught include ghosts and the supernatural, travel literature, and the representation of romance in texts from The Tale of Genji to the novels of Murakami Haruki. Dr. Hedberg’s research focuses on the history of translation in Japan: specifically, the Japanese adaptation of Chinese literature during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Jianling Liao focuses her study on L2 spoken and written interlanguage development from linguistic and cognitive perspectives, as well as CMC-based L2 learning. She is also interested in the assessment of L2 speaking and writing abilities, and language acquisition in study abroad settings. At ASU she teaches Chinese as a Second Language seminar and Chinese language courses at various levels.
Xiaoqiao Ling earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Literature at Harvard. She specializes in early modern Chinese literature and culture. She teaches survey courses on traditional Chinese literature, introduction to Chinese civilization, and upper-division topic based courses on classical Chinese fiction, performance literature, and urban culture.
Young Kyun Oh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics after his M.A. degree in philosophy at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea. His research interests are in two areas: Sino-Korean comparative historical phonology and the cultural connection between China and Korea. In his on-going research, he works on traces of Old Chinese linguistic strata fossilized in vernacular Korean, on which he has presented and published several papers. He has also worked on the Sino-Korean cultural connection with a special focus on print history and book culture, and has published the Engraving Virtue: the Print History of a Premodern Moral Primer (Brill, 2013) regarding the print history of the _Samgang Haengsil-to_ [Illustrated Guide to the Three Relations], a Choson Korean (1398-1910) moral primer .
Koji Tanno received his Ph.D from the University of Washington. Previously, he taught Japanese at Lewis and Clark College, Eastern Michigan University, and Middlebury Summer Language School. His research interests are grammaticalization, pragmatics, discourse markers, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.
Hoyt Tillman (田浩)has taught Chinese Cultural History at ASU since receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976. In addition to five years in China for extensive research supported by American Foundations and Fulbright Fellowships, he was the first Sinologist to receive the Alexander von Humboldt (Senior Research) Prize (Humboldt-Forschungspreise) in 2000, which also provided a year of research in Munich, Germany. In addition to special lectures at numerous Chinese universities and international conferences, he has also been an honorary visiting professor at Beijing University, Renmin University of China, and National Taiwan University. His special interest is exploring Chinese thinking and cultural diversity – especially within the Confucianism which many people have perceived as monolithic and static. He enjoys discussing such themes with students. Most of his books and articles revolve around these themes.
Joanne Tsao, lecturer in Chinese, received her PhD. and MA. in Chinese Literature from Arizona State University and her MS. in Education with a focus on TESL from Shenandoah University. Her primary field of research is early medieval and medieval Chinese literature. She teaches Literary Chinese, Chinese language, and topic-based content courses.
Dr. Ebru Türker received her MA in Linguistics from Seoul National University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Korean from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005. She has taught courses on Korean language as well as Korean linguistics.
Bradley Wilson is an alumnus of ASU who joined the faculty after spending a two-year stint as an English teacher in the wilds of Kagoshima, Japan via the JET Program. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and an M.A. in Japanese Literature from Arizona State University. While he primarily teaches language courses, he also instructs a film course focused on modern Japanese popular culture and an introductory course to the art of Japanese brush calligraphy. His research interests include the pedagogy of language, folklore, anime and manga as a representation of social issues, development of online curriculum, and gaming in education.
Xia Zhang , senior lecturer in Chinese received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Alberta, Canada, and her BA in Sichuan University, China. She started her career in Chinese language instruction in 1995. Since she joined ASU in 2002, she has offered various undergraduate Chinese language courses as well as two graduate courses. Besides teaching, Dr. Zhang has been working as a coordinator of first-year Chinese classes and supervisor of graduate teaching assistants.

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