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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

East Asian Studies

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East Asia, as one of the world centers of high civilization, has long been the object of cultural interest and study. Increasingly, it has become important for economic and political reasons as well. The Center for East Asian Studies provides a focal point for the University’s interaction with East Asia and for academic study of the region.

The program in East Asian studies emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of the area, primarily the countries of China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. The course of study is designed to attain three major objectives. First, it offers students an opportunity to acquire accurate, detailed and comprehensive knowledge of a region that is becoming increasingly important in world affairs. Second, it prepares students who are attracted by job opportunities related to East Asia in business and government. For those who wish to teach about East Asia, the program provides appropriate preparation. Third, it provides solid undergraduate training for students who plan to enter East Asian programs for graduate studies.

Students interested in pursuing a major in East Asian studies should consult the director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Emi Bushelle, 360-650-4954, email: foulke@wwu.edu.


EMI FOULK BUSHELLE, Director. History. Early Modern Japan, Intellectual history.
PATRICK BUCKLEY, Geography. Geography and economics of Japan.
ETHAN BUSHELLE, Global Humanities and Religions. Buddhist studies, Japanese literature, religious studies.
MASANORI DEGUCHI, Modern and Classical Languages. Japanese language and linguistics.
JAMES HEARNE, Computer Science. Chinese philosophy, Chinese science, East Asian language computing.
KRISTEN PARRIS, Political Science. East Asian politics.
SCOTT PEARCE, Global Humanities and Religions. Medieval Chinese history.
JUDY PINE, Anthropology. South and East Asian languages and cultures.
TOM ROEHL, Management. International business.
JULIA SAPIN, Art. Asian art history, Japanese art, art of the Pacific Rim.
MASSIMILIANO TOMASI, Modern and Classical Languages. Japanese language and culture, modern Japanese rhetoric and literature.
ROGER THOMPSON, History. Traditional and modern Chinese history.
GLENN T. TSUNOKAI, Sociology.  Social and personal relationships.
EDWARD J. VAJDA, Modern and Classical Languages. Inner Asian and Siberian languages and history.
TYLER WALKER, Modern and Classical Languages, Japanese Literature.
JIANGLONG WANG, Communication Studies. Intercultural communication.
JULIAN SIYUAN WU, Modern and Classical Languages. Chinese literature, East Asian print culture and Chinese art history.

Other Departmental Information

Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to spend up to one year in a study abroad program, including Asia University; Tsuda College; Oberin College, KCP in Tokyo; Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot; Seoul Women’s University, Seoul; Yonsei University in Seoul; or Yunnan University, Kunming, China. Many other programs such as CET and CIEE provide opportunities for study in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Kunming and Taipei.


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      East Asian Studies

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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