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East Asian Studies

About Us

The M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program intended to enable students to develop a broad understanding of an individual East Asian culture or to engage in comparative study of two or more East Asian cultures.

Students pursuing the East Asian Studies M.A. are normally expected to concentrate on one particular country by choosing a variety of courses in various departments. These may include those covering other areas of Asia, those partially covering East Asia, Asian-American Studies, as well as relevant methodology and theory courses. Upon petition to the program and with the consent of the student's faculty advisor, individual programs may be designed to fit specific interests.

In most cases, the M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is suitable for those who seek to develop a general range of knowledge of the area as preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, business, law, government service, public health, or secondary school preparation.  Many of our students continue their studies in Ph.D. programs in variety of fields. 

Areas of Study

The program recognizes three areas of specialization: China, Japan, and Korea. Comparative fields may be incorporated into an area of specialization with consent of the student's faculty advisor.

Graduate Students

MA '19

My research interests are minorities in Japan, particularly Okinawans and social movements in Japan. I hope while at UCLA I can conduct research that contributes to the body of research...

BA '18, MA '18

As a Departmental Scholar, my research interests include public health and how that can be integrated into my East Asian Studies degree. I believe that culture plays a big role...

BA '16, MA '18

My undergraduate school is UCLA and major is Asian Studies. I am proud of to be a bruin. I am an international student and come from China. My research interest...

BA '16, MA '18

I'm interested in cultural history of modern Japan, particularly the nationalism movement, imperialism and colonialism in twentieth century, and their significance to the cultural and diplomatic relationship between China and...

MA '19

My research interest is history in Ming and Qing Dynasty in China. Besides history, I want to learn more about philosophy, religion and social science in UCLA.

MA '19

I may make a comparative study of the porcelain industry of Jingdezheng in China with that in Europe and Japan under the instruction of professors in EAS. My final goal is...

MA '19

My research interest is language and culture.

MA '19

My research interest memory and its uses, both by the people and the state.

MA '18

I was born in Shenyang, China, and got my BA of Economics from Renmin University of China. My interests include Chinese classical literature and poetry, history and thoughts. During the...

MA '19

I will drive deeper in cultural differences between Asian culture and Western culture, especially in literature, and thus make my own contribution to culture exchange.

MA '19

I hope to research China's modern culture and expansion into the world, along with its history and media influence. At UCLA I am hoping to learn more about China overall...

MA '19

I plan on researching more on China's geopolitical influence on United States Foreign Policy and the resulting impact of other East Asian countries with the United States. I hope to...

MA '19

At UCLA, I hope to continue my study of Japan through research on the relationship between contemporary Japanese culture and the construction of identity.

MA '19

I'm looking forward to further enhancing my skills in researching and writing about Japan here in UCLA.

BA '17, MA '18

I am interested in the cultural histories of China and Korea and how it affects the political thought processes of the two nations.

MA '18

I was a student of Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) in Peking University. My hometown is Hangzhou, which is going to hold the 2016 G20 summit in September. I'm interested...

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