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Japan Tokyo Shinjuku Signage

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Korea Spring of Insadong 08

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Town Scene

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China-6455 - Zhen Wu Temple

East Asian Studies

About the East Asian Studies M.A. Program

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.

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 '16

I'm studying East Asian Comparative Literature (Chinese and Korean Literature). I'm interested in how a nation's level of information access and information literacy affect the production and contents of literature...

BA '16, MA '16

James is completing his BA in Asian Studies at UCLA this year. He is interested in political authority in China and how it has evolved, and International Chinese financial products.

MA '17

I would wish to focus my studies and research on ethnic relations in China or the literary and artistic expression of some ethnic minorities in China.

MA '17

I'm interested in modern Chinese politics. I hope I can learn more about it at UCLA.

MA '17

At UCLA, I hope I can take classes on Japanese linguistics, Japanese women studies, and/or contemporary Japanese literature.

BA '16, MA '16

My research interests are the connections between Korean food and digital media in relation to the introduction and learning of the Korean language. I'm interested in researching how the connectivity...

MA '17

My research interest lies in cross-cultural, artistic exchanges between Japan and Korea in the 20th century.

MA '17

At UCLA, I wish to study the cultural history of East Asian region by researching its visual culture in 14th century with a foundation of literature, history, and philosophy. I...

MA '16

My particular interests concern historical urban development in late 19th century and early 20th century China. Specifically I'm trying to discern the impact of late 19th century Han migration into...

MA '17

Her focus is modern Japanese history.

MA '17

I am interested in focusing on Chinese art history and religious study at UCLA.

MA '17

By focusing on contemporary Chinese politics during the graduate, I hope I will be able to learn how to understand Chinese politics and society so that I could give explanations...

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