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What We Do

The programs and activities of the Cornell East Asia Program
Translation Studies Initiative workshop March 2015
  • Initiatives: EAP runs several research initiatives that involve faculty and graduate students in transnational projects on topics central to the East Asian region and East Asian studies.The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative brings leading figures from around the world to present at a weekly forum on issues crucial to our current world, and also is building an archive of resources on these topics. The Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorship brings faculty from top universities in Korea to teach undergraduate courses in their specialty discipline, and is run in conjunction with a Korean Studies Speaker Series of visiting specialists. The Translation Studies Initiative makes Cornell a global center for critical inquiry through workshops on the theoretical and practical import of the translation of texts in today's globalized university. 
  • Publications: EAP is the sponsor and producer of the Cornell East Asia Series (CEAS), a publication series of scholarly monographs, collections of critical essays, translations of literature as well as critical works of literary criticism and social analysis, and specialized textbooks. Since its inception in 1973, CEAS has published over 150 volumes, a number of which have received prestigious national and international awards. 
  • Faculty Support: EAP funds and administers the Faculty Research Stipends for the Program's core professorial faculty as well as Language Faculty Professional Development Stipends for instructors of East Asian languages at Cornell.
  • Student Support: EAP administers several categories of fellowships for graduate studies and research on East Asia and for the advanced study of East Asian languages: the Teng-Hui Lee Fellowship in World Affairs; the CV Starr Fellowship for East Asian Studies; the RJ Smith Fellowship for Japanese Studies; the Hu Shih Fellowship in Chinese Studies; and summer language study grants. EAP also provides annual travel grants to qualifying graduate students across campus for studying or conducting fieldwork in East Asia as well as occasional funding to both undergraduate and graduate students groups for their activities pertaining to East Asia. EAP also financially and admistratively supports the EAP Graduate Student Steering Committee, a self-governing group of Cornell graduate students professionally involved in East Asian research and study. The EAP-GSSC holds professionalization workshops, a lunch series featuring East Asian studies faculty talks, and invites to campus one or two prominent scholars in the field each year. 
  • Instructional Support: EAP supports instruction in four East Asian languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean) through advanced levels. It also facilitates collaboration between various instructional units that incorporate East Asia into the curricula of various degree programs at Cornell. 
  • Conferences and Speaker Series: EAP regularly provides funding and logistical support for conferences, workshops and symposiums on East Asian topics. Most of these events take place through the EAP's initiatives, but it also maintains a general Speaker Series featuring nationally and internationally renowned scholars and experts on East Asia.
  • Visiting Scholars and Associated Faculty: EAP provides sponsorship to 12-15 visiting scholars from across the US and the world to teach or conduct research at Cornell. EAP's network of associated faculty fosters collaborations within Cornell faculty as well as with faculty and specialists in other institutions in the region and across the globe. 
  • Resources and engagement: EAP offers a rich variety of East Asia-focused resources, both material and in digital forms. These resources have been developed over the years through its research programming, educational and cultural programming, and other engagement. EAP is proud to be involved in community, regional and national engagement, specifically through support for and work on programs such as international studies in the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP), Cornell Educational Resources in International Studies's (CERIS) After School Language and Culture Program and Global learning Education Faculty Fellows and teacher training workshops for community college and high school instructors.