UChicago's First PhD Recipient, Eiji Asada, Bridges Important Cultural Exchange Between U.S. and Japan

Understood to have been an important figure in the cultural exchange between the United States and Japan at the turn of the century, Eiji Asada helped bring English education to his native country.  Earning the first doctoral degree awarded by the University during the convocation ceremony held on June 26, 1893, Asada was a linguist and scholar of religion.  As a leading linguist who corresponded in French and German as well as English and Japanese, Asada is credited as one of the first to facilitate and promote the teaching of English in his home country.  In addition to his work as a ling

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Media and Ecology After Fukushima Symposium Held at Maehama Marine Center

The symposium, “Media and Ecology after Fukushima: The techno-ecological multiplication of Disaster” was held November 19-20, 2021 at the Maehama Marine Center near Kesennuma City on the northeast coast of Japan. 

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The University of Chicago Library East Asian Collection Launches New Homepage

The University of Chicago Library East Asian Collection is excited to announce the launch of its new homepage.  Created through the combined efforts of members at the East Asian Collection and Digital Library Development Center (DLDC), the new homepage contains more information and a user-centered interface for accessing CJK materials.  The side bar on the main page includes links to sections for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean collection information; electronic resources pages; a

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Melissa Van Wyk Joins the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Faculty

Joining the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations during the fall quarter of the 2021-2022 academic year, Melissa Van Wyk is Assistant Professor in Japanese Literature.

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Nikkei South Side Exhibit Now Open at UChicago Library

Chicago’s South Side has long-standing but little-known relationships with Japan. In 1893 the Japanese Garden in Jackson Park was established for the World’s Columbian Exposition. In the same year the University of Chicago conferred its first-ever doctoral degree—upon a Japanese Divinity School student named Eiji Asada.

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