Chinese Gate in Newcastle

East Asian Studies

East Asian studies at Newcastle allow the flexibility to study Chinese or Japanese alongside French, German or Spanish, or with Business or Linguistics, as well as to study cultures across regions (East Asia, Europe and Latin America). We work closely with colleagues in the Schools of Historical Studies and Geography, Politics and Society, who provide specialisms in the history and politics of China and Japan.
Newcastle is proud to be hosting the newest Confucius Institute in the country, with a remit to promote Chinese language and culture in the Northeast through a series of intercultural events undertaken in partnership with the East Asian Studies section.

Our Modules

We operate a dual entry system, which allows students to start from scratch or with an A level qualification. Language classes are small, ensuring that each student receives individualised care from our dedicated teaching team. With regard to the cultures of China and Japan, you can choose to focus on modern history, society, politics, business and management studies, film and media studies, literary studies or popular culture.
Chinese and Japanese studies at Newcastle are supported by a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of nationally and internationally renowned East Asia experts (see below). All modules in East Asian culture are research-informed, while at the same time providing the breadth to ensure maximum appeal to a range of student interests. All of our Lecturers deliver language as well as culture modules, ensuring smooth integration across curricula.

The Year Abroad in East Asia

We are especially proud of the flexibility and variety we offer during the Year Abroad in East Asia. At Newcastle, we offer 5 destinations in China, ranging from cosmopolitan cities in the north and on the eastern seaboard (Beijing, Shanghai) to exciting destinations located off the beaten track in the western and southernmost regions (Chongqing, Chengdu, Hainan). In Japan, we offer a large choice of state and private universities in a range of attractive cities, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Akita and Fukuoka.

Extra-curricular activitiesAnglo-Chinese SocietyAnglo-Japanese Society

We offer lots of extra-curricular activities, such as reading clubs, speech clubs and the student-run Anglo-Chinese and Anglo-Japanese Societies, all of which foster linguistic and intercultural exchange. You can further enhance your language skills via tandem learning partnerships with exchange students and Masters students from China and Japan. And you can try out your newly acquired cultural skills at the annual Spring Festival celebrations in the city's buzzing Chinatown!

Postgraduate opportunities

If you plan to continue your education, we offer a one-year MLitt research degree, which allows you to focus on an area of Chinese or Japanese studies of particular interest, and which you may wish to carry further into postgraduate research as a PhD student. Linguistic high-fliers can apply to the School's world-renowned MA degrees in Translating and Interpreting.

Research Interests and ExpertisePoster for 'Visualising Gender in East Asia' Conference

Expertise in East Asia research at Newcastle spans three Schools in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Research publications and projects range across the fields of Political Science, Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, Literary Studies and Historical Studies.
East Asian Studies is one of five subject groups within the School of Modern Languages (SML) which operates as a single administrative and academic unit. The members of staff in the East Asian section work closely with the following East Asia experts based in the Schools of Historical Studies and Geography, Politics and Sociology (Dr James Babb, Dr Michael Barr, Dr Martin Dusinberre and Dr Joseph Lawson).

Areas of East Asia research interests include: Gender studies (Hansen, Pellatt, Smith Finley, Yu), Popular Cultur, Film and media studies (Hansen, Qian, Smith Finley, Yu, Yoshioka), Political studies (Barr, Hansen, Qian, Yoshioka)and Literary studies (Hansen, Pellatt, Qian).


Anthony Baker - MLitt, The Histories of the Six Dynasties: tracing the origins of a Realpolitik cultural model in Chinese international relations
James Cummings - PhD (ESRC-funded), emergent male non-normative sexual identities in Hainan province, China (Smith Finley)
Lydia Dan Wu - PhD, Chinese independent film festivals (Yu)
Yang Li - the cinematic representation of Tibet (Yu)

Externally funded Research Projects

• 2011-12: ‘The Asian Sea: A Transnational Maritime History in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1918’, led by Professor Harald Fuess (University of Heidelberg), with visiting professor collaboration from Dr Martin Dusinberre.
• 2010-12: 'Uyghur youth identities in urban Xinjiang', a collaboration with Professor Zang Xiaowei (Sheffield University). International workshop to take placeheld on 8th July 2011 at the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), Sheffield, and leading to an edited book to be published in 2012 in the Routledge series: Studies of Ethnicity in Asia. Workshop funded by the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (Smith Finley)
• 2009-10: ‘Sustaining a Global Network for Biosecurity: The Life Sciences and Dual Use Research’, collaboration between Dr. Michael Barr (Newcastle), Dr Brian Rappert (Exeter), and Prof Malcolm Dando (Bradford), funded by Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

Members of Staff in this Area
East Asian Studies

Kumi Casey
Teaching Fellow in Japanese Language

Linda Cheng

Melissa Fang
Teaching Associate of Chinese Language

Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Professor Jun Qian
Professor Qian Jun 錢俊 (Qian Suoqiao 錢鎖橋) Chair of Chinese Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute

Dr Joanne Smith Finley
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Dr Sabrina Yu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies