Our diverse and multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned East Asia experts work with colleagues in other schools who provide specialisms in the history and politics of China and Japan.
We're proud to host the UK's newest Confucius Institute. The institute promotes Chinese language and culture through a series of intercultural events.
We operate a dual entry system. This allows students to start their East Asian studies from scratch or with an A-Level qualification.
Our students have the flexibility to study Chinese or Japanese alongside a European language. They can also study these together with another subject - like business or linguistics - through Combined Honours.
Our classes are small. This ensures each student receives individual care from our dedicated teaching team.
Our lecturers deliver both language and culture modules, ensuring smooth integration across curricula.
Our culture modules cover history, politics, business, film, literature and popular culture. This breadth ensures great appeal to a wide range of students.
We are especially proud of the flexibility and variety we offer during the year abroad in East Asia.
We offer five destinations in China, ranging from cosmopolitan cities to exciting rural destinations. In Japan, we offer a large choice of state and private universities in a range of cities.
For more about East Asian Studies at Newcastle, see our Newsletters.
We offer a one-year MLitt research degree. This allows students to focus on a particular area of Chinese or Japanese studies. Linguistic high-flyers can apply to the School's world-renowned MA degrees in Translating and Interpreting.
We offer lots of extra-curricular activities, which foster intercultural exchange. These include reading and speech clubs and student societies.
Tandem learning partnerships are popular among our students. They're a great way to further enhance your language skills.
Expertise in East Asia research at Newcastle spans three Schools in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
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.
Our research publications and projects range across the fields of political science, social anthropology, gender studies, film and media studies, literary studies, historical studies and heritage studies. Key areas with more than one active researcher include popular culture; film, literature, media and representation; modernity and modernisation; nationalism and state formation; identity; inter-ethnic relations and conflicts, centre-periphery relations, and peace studies; translation studies; diaspora studies and transnationalism; and heritage and urban development. The presence of more than one researcher in each of these areas brings intellectual coherence to Asian Studies at Newcastle.
Members of staff in the East Asian section work closely with East Asia experts based in the Schools of History, Classics and Archaeology; Geography, Politics and Sociology; and Architecture, Planning and Landscape, including:
- Dr James Babb
- Dr Michael Barr
- Dr Philip Garrett (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/staff/profile/philipgarrett.html)
- Dr Andrew Law (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/guru/staff/profile/andrewlaw.html)
- Dr Joseph Lawson
Areas of East Asia research interests include:
- gender studies (Dr Hansen, Dr Pellatt, Dr Smith Finley, Dr Yu)
- popular culture
- film and media studies (Dr Hansen, Dr Qian, Dr Smith Finley, Dr Yu, Dr Yoshioka)
- political studies (Dr Hansen, Dr Qian, Dr Yoshioka)
- literary studies (Dr Hansen, Dr Pellatt, Dr Qian)
Members of the East Asian section also participate in the Asian Studies Research Group (link to their current events programme); see also their full website at https://research.ncl.ac.uk/asianstudiesresearchgroup/ .
Current postgraduate studentsCurrent postgraduate students
Anthony Baker, MLitt
The Histories of the Six Dynasties: tracing the origins of a Realpolitik cultural model in Chinese international relations.
James Cummings, PhD
Emergent male non-normative sexual identities in Hainan province, China. ESRC-funded. Supervised by Dr Joanne Smith Finley.
Lydia Dan Wu, PhD
Chinese independent film festivals. Supervised by Dr Sabrina Yu.
The cinematic representation of Tibet. Supervised by Dr Sabrina Yu.
Externally funded research projectsExternally funded research projects
Eyes on Murakami
Eyes on Murakami is the webpage for the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project Gendering Murakami Haruki: Characters, Transmedial Productions and Contemporary Japan. Based at the School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, the project runs from 1 February 2017 until 31 July 2018.
The Asian Sea: A Transnational Maritime History in the Age of Imperialism
2011 - 2012. Led by Professor Harald Fuess (University of Heidelberg), with visiting professor collaboration from Dr Martin Dusinberre. For more information.
Uyghur youth identities in urban Xinjiang
2010 - 2012. 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).
Sustaining a Global Network for Biosecurity: The Life Sciences and Dual Use Research
2009 - 2010. A collaboration between Dr. Michael Barr (Newcastle), Dr Brian Rappert (Exeter), and Prof Malcolm Dando (Bradford), funded by Alfred P Sloan Foundation.
The following members of staff work within the East Asian Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.
StaffList: East Asian Studies
Ruang (Eric) Li
Volunteer Teacher, Confucius Institute
Telephone: 0191 20 88252
Professor Jun Qian
Professor Qian Jun 錢俊 (Qian Suoqiao 錢鎖橋) Chair of Chinese Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8100
Dr Joanne Smith Finley
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7485
Dr Fang Su
Dr Michael Tsang
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow
Jinghua (Lilly) Yan
Volunteer Teacher, Confucius Institute
Telephone: 0191 20 88826
Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Telephone: 0191 208 7524