Welcome to the East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies at WaikatoEast Asian Studies at the School of Arts encompasses our International Languages and Cultures major with Chinese and Japanese as a pathway.

These programmes invite you to explore the culture, history, societies, and languages of East Asia (China and Japan). With courses designed to accommodate students ranging from those who have never taken a class in the language before to those hoping to hone their abilities at the highest levels.

East Asian Studies also offers students the opportunity to explore the visual, textual and religious cultures of East Asia through introductory and advanced courses on history and literature, linguistics and translation, among others.

The focus of the undergraduate program is primarily on language, history and literature and the way in which these two civilizations have interacted with the Western world.

By intensive study of the Chinese and/or Japanese cultures, the student is encouraged to reflect on the global interrelatedness of human society.

Recent graduates of the concentration have gone on to employment in international trade and marketing, the diplomatic service and teaching. Other career avenues include the tourist and hospitality industry, international finance and security analysis, media, and government agencies.

Wai Taiko

Japanese Drumming group based at The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.


Fumiko Nishimura's bilingual musings about stuff.