Matthew Chen '09

Matthew Chen '09 (East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese) is now the Translation Group Subleader of Language Services in Honda R&D Americas.

Matt recently returned to campus to talk about his evolving career in the language service industry and how his major played into his career path. He spoke of his study-abroad experience (the Associated Kyoto Program), employment in Japan, and his successful career as a translator and project manager of globalization and localization.

May 10 - 30 2015 (tentative dates)

Sustainability Study Tour

This three-week intensive summer travel course is designed to introduce students to unique attitudes, approaches and solutions Japan has marshaled in regard to sustainability in four areas: nuclear power use, environment, language and culture. 

Learn more about Bucknell in Japan

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Virtual Tour

Be inspired to plan your first visit or remember how it feels to be on Bucknell's campus. Get a 360 degree view of where we live, work, learn and play. From the beauty of Bucknell's academic quad to the gorgeous architecture in the Rooke Science Building (be sure to look up!) to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and our well-used athletics fields, this tour is a great way to see yourself at Bucknell.

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Let us take you across the International Date Line, to Asia and the Pacific Rim, where you’ll learn about these cultures and nations that are key global players. Focus on China or Japan. Five levels of study in Chinese or Japanese are available.

You'll get a balanced look at the arts, history, literature, politics, philosophy, religion, science and technology of both the past and present of the region. 

Did You Know?

All students majoring or minoring in the East Asian Studies department are strongly encouraged to seek opportunities for summer, semester, or preferably, full-year study in China or Japan.

Average number of majors per class year: 9

An East Asian Studies faculty member has recently secured a grant from the Japan foundation.

The East Asian Studies major requires an emphasis on either China or Japan.

Faculty Spotlights

Let us introduce you

Zhiqun Zhu

Associate Professor

Zhiqun Zhu

Not a single day goes by without China being covered in the news. China is already affecting our daily lives, and it is going to shape the future of the world.

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Elizabeth Armstrong

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Armstrong

Just being in-country (Japan) gives you the ability to teach culture and language at every turn: while you're walking down the street, while you're on the train, while you're eating. It was a wide open classroom.

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Song Chen

Assistant Professor

Song Chen

We study history in different ways. One way is to see history as full of change. Another is to see history as continuous. What's going on in China is a combination of both. The past always finds way into the present, yet with new meanings and new looks.

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

The East Asian Studies department participates in numerous nationally renowned programs for study abroad, offering students a variety of ways to study for a semester or a year overseas.

Students are encouraged to spend their junior year in China or Japan.



East Asian Studies majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at:

  • PRTM (management consultants)
  • AIG Private Equity

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