Departments & Institutes
The Department of Japanese Language and Culture
The Department of Japanese Language and Culture of Peking University was formerly a major in the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures. The teaching of Japanese was initiated in 1902 in Peking University and was once transformed to an independent department in the 1920s. In 1946, it was reduced to a major again with the name of “Japanese Language and Literature Division.” A forerunner in Chinese universities and colleges, the Japanese division started graduate program before the Cultural Revolution, and was authorized as the first in China to offer doctoral degree education in 1986. The Institute of Japanese Culture of Peking University was established in the following year, aiming to propel Japanese cultural studies in a new direction. It was then renamed the Department of Japanese Language and Culture. Thus, in universities and colleges nationwide, our department became the very first to have a full range of research fields covering Japanese language and literature and Japanese culture. With the establishment of School of Foreign Languages in 1999, our department changed its name to the Department of Japanese Language and Culture. We also offer the first and second foreign language courses for about 400 non-Japanese majors.
Japanese Department has a crack team of teachers with rich research and teaching experience, which is reasonably-structured in terms of age distribution as well. The faculty is consisted of 18 in-service teachers (1 Japanese teacher), 5 professors (supervisors for doctoral candidates), 10 associate professors and 3 lecturers. 16 of them have earned a doctor’s degree. All the faculty members have the experiences either as students or as lecturers or visiting scholars in Japan. Their research interests can be divided into three areas: Japanese language, literature, and culture. Jin Xun is currently Dean of the department ; Li Qinan Vice Dean.
We enroll undergraduate students, graduates for master’s and doctor’s degrees every year. We enroll 20 undergraduate students on an annual basis, and they are supposed to acquire professional capabilities for such areas as foreign affairs, foreign trade, intercultural communication, foreign enterprise management, media & publishing, language teaching, and Japanese studies. We enroll 10 graduates for a master’s degree and they are supposed to have a good command of fundamental academic theories and systematic knowledge in Japanese studies, and to equip themselves with professional capabilities for further research and academic innovations, teaching in universities or colleges, and intercultural communication. 4-5 doctorate candidates are admitted into our department and they are supposed to acquire broad knowledge and solid theoretical foundation of the Japanese language, literature, history, and culture as well as related disciplines. They are expected to be capable of in-depth academic innovations.
For a long time, we have carried forward the time-honored academic tradition of the Humanities at Peking University, attaching equal importance to education and research of the Japanese language, literature and culture. As a result, we have made great achievements and progress, keeping the leading position among the Japanese departments in universities in China. Since the 80s, we have undertaken ten research projects of Ministry of Education or of foreign research institutions, hosted six influential international symposia, and published more than 40 textbooks, 10 monographs, 30 compilation and translation works. We have written and published more than 250 academic papers, of which some are original in their research fields and have received more than 20 awards both at home and abroad. Under the name of “The Institute of Japanese Culture” and “The Department of Japanese Language and Culture,” we have published five volumesof Studies on Japanese Language and Culture as well as three paper collections of international symposia.
We have maintained close relations with several Japanese top universities and research institutions, inviting more than 50 Japanese visiting scholars to teach, give lectures and conduct research, among which there are such distinguished scholars as Haruhiko Kindaichim Ishida Ichirō, Ōe Kenzaburō, Yukiko Sakamoto, etc. We have kept inter-school communication with Waseda University, Keio University, Hosei University, Nihon University, Kansai University and Soka University, signed agreements for special exchange programs with Bunkyo University, Doshisha University, Fukuoka International University, and established the Kodama & Suzuki fellowship and scholarship.