Welcome to Wesleyan's College of East Asian Studies
The College of East Asian Studies (CEAS) was established in July 2014 through the merger of three academic units: the Asian Languages and Literatures Department, the East Asian Studies Program, and the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. The main office of the CEAS is in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (which continues be the name of the building at 343 Washington Terrace, though it is no longer an independent academic unit); the CEAS also has an office in Fisk Hall 301.
The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies was initially established as a stand-alone academic unit in 1987. The studio name of the Mansfield Freeman Center, Zhi Xue Tang (Shigakudō in Japanese)--literally, Hall of Commitment to Learning--is meant to suggest a distinctive approach to intercultural study. It alludes to one of the oldest and most widely quoted texts in all of East Asia, the Analects of Confucius. In book II, chapter 4 of that work, the Master sketches his intellectual autobiography as follows: “At fifteen I set my heart on learning. At thirty, I stood firm. At forty, I had no doubts. At fifty, I understood the decrees of heaven. At sixty, I heard them with a docile ear. At seventy, I followed my heart’s desire without transgressing what is right.” By using the first words of this passage—zhi, “to grasp with one’s heart/mind,” and xue, “learning”—we invite students, faculty, and visitors alike to contemplate the challenges and rewards that lie ahead for anyone who would embark upon the journey of understanding another culture.
More information on the history of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan can be found under the History link to the left.
Links to the left provide information about some of the special resources of the College. For our many events, see here; for the wide range of activities at Wesleyan taking place in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, see here.