The East Asian Studies Center is led by a faculty director and three faculty associate directors, who serve as directors for the country-specific institutes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Korean Studies.
EASC's current leadership team is:
East Asian Studies Center Director:
Etsuyo Yuasa is an associate professor in Japanese linguistics and pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. She has written a book about how form and meaning are associated and dissociated in language (Modularity in Language: Constructional and Categorial Mismatch in Syntax and Semantics, Mouton de Gruyter, 2005) and edited a linguistics volume (Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In Honor of Jerry Sadock, John Benjamins, 2011). Another edited volume, Individualized Instruction in East Asian Languages will be published from Foreign Language Publications at OSU later this year. Yuasa has extensive administrative experience. She is the founder and director of the Japanese Individualized Instruction Program; she was the key organizer of numerous events (e.g., two academic conferences; numerous workshops/lecture series; several DEALL annual Language Festivals); she has served in leadership positions in DEALL and in regional organizations (e.g., Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese Treasurer; Japanese Individualized Instruction Program Director; DEALL Language Program Director; DEALL Undergraduate Studies Director; DEALL Graduate Studies Director), and she has orchestrated an international research project (e.g., editing a volume that involved more than 20 contributors world-wide).
East Asian Studies Center Associate Directors:
Director, Institute for Chinese Studies
Marjorie K.M. Chan is Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, at The Ohio State University. Her research area is Chinese linguistics, with focus on phonetics (particularly with respect to prosody-discourse interface), phonology (synchronic and diachronic), and dialectology. Recent publications include collaborative works on the Mandarin and Cantonese ToBI systems of prosodic transcripton, studies pertaining to humor, language and gender, as well as pragmatic functions of sentence-final particles. Her research interest and publications also extends to studies on written Cantonese, Chinese regional operas (with their different dialect bases), and Chinese computing, including corpus linguistics and issues concerning concordancing of Chinese e-texts.
Director, Institute for Japanese Studies
Richard Torrance received his BA in Asian languages and literature from the University of Washington and his PHD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale. His area of specialization is Meiji era literature, especially Meiji era stylistics and the literature of naturalism. However, he has also written broadly on other subjects, including Japanese film, the definition of Japanese popular culture, and the relation between and Japanese fascism and literary movements in the nineteen thirties. He is presently working on a study comparing the regional literatures of Izumo and Osaka.
Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Mitchell Lerner is an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University, Newark. His research and teaching focus is on 20th century international history, with an emphasis on U.S.-Korean relations in the Cold War era. He is the author of The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy (2003), and has published articles on U.S.-Korean relations in such journals as Diplomatic History, Diplomacy and Statecraft and in the Cold War International History Project Working Papers series. Lerner serves on the governing council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and on the advisory board of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. He has also served as a fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs, and has held the Mary Ball Washington Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History at University College-Dublin. In 2005, he won the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.