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
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:

Marjorie Chan
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.

Hajime Miyazaki
Acting Director, Institute for Japanese Studies
Hajime Miyazaki received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and was assistant professor at Stanford University from 1977-1984, before joining The Ohio State University as associate professor in 1984. He has been professor of economics since 1987 and director of graduate studies for the Department of Economics since 1998. His research and teaching interests include applied microeconomics of markets and internal organizations with emphasis on information, uncertainty and incentives from a comparative institutional perspective. His research has been published in major economics journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies.

Chan E. Park
Interim Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Chan E. Park received her PhD from the University of Hawaii, and is currently professor of Korean language, literature and performance studies at The Ohio State University. Her specialization is research and performance of p’ansori, Korean story-singing, its performance in transnational context in particular, related oral narrative/lyrical/dramatic traditions, and their places in the shaping of modern Korean drama. She has published extensively on the theory and practice of oral narratology and its interdisciplinary connection with arts and humanities as a whole, including her recent monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press, 2003). Park has given numerous lectures, seminars, workshops and performances of p’ansori locally, nationally and internationally.