Welcome to East Asian Studies

We all look forward to welcoming you to East Asian Studies in September and helping you settle in to university life at Leeds.

Induction Week

Welcome Letter

You will shortly receive (or may have already received) a Welcome Letter (via email) from our Programme Managers. Please study this letter carefully as it contains very important information about meetings during the IntroWeek, information about our language modules, reading lists, and more.

Registration, IT access and Minerva

To access Minerva (the Virtual Learning Environment full of useful info and links for your modules), you will need to register and get a University username.

Essential information

Download essential information relating to your programme of study below:

Useful Reading



Asia Pacific Studies


Meet the Team

Photograph of Dr Timothy Thurston
Dr Timothy Thurston
Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Areas of Expertise: China, Tibet, folklore, linguistic anthropology, traditional and contemporary oral cultures of China and Tibet.
Photograph of Adcharawan Seeger (Ajarn Ning)
Adcharawan Seeger (Ajarn Ning)
Teaching Fellow in Thai Language and Culture
Programme Manager of Thai, Thailand Year Abroad Coordinator.
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Dr Martin Seeger
Professor of Thai Studies
Director of East Asian Studies. Areas of expertise: Thai Buddhism, Thailand, Theravada Buddhism.
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Dr Jieun Kim
Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Area of expertise: Social marginalisation and discrimination in Japan and South Korea; urban poverty and social suffering; social movements; ethnicity and nationhood; the body and health; ethnographic methods.
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Dr Ya-chun Liu
Lecturer in Chinese
Taiwanese culture and literature, English-Chinese translation
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Dr Martin Ward
Lecturer in Chinese and Japanese Translation, Japan Year Abroad Tutor I teach Chinese and Japanese to English translation to final year and postgraduate students, as well as the text class for basic Japanese language and other lectures across East Asian Studies. If you are going to Japan in year 2 you will also see me at the orientation meetings during your first year.
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Dr Frances Weightman
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, Director of The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing
Her research and teaching interests cover literature as well as modern history and politics.
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Dr Ying Peng
Lecturer in Chinese
Chinese Year Abroad tutor.
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Dr Sarah Dodd
Programme Manager for Chinese
Teaches modules on Chinese literature and culture, and comparative literature.
Photograph of Leah Ying Wang
Leah Ying Wang
Lecturer in Chinese
Her teaching interests cover Contemporary Chinese film, television and media culture, language, and interpreting.
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Mr Kazuki Morimoto
Associate Professor in Japanese, Japanese Programme Manager
I teach Japanese language across all levels.
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Dr Mika Takewa
Teaching Fellow in Japanese
Japan Year Abroad Tutor.
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Dr Lan Yang
Teaching Chinese linguistics, pre-modern Chinese literature, intermediate Chinese, and MA specialised translation
Conducting research in stylistics and linguistic criticism on Chinese literature, and applied linguistics – teaching Chinese as a second language. Supervising PhD projects in teaching Chinese as a second language, and English-Chinese translation.
Photograph of Dr Lan Yang
Dr David Pattinson
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies. I teach modules on Chinese history and literature, including Classical Chinese. My research interests are beekeeping and bees in premodern Chinese culture, and letter-writing in late imperial China.
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Dr Caroline Rose
Professor of Sino-Japanese Relations
Welcome to East Asian Studies at Leeds. I teach Japan’s International Relations, Sino-Japanese Relations and Japan in War and Peace. My research focuses on contemporary relations between Japan and China, and on Japanese politics and foreign policy.

Independent Learning

The Level 1 programme is designed to encourage students to work independently and help you develop the skills needed to manage your own work, whether you are working on your own or with small groups of other students from your seminar group. Such skills are critical in making the transition from school to university and will help support your learning throughout your time at university, and in particular, if you are taking a language programme with us, in your Year Abroad in East Asia in the 2nd year. You are encouraged to begin looking at reading lists before you come to Leeds – the more you read the more prepared you will be for the diversity of modules on offer.

You can enhance your study skills, including essay-writing, coping with exams, etc., by making use of the support offered by Skills@Library.

Making the Grade

East Asian Studies courses have a modular structure; each year is divided into modules. A module is a self-contained unit of study which counts towards a qualification. A number of modules will make up your programme of study. Each module is assigned a number of credits which correspond to the number of hours allocated to learning and teaching activities within the module.


Members of staff in East Asian Studies have a wide variety of reseach interests, spanning both humanities and social sciences. This diversity is reflected in the teaching we deliver, particularly in the range of upper year optional modules available. You will also have the opportunity to undertake your own piece of independent research in your final year, leading to a dissertation, and will receive individual supervision in this from a member of staff. For more information about the research interests of staff in EAST, see the staff pages of the School's website.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.