As the public health crisis associated with the Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, there have been disturbing reports of an increase in anti-Asian, and particlarly anti-Chinese, hate crimes and harrassment in communities across the United States, including here in New Haven. At this time of heightened individual and societal stress, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures wishes to reiterate its firm rejection of all forms of racism and xenophobia. 

Recent statements by the Association for Asian American Studies and the President of the Association for Asian Studies contain useful resources for those directly affected by harassment and those who are concerned about it. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 911. The Asian American Cultural Center offers student emotional wellness support services. Students can also contact deans’ designees with any concerns about discrimination and harassment.  Staff, faculty, and students can reach out to the Office of Institutional Equity and Access.

Treating Yellow Peril: Resources to Address Coronavirus Racism

Resources for Asian and AAPI Students Experiencing COVID-19 Related Harassment


The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers undergraduate degree programs in the languages and literatures of China and Japan, Ph.D. programs in Chinese and Japanese literature, and language courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean from the elementary to advanced level. Our goal is to support the humanistic study of East Asian cultures through their languages and literary traditions, ancient and modern.

This semester, the department offers over fifty courses in Yale College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For a complete listing of our department’s courses, please see Yale University Online Course Information.

For additional information about our language programs, please see the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean home pages.

Information about placement exams.

Contact information:

East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University
P.O. Box 208201
New Haven, CT 06520-8201

Campus Address:
143 Elm Street

Tel. (203) 432-2860
Fax (203) 432-6729

NOTE: Until August 2020, our department is housed in a building which is not ADA-compliant. Any of our faculty and staff would be delighted to make arrangements with you to meet in an alternate location.