East Asian Studies

Aerial shot of the Great Wall of China in mist

East Asian Studies at Leeds traces its roots back to 1963 when it was founded by the renowned scholar of China and Inner Asia, Professor Owen Lattimore. Since then we have grown to become one of the largest centres for research and teaching on East Asia in the UK, covering China, Japan, Thailand and the wider Asia Pacific generally. Most recently we have established the Centre for New Chinese Writing, which is emerging as an internationally-important centre for the study of contemporary literature in Chinese, and its translation.

Find our more about our Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies (worth £10,000). 

Our specialisms include:

  • Contemporary Chinese literature
  • Modern Japanese literature
  • Chinese and Japanese film
  • Ethnography and anthropology in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand, including ethnic minorities such as the Tibetans
  • International relations and development in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Religion in contemporary East Asia
  • Buddhism in Thailand and wider South-East Asia
  • Civil society in East Asia
  • Translation of literature, modern and pre-modern, between Chinese and English
  • Fiction of the strange and informal literary genres in late imperial China

Please see individual staff pages for specific information and research interests.