Department of Asian Studies

Australia’s expanding relationships with Asia help define who we are. It also provides numerous opportunities for us to benefit from these relations: professionally, academically, for business, or just for fun.

Learning an Asian language and related culture, sets you apart. Your new skills and knowledge can then enhance your life and career, both in Australia and the region.

  • Our teaching

    Japanese Studies: Japanese Studies provides you with the language skills to understand Japan, research or enjoy things Japanese, work in Japanese or with Japanese around the world. You will be able to directly access Japanese art, pop culture, high tech or traditions. You can also study in Japan!

    Chinese Studies: Chinese is increasingly important in Australia’s business, cultural and political lives and directly linked to our prosperity. Understanding Chinese language, culture and politics can also increase your career prospects. You can boost your skills even further in our translation and interpreting courses, all the way to Masters level.

    Please note eligibility criteria applies for both Chinese and Japanese studies. Find out more below.

    Eligibility criteria

  • Our people

    Name Role
    Ms Kayoko Enomoto

    Head of Department
    Senior Lecturer
    Director, Student Experience (Faculty of Arts)

    Dr Hong Cai Scholarly Teaching Fellow
    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Chinese Studies
    Professor Mobo Gao Professor
    Dr Gerry Groot

    Senior Lecturer
    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Asian Studies
    Honours Convenor

    Emeritus Professor Purnendra Jain Emeritus Professor
    Dr Masaki Shibata

    Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Japanese Studies

    Dr Tin Kei Wong Lecturer
    Dr Baohui Xie Scholarly Teaching Fellow
    Dr Shoko Yoneyama Senior Lecturer
    Program Convenor, Bachelor of Languages and Diploma in Languages
    Postgraduate Coordinator
    Member, School Research Committee
    Dr Ning Zhang Senior Lecturer
    China Exchange Advisor
    Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Master of Arts (Interpreting, Translation and Transcultural Communication)
    Director, Confucius Institute
    Deputy Dean, International (Faculty of Arts)
  • Our research


    Social change, Politics & history; Regional development; Social & political reform; Work & leisure; Cultural influences; Soft power; Spirituality; Asian world influence; Australia-Asia relations in the context of regional institutions, energy policy and power transition; and Research into higher education.


    Governance; Rural studies; Contemporary politics; Education; Intellectual & cultural change; Language education; Language acquisition; Translation/interpreting studies; Chinese linguistics; Critical thinking on contemporary China; and Political & cultural psyche.


    Contemporary political issues; Environmental issues; Foreign policy; Defence & security; Education, youth & culture; Issues of governance; Intercultural language teaching & learning; Language education; Spirituality; and Social theory.

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