The Department of Asian Studies is located at 202 E. Patrick Street. The department supports three areas of study:

Asian Studies Department Chair

Todd Munson

Todd S. Munson

Professor and Chair of Asian Studies; Director of Japanese Studies


  • B.A., English Literature, University of Massachusetts
  • M.A., East Asian Studies, Indiana University
  • Ph.D., Japanese History, Indiana University

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Asian Studies Faculty

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Kyle A. Maclauchlan

Adjunct Instructor of Japanese Studies


  • Certification: Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N1
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Florida State University

Phone: (804) 412-1575
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Laura Jo-Han Wen

Associate Professor of Chinese Studies


  • Ph.D., Chinese Literature and Trans-Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • M.A., Chinese Language and Literature, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • M.A., Taiwan Literature, National Chengchi University
  • B.A., Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University

Phone: (804) 752-8991
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Yixuan Cai, an asian woman wearing glasses and a brown shirt.

Yixuan Cai

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies


  • M.A., Chinese Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Nanjing University

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Yoshiko Paris (Himata)

Lecturer of Japanese Studies


  • M.A., Foreign Language Teaching, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Global and International Studies, Ferris University

Phone: (804) 752-7246
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