Reporter 399, 17 March 1997

The East through a student's lens

It is 30 years since the first students graduated from the UK's largest Department of East Asian Studies, at the University of Leeds.

To celebrate, students from the Department held a photographic exhibition reflecting experiences and impressions of the area. Organised by the student-run East Asian Research Seminars group, "Eastern Eye" featured photographs by members of staff and some of the one thousand Leeds students who have lived and studied in East Asia since 1973. The public and local schools were invited and the Department is to feature in a BBC World Service programme.

East Asian Studies began with only ten graduates in 1967, but annual recruitment has risen to around 60 in recent years and there are currently more than 200 students.

Students can also take classical Chinese and pre-modern Chinese literature, and tuition is offered in Japanese, Cantonese and Mongol and in Mongolian Studies.

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