East Asian Media

2019 ~ Present


This is a 50-minute weekly seminar group that is run like a Japanese “zemi,” or graduate seminar. Students produce a research project or creative project on a topic related to East Asian media, broadly defined. This could be a translation of a Chinese short story, an analysis of Japanese films, a short documentary on social movements in Okinawa, etc. Transnational, comparative, and collaborative projects are welcome; there is also camera and sound equipment available for media projects. We aim to foster the transnational, interdisciplinary, and creative research of East Asian media at Tech. 


The group meets weekly to discuss assigned readings and to discuss project progress. At the end of each semester we will host an Asian Media @ Tech Symposium to present our projects to the wider community. Here is a feature on our VIP, which won 2nd Place in the 2021 VIP Innovation Competition “People and Environment Track” with Natalie Mueller’s project, “Race to the Lunar World: Human vs. Machine Translation.” 


Our official website: https://asianmedia.modlangs.gatech.edu/

Student Projects: https://asianmedia.modlangs.gatech.edu/ourprojects/


Issues Involved or Addressed

While all our projects promote the study of East Asian Media in some form, specific issues addressed vary from project to project. Student projects have included Japanese fantasy and science fiction translations, a comparative study of cross-cultural reception of Chinese science fiction, a thesis on Japanese ceramics, and a digital zine exploring the Japanese photography art form, “kojo moe,” or “factory affect.” Faculty projects include an anthology on New Asian Fantasy, the Global Media Fest, and Hivemind: Global Speculative Fiction. Students are invited to enquire about helping with the faculty projects if interested. Please click here for some examples of student projects. 


Methods and Technologies

  • Content Analysis
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Audience Analysis
  • Ethnography
  • Interviews
  • Translation
  • Media Production
  • Surveys
  • Audio

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Ivan AllenApplied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Economics and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Other
  • Sciences

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Background or interest in media studies, literature, journalism, media production, cultural studies, and/or art history recommended. Interest in exploring an East Asian language or culture (China, Japan, Korea, etc.) required. Class will be in English, but student project can be conducted in the target language. Please contact the VIP instructor for more information.


Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Swann 314
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Amanda Weiss