Why East Asian Studies?

East Asian Studies alumni pursue a large variety of directions after graduation; a few are highlighted below. Please peruse our alumni newsletters and Year of China alumni video project to discover even more possibilities. 

The ArmouryThe ArmouryFashion Designer and Entreprenuer Mark Cho '05

 Since graduating, Mark worked in NYC in fashion, next London in real estate banking, then moved to China. Mark now splits his time between Shanghai, Cheng-du, Hong Kong and London. He recently started up Hong Kong’s first authentic men’s store, The Armoury, which specializes in tailored clothing and classic menswear from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan.

International Financier Emily Farrow '02

 After Brown, Emily worked and studied in Japan for several years, then returned to the US to complete her master's degree in International Business at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She now works at a financial firm in Boston.

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History Scholar and Professor Andrew Meyer '89

Andrew is an Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College, where he teaches courses on Chinese and Japanese history. His publications include The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China (co- translated with John Major, Sarah Queen, and Harold Roth, Columbia University Press, 2010), and The Dao of the Military: Liu An’s Art of War (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Future Doctor of Korean Medicine Gerardo Tejada '10

Gerardo is studying Korean language intensively so that he may apply to Korean Medical School by 2015. 

Lawyer and Gender Justice Advocate Mariko Miki '01Mariko Miki, J.D.Mariko Miki, J.D.

After graduating from Brown with an AB in East Asian Studies and Political Science, Mariko earned her JD at Harvard Law School. Mariko now works at Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), in Oakland, CA. LSRJ is a national, non-profit network of law students and lawyers that educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. 


Aikido Instructor and Zen Practitioner Benjamin Boas '06

Benjamin received his teacher’s certificate after successfully completing the 11-month Instructors Training Course at the Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He also organizes the popular, monthly Brown-Harvard Zen session at Engakuji.

Freelance Photographer Aya Brackett '01

Aya works as a freelance travel and food photographer for publications including the New York Times Magazine, Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure.