Student Activities

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KGK: East Asian Studies Undergraduate Students' Association

KGK stand for Kanpai, Ganbei, Konbae or "cheers" in all three of the East Asian languages (Japanese, Chinese and Korean). The KGK is a departmental association that acts as a liaison between the Department of East Asian Studies and the students within the department. It also provides support for the students in East Asian Studies and hosts social events to create a fun, welcoming environment between all disciplines.

To stay up to date with department events, guest speakers, study abroad opportunities, and other East Asia related information, please like us on Facebook.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at: kgk@ualberta.ca and we will be happy to assist you!

Executives Fall 2020:

Co-president - Katie Lu
Hello! My name is Katie Lu, and I am one of the two co-presidents this year. My major is in Management Information Systems, and my minor is in Computing Science. Previously, I have taken Japanese courses at uAlberta, and currently, I regularly attend JCC. I hope to work together and maintain the normal KGK activities this year despite the pandemic and the potential restructuring. I look forward to working with you all!
Co-president - Kaylee Kim
My name is Kaylee Kim, and I will be entering my third year at the University of Alberta. I am in the Nursing program! Through serving as a co-president alongside Katie Lu, I hope to promote East Asian languages and cultures to the U of A community and beyond! Also, I want to advocate for hosting more engaging cultural events throughout the year.
VP Chinese Studies - Zengyi (Icey) Kuang
I'm Zengyi (Icey), the current VP of Chinese Studies. I am a third-year international student majoring in Nutrition and Food Science. I hope that the CCC can provide people with a good cultural atmosphere to share ideas and get inspired. Since the club is not limited to UofA members, everyone interested in Chinese culture is welcome.
AVP Chinese Studies - Yuhe Zou
I am Yuhe Zou, this year's assistant vice president of Chinese Studies and a fourth-year undergraduate student in Palaeontology. Although I am not registered in any Chinese courses, I am a native Mandarin speaker and I am really interested in learning and teaching in general. I have studied Spanish and Japanese for three years each and have some experiences with teaching my friends Japanese as well as English and Mandarin Chinese. I really hope to create a cozy and welcoming environment in the Chinese Conversation Club along with my colleagues.
VP Japanese Studies - Jumpei Kawano
My name is Jumpei Kawano, and I am the VP of Japanese Studies with the KGK. My field of study is in Secondary Education in Mathematics and Japanese. My hope is to facilitate connections between students in the East Asian Studies faculty and students from our exchange partners through our conversation club’s online meetings. I recognize this as an important responsibility as students involved in the language programs at the Faculty of East Asian Studies would benefit from the exchange of language and culture through these online meetups.
VP Korean Studies - Tabby Leano 
Hello! My name is Tabby Leano, and I am the current VP of Korean Studies. I am in my third year, majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in International Studies. I also help run KCC and through this school year, I want to achieve the growth of our club. Despite the abrupt changes in the world, I’m confident that we can get through it together.
AVP Korean Studies - Sergio De Guzman
Hello, my name is Sergio De Guzman, and I'm this year's AVP of Korean Studies. I am a first-year business student and my major is business studies. For this year, I hope to expand KCC by gathering more members and partnering with other communities.

Chinese Conversation Club

Meetings are from 7 pm - 9 pm MT every Friday
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/CCCUofA

Drop-ins of all levels are welcome at any time in the year!

The club is a resource for any individuals currently learning Mandarin who want to practice their oral Mandarin skills in a fun and casual environment. We also welcome native and advanced Mandarin speakers to join us as facilitators.There are no fees associated with the club.

Currently, the Chinese Conversation Club (CCC) is run under the KGK: East Asian Studies Undergraduate Students' Association. For more information, please contact us at kgk@ualberta.ca.


Japanese Conversation Club

Meetings are from 7 pm - 9 pm MT every Saturday
Discord server: https://discord.gg/V8w3FRa

Drop-ins of all levels are welcome at any time in the year!

The club is a resource for any individuals currently learning Japanese who want to practice their oral Japanese skills in a fun and causal environment. We also converse for an hour in English to benefit any Japanese speakers looking to improve their spoken English. There are no fees associated with the club.

Currently, the Japanese Conversation Club (JCC) is run under the KGK: East Asian Studies Undergraduate Students' Association. For more information, please contact us at kgk@ualberta.ca.


Korean Conversation Club

Meetings are from 4 pm - 6 pm MT every Friday
Discord server: https://discord.gg/k68wjmg

A language exchange group for English and Korean speakers to mingle, learn, and make new friends! Please check out our website for more information. Like us on Facebook for the newest updates!