W. Evan Young is currently a doctoral candidate in Princeton's East Asian Studies Department where he studies the history of Japan, China, and Korea. His main research focus is the history of illness and therapy in early modern Japan. His dissertation seeks to answer the question of how families in late Tokugawa Japan dealt with illness. Evan maintains a broad interest in teaching East Asian history and culture and is currently teaching a course introducing humanities in East Asia (HUM/EAS 234: East Asian Humanities: Tradition and Transformation).
Evan received his BA from St. Olaf College, where he studied music and biology before turning his attention to Asian Studies. He then spent two years intensively studying modern and classical Chinese language at Cornell University and the Inter-University Program (IUP) in Beijing.
Evan recently returned from two years in Japan, where he studied advanced Japanese language at the Inter-University Center (IUC) in Yokohama and conducted research as a visiting research fellow at Keio University, Tokyo. He has presented his work in the United States at the Circulation of Medical Knowledge in East Asia Conference held in Princeton, and in Japan at Yokohama City University and at the Annual Congress of the Japanese Society for the History of Medicine in Tokyo.