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bouquet of flowers
June 19, 2019
On Friday, June 14 over 200 students, family members, and faculty joined to celebrate their achievements and receive their degrees from Asian Languages and Literature.   The opening remarks were given by Ms. Naoko Shatz of the Shatz Law Group.  Many awards were given to students by faculty members. After the ceremony, a reception was enjoyed across the hall.  We hope for continued success for all of our new alumni!   Click ... Read more
the quad with cherry blossoms
February 21, 2019
Check out all of the College of Arts & Sciences Fulbright recipients! Featured on UW News 
Professor Atkins speaks to alumni
February 14, 2019
On November 17, 2018, Professor of Japanese Paul Atkins delivered a talk entitled, “Making It New in Medieval Japanese Poetry,” at UW Converge Tokyo. UW Converge aims to connect international alumni to the UW’s leadership, knowledge, resources and networks.  Watch the video below of Professor Atkins' speech: 
UW Vietnamese alumni reunion guests
September 21, 2018
 The UW Alumni Reunion took place on August 27, 2018 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This was the inaugural meeting, but hopefully will continue year after year.  With about a dozen Vietnamese nationals - some of them have returned to the United States for graduate school after UW and some continue their professional endeavors in Vietnam.  Many American and foreign expats from the state of Washington, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore were also in attendance sharing their post... Read more
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July 18, 2018
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is honoring the Dept. of Asian Language & Literature for its outstanding contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and the U.S. Featured on UW Office of Global Affairs 
A growing number of students are majoring in an Asian language and pursuing a career in the health sciences.
September 22, 2017
As an undergraduate, Bang Zheng spent his nights doing what most future medical students do: running through flashcards, memorizing new and unfamiliar terms, learning to diagnose and navigate complex systems one part at a time. Only Bang wasn’t learning the clinical features of tuberous sclerosis or a slew of anatomical terminology. Bang was studying Japanese Kanji, the logographic characters that form part of the Japanese writing system. “Every day I would set apart a few hours for science and... Read more
UW Fulbright Scholars, 2017-18
August 5, 2017
Of the 11 University of Washington students to receive the Fulbright Scholarship in 2017-2018, two come from the Department of Asian Languages & Literature. Benjamin Lee (’15, Chinese) and Christopher Diamond (current graduate student in South Asian Languages & Literature) both received the prestigious award to pursue research projects overseas. Administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State, the Fulbright Scholarship provides resources for... Read more
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March 27, 2017
To celebrate the culture behind the cherry blossoms, the UW's Asian Languages & Literature will host Sakura-Kai Wednesday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Quad at the UW campus. Featured on 
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April 11, 2016
Jie Wu, who earned her doctorate from the UW in 2008, received early tenure and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages at Murray State University.  Dr. Wu also established a Chinese Studies minor at the university.  There, her research interests include traditional Chinese literary and cultural history. 
September 3, 2015
In Memoriam:  Alan J. Berkowitz, M.A. '80, Ph.D. '89 (1950-2015) The members of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature regret the passing of Professor Alan J. Berkowitz.  At the time of his death, Professor Berkowitz was Susan W. Lippincott Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Professor of Chinese at Swarthmore College.  He was awarded an M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1989) by this department.  His doctoral dissertation, titled "Patterns of reclusion in early and early medieval... Read more