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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
February 10, 2015
Ding Xiang Warner earned her Ph.D. from our department in Spring of 1996 and she is currently an Associate Professor of Asian Studies at Cornell University. Her recent book, “Transmitting Authority: Wang Tong and the Zhongshuo in Medieval China’s Manuscript Culture,” tackles a medieval Chinese mystery. In the 11th century a Chinese scholar challenged the very existence of revered Master Wenzhong, born Wang Tong (ca. 584-617). The debate has raged on unchecked for centuries. Read more in the... Read more
July 8, 2014
  Congratulations to all of the Asian Languages and Literature 2014 graduates!   The Graduation and Awards Ceremony was held in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.  Convocation remarks were given by Mr. Eugene H. Lee of the Blakemore Foundation. For a look at all the photos from the enent please visit our new Flickr page.  
Ink drawing of Japanese man studying
June 1, 2009
This past year the Department of Asian Languages and Literature was the beneficiary of an act of extraordinary generosity on the part of two caring members of Seattle’s Japanese American community. Takashi and Lili Hori have established an endowment in the Department in support of Japanese language and literature. The explicit purpose of the Lili and Takashi Hori Endowment for Japanese Language and Literature is to enhance the ability of the Department to “recognize and reward faculty members... Read more