Chinese

Over one billion people speak some form of Chinese. Modern Standard Chinese, the official language of China, is spoken by more than eight hundred million people, making it the most widely spoken language in the world. Chinese boasts the longest unbroken literary tradition of any modern civilization, with the oldest texts dating to more than three thousand years ago. Among the most famous works of Chinese literature are some of the great treasures of world heritage, such as the belle-lettristic treatises of early figures such as Confucius and Mencius, the works of Tang dynasty poets such as Li Bo, Du Fu and Wang Wei, and early modern vernacular novels such as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the Dream of the Red Chamber. Today China continues to produce exciting works of intellectual and political history, literature and film. Chinese characters, the writing system invented by the Chinese in the late Shang period, ca. 1200 B.C., and still in use today, have been central to the development of writing in other Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

In recent decades China's global reach has grown dramatically. The country plays an increasingly important political, economic, and cultural role on the world stage. Chinese immigrants and their descendants form vibrant communities in the United States, Canada and in many other countries around the world.

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington is committed to providing students with cultural, literary and linguistic proficiency in Chinese. The department's world-class program offers a wide range of courses in modern Chinese, from beginning to advanced levels, as well as in Classical Chinese at all levels. The department also offers courses in Chinese literature (both in the original and in English translation), film, and linguistics. Departmental courses serve the entire UW community of students, as well as departmental majors and minors.

Please see the UW Course Catalog for course descriptions and Courses for class offerings per quarter.

Faculty in This Area

Senior Lecturer
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Chinese Program Coordinator
C. Lu
Assistant Professor in Chinese Language and Linguistics, Chinese Language Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Senior Lecturer

All content tagged with this term:

Research

Publications, Essays

Publications, Books

People

Adjunct Associate Professor; Associate Professor of Linguistics
Senior Lecturer
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
S. Bradley
Graduate Student in Chinese Studies
Adjunct Professor; Professor of Comparative Literature
Professor Emeritus of Chinese
Lecturer
Lecturer
X. Chen
Graduate Student in Chinese Studies
Doctoral Student in Chinese Language and Literature, Teaching Assistant in Chinese
Y. Chou
Graduate Student in Chinese Language and Literature
Graduate Student in Chinese, Teaching Assistant in Chinese
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Chinese Program Coordinator
Professor Emeritus of Chinese
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Graduate Student in Chinese Language and Literature; Teaching Assistant in Korean Language
Graduate Student in Chinese, Teaching Assistant in Chinese
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature
Doctoral Student in Chinese Language and Literature
C. Lu
Assistant Professor in Chinese Language and Linguistics, Chinese Language Coordinator
Doctoral Student in Chinese Language and Literature
Graduate Student in Chinese
Assistant Professor
Graduate Student in Chinese Language and Literature
Senior Lecturer
Professor
Doctoral Student in Chinese Language and Literature; Teaching Assistant in Chinese
Graduate Student in Chinese Language and Literature, Teaching Assistant in Chinese

Events

2016

Title Date Time Location
Peking Opera Demystified
Ghaffar Pourazar
Nov 30 12:30pm Music Building, Room 213
Hmong New Year Celebration Nov 5 Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion
A Glimpse of China - Chinese Culture and Arts Festival May 21 Seattle Center, Armory Main Floor
Exploratory Symposium for the Online Scholarly-Translation Collaborative Project
Assistant Professor Wang Ping
Mar 29 to Mar 30 Thomson Hall, Room 317

2014

Title Date Time Location
Contested Understandings of the Region East and South of Lake Balkash During the Qing Dynasty: Studies on Five Manchu Documents, 1758-1771
Fulbright Scholar Dr. Bakhyt Ezhankhan-uli
Jun 5 12:30pm to 2:00pm Thomson Hall 317
Rural Banking in China: Geographically Accessible but Conditionally Excluded?
Godfrey Yeung, National University of Singapore
May 29 12:00pm Thomson Hall 317
Chinese Law Panel Discussion May 22 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317
Workshop for Educators: Exploring Asia: Asian Cities – Growth and Change
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Newspapers In Education
Apr 29 5:00pm to 8:00pm The Vancouver Room, Seattle Times Building
AP Chinese Workship: Developing Writing Proficiency in "DISCOURSE" Apr 19 101 Thomson Hall
Between Writing and Publishing Letters: A Letter for Claiming Book Proprietorship
Suyoung Son, University of Colorado-Boulder
Apr 18 3:30pm Savery Hall 136
Asian Languages and Literature Colloquium Series: A Typology of Errors: Reading Classical Chinese in 17th Century Vietnam
Dr. John Duong Phan, JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics, Department of Crosslinguistic Studies
Apr 16 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317
2014 CLTA-WA Sping Meeting Mar 29 101 Thomson Hall
Society for Textual Scholarship - International Interdisciplinary Conference Mar 20 to Mar 22 University of Washington Campus
The Story of the Stone and the Art of Deceiving in the Manchu Court, 1723-1796
Wei Shang, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Mar 6 3:30pm Communications 202
Zen in Love: Passionate poetry by the monk Ikkyû Sôjun
Thomas Hare, Princeton University
Mar 1 9:30am to 11:00am Seattle Asian Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium
Film Screening: "Imported from China"
Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS)
Feb 19 6:30pm to 8:00pm HUB Lyceum
The Lives and Deaths of Tao Hongjing: A Cave-Dweller’s View of Medieval Chinese Religious Biography and Epigraphy
Dr. Ian Chapman, University of Washington
Jan 24 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317
Attitudes Towards Law: The Impact of Legal Education and Historical Experience in Japan and China
Michael K. Young, President, University of Washington
Jan 21 3:30pm William H. Gates Hall 138
China’s Financial System: Peril or Promise?
Dr. Sara Hsu, State University of New York
Jan 16 3:30pm Thomson Hall 317

2013

Title Date Time Location
Asian TA Application Workshop Dec 6 3:30pm Savery 264
Random Thoughts on Japanese and Chinese Calligraphy
Yoshiaki Shimizu, Princeton University
Apr 26 3:30pm Gowen 201
Departmental Colloquium - "Poetic Dialogues and Literary Symposia in Early Medieval China"
Hsiang-Lin Shih
Apr 25 3:30pm Savery 140
AP Chinese Workshop: Developing Communicative Competence in Chinese
Hong Gang Jin, Hamilton College
Apr 20 Thomson 101
CLTA-WA 2013 Spring Workshop
Dr. Richard Chi
Mar 23 Thomson Hall 101

2012

Title Date Time Location
Workshop for Applying for TA Positions in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language Programs Nov 16 1:30pm to 2:50pm Denny Hall 304
"New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia + The World" - An international conference Nov 15 to Nov 17 Henry Art Gallery
Evenings with Ai Weiwei - "One Recluse" Nov 2 7:00pm to 9:30pm Smith Hall, Room 102, Seattle, WA
Evenings with Ai Weiwei - "So Sorry" Nov 1 7:00pm to 9:30pm Smith Hall, Room 102, Seattle, WA
Evenings with Ai Weiwei - "Ordos 100" Oct 31 7:00pm to 9:30pm Smith Hall, Room 102, Seattle, WA
Evenings with Ai Weiwei - "Disturbing the Peace" Oct 30 7:00pm to 9:30pm Smith Hall, Room 102, Seattle, WA
Evenings with Ai Weiwei - "Fairytale" Oct 29 7:00pm to 9:30pm Smith Hall, Room 102, Seattle, WA
An Evening with Sidney Rittenberg - "The Revolutionary" Film Screening & Fireside Chat Oct 23 6:00pm to 8:30pm Thomson Hall, Room 101, Seattle, WA
The Sino-Japanese Island Conflict: How Much Cause for Concern?
David Bachman
Oct 4 11:00am to 12:30pm Thomson Hall, Room 317

2011

Title Date Time Location
"Literary Languages, Koines, and the Emergence of Modern Standard Chinese"
South Coblin, University of Iowa
May 11 7:30pm
"Humans, Beasts, Ghosts of Modern China: The Comedic Vision of Qian Zhongshu"
Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia
Feb 25 3:30pm to 5:00pm Denny 205

2010

Title Date Time Location
"Historical Phonological Strata of the Chinese Tong, Yui, and Liu Rhyme Groups as reflected in Sino-Korean"
Hyokjun Kwon, Korea University
Nov 19 3:30pm to 5:00pm Savery 130
English words with Chinese etymologies: a peregrination through the American Heritage Dictionary
Zev Handel, University of Washington
May 27 3:30pm
"Old Chinese Medials and their Sino-Tibetan Origins: A Comparative Study"
Zev Handel, University of Washington
May 4 3:30pm

2009

Title Date Time
"Variability and Consistency of Chinese Writings from the Warring States Period (480-221 B.C.)"
Haeree Park, University of Washington
Mar 14 3:30pm

2008

Title Date Time Location
"Figures for Memory: Personal Moments in Medieval Chinese Poetry"
Professor Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado at Boulder
May 14 7:30pm Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)
"Variability and Consistency of Chinese Writings from the Warring States Period (480-221 B.C.)"
Haeree Park, University of Washington
Mar 14

2007

Title Date Time Location
"Correlative Thinking, Recitation and the Realization of Desire in early Han Fu"
Cheng Yu-yu, National Taiwan University; Visiting Professor, Harvard University
Jun 1
"Huo Yuanjia: The Death and Birth of the Modern Chinese Martial Hero"
Chris Hamm, University of Washington
Apr 18 3:30pm to 5:00pm Communications 226

2006

Title Date Time Location
The 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages & Linguistics Sep 14 to Sep 17
"Chan Buddhism in China Today"
Cris Cyders and Tony Fairbank
Apr 20 3:30pm Communications 226

2005

Title Date Time Location
"Did 'Moat' End in M? Implications for an Old Chinese Word Family"
Zev Handel, University of Washington
Dec 1 3:30pm Thomson Hall 211
"'To be' or Not 'to be': Observations by a Chinese Linguist on Matters of Grammar"
Anne Yue-Hashimoto, University of Washington
Nov 22 7:30pm Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)
"A Project for a Chinese Buddhist Dictionary"
Seishi Karashima, Professor, International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, Tokyo, Japan
May 18 3:30pm Communications 226
"Travels of a Culture: Chinese Poetry and the European Imagination"
Professor Pauline Yu, American Council of Learned Societies
May 11 8:00pm Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)
"Reconstructing the Pronunciation of Old Chinese -- and Beyond"
Zev Handel, University of Washington
Feb 22 3:30pm Communications 226
"The Anti-Agent: [ha] in Huangshui Chinese"
Keith Dede, Lewis & Clark College
Jan 5 3:30pm Communications 226

2004

Title Date Time Location
"Cinema and Urban Renewal in the PRC"
Yomi Braester, University of Washington
Jan 21 3:30pm Communications 226

2003

Title Date Time Location
"Rose or Jade? Problems in Translating Medieval Chinese Literature"
David R. Knechtges, University of Washington
Nov 25 8:00pm Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)

2001

Title Date Time Location
"Cognitive Approaches to Chinese Historical Linguistics"
Professor Christoph Harbsmeier, University of Oslo
May 22 8:00pm Walker-Ames Room (Kane 225)

1999

Title Date Time Location
"Hong Taeyong and the Korean Rediscovery of China in the Eighteenth Century"
Professor Gari Ledyard, Columbia University
May 3 7:00pm Seafirst Executive Education Building, Boeing Auditorium