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Professor Lu delivering her lecture
November 8, 2018
Chan Lü, assistant professor of Chinese language and linguistics, was invited to deliver a lecture at the Seminars in Hearing and Communications Sciences (SHACS).  The lecture is entitled "Language and literacy learning through dual language immersion". In the lecture, Dr. Lü first described the overall development of dual language immersion programs in the United States, and then discussed the studies she conducted on school age children in an English-Mandarin dual language immersion program... Read more
November 6, 2018
Professor Chris Hamm was interviewed on the passing of popular Chinese author, Jin Yong.  To read the New York Times article, please see here.
Washin Kai Lecture
November 1, 2018
Paul Atkins, professor of Japanese and department chair, gave a lecture on the medieval Japanese poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241), titled “Friends from a World Unseen: Fujiwara no Teika and Medieval Japanese Poetry.” It was introduced by Mr. Tay Yoshitani, a member of Washin Kai.  This lecture touched on Teika’s life, some of his most famous poems, and his work’s reception over the centuries since his death. Dr. Atkins’ intriguing and wide-ranging overview of Teika’s impact on Japanese... Read more
Jack Stoneman photo
October 24, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Professor Jack Stoneman from Brigham Young University will give a lecture title, “The Meaning of Production and the Production of Meaning in Traditional Japanese Poetry, Printing and Painting”.   In the history of Japanese culture, whether traditional poetry (waka) or religious icons or animal portraiture, the means by which cultural artifacts are produced bear a sometimes complicated relationship to the production... Read more
Professor Atkins standing in office
October 15, 2018
Professor Paul Atkins was interviewed by Bruce Rutledge from the North American Post about the early career choices that led him to focus on Japanese poetry and the poet, Fujiwara no Teika.  To read the full interview, click here.    If you would like to learn more about Teika, everyone is welcome to attend Professor Atkins' lecture on Thursday,... Read more
Cherry Blossoms in UW Quad
October 12, 2018
The Asian Languages and Literature department has recently added a brand new major! The Asian Languages and Culture (AL&C) major will be joining our existing language-specific majors in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and South Asian Languages and Literature. Students will also have the option of minoring in Asian Languages and Culture. Who is this major for? Transfer students or heritage speakers who might not be able to take a full four years of... Read more
Art and Engagement in Postwar Japan book cover
October 8, 2018
In September 2018, Professor Justin Jesty's new book, Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan was published by Cornell University Press.   Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan reframes the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945. This fascinating cultural history addresses our broad understanding of the immediate postwar era moving toward the Cold War and subsequent consolidations of political and cultural life. At the same time, Jesty delves into an... Read more
sensei kanji
October 4, 2018
Full-time Lecturer in Japanese The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Japanese. The initial appointment, starting Autumn Quarter 2019, is for three years, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must have at least an M.A. degree, or foreign equivalent, in Japanese, foreign language teaching, or another relevant area. Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese, English fluency, and at least one year of... Read more
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
Mt. Fuji with cherry blossoms
July 20, 2018
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has honored Asian Languages and Literature with a 2018 commendation for its outstanding contributions to the promotion of education and research about Japan in the U.S.   Our Department of Asian Languages and Literature embodies this spirit of global connection and collaboration. Starting in 1910 with a course on classical Japanese literature, the UW Department of Asian Language and Literature has been instrumental in the development and expansion of... Read more