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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 
Cover for Professor Salomon’s "Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations"
July 13, 2018
In April 2018, Professor Salomon’s Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations, was published by Wisdom Publications as a volume in their “Classics of Indian Buddhism” Series. This volume is a distillation of the results of more than twenty years of study of the world’s oldest surviving Buddhist manuscripts by Professor Salomon and his collaborators in the University of Washington Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project. In contrast to project’s... Read more
Image from Markus lecture, showing Dr. Paul Atkins (Department chair), Dr. Ronald Egan and his wife (lecturer), and Dr. Ping Wang
June 29, 2018
May 8th, 2018, 6:30 PM Kane Hall, 225, Walker Ames Room (Summary by Dr. Ping Wang.) For this year's Andrew L Markus Memorial Lecture, Professor Ronald Egan, Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature and Confucius Institute Professor of Sinology at Stanford University, treated all who attended to a wonderful tour of poetry and paintings from late imperial China. His lecture, entitled "The Appropriation of Tang Poetry in Later Chinese Painting," was presented on May 8th,... Read more
Professor Atkins and Mr. Saburi
June 12, 2018
The 2018 annual convocation and awards ceremony marked the passing of another successful year for the department. Featured front and center were the accomplishments of our graduating students. The Department conferred a total of 71 Bachelor of Arts degrees this year: 14 in Chinese, 37 in Japanese, 7 in Korean, 2 in South Asian Languages and Literature, and 11 in the Asian Languages and Culture major, brand new in spring quarter 2018. A number of graduate students received degrees this year. The... Read more
Bronze Lion Statue at Taihe Gate, Forbidden City. Photo by Chan Lu
March 21, 2018
Directing this year's summer study abroad program to Beijing, China is Professor Chan Lu, and co-director, Liping Yu.  Twenty UW students will attend this UW faculty-led program for eight weeks from June 28 through August 22, 2018.  The program will be housed in the Beijing Language and Culture University, the oldest and most renowned university in China for teaching Chinese as a second language.    Our 15 credit program encompasses morning intensive Chinese language classes, afternoon... Read more
Northeast Vietnam Cultural History and Landscape Study Abroad Seminar: August 19 - September 10, 2018
February 28, 2018
The Department of Asian Languages & Literature is proud to announce a new summer study abroad program bringing students to Vietnam. Led by Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner, the program offers 5 UW credits in Vietnamese language and cultural studies, and counts toward undergraduate I&S or VLPA requirements. Traveling to the likes of Ha Noi, Hai Phong (Seattle's sister city), Cat Ba Island, Yen Tu Mountain, and the Bach Dang River, the program will offer a deep engagement with modern Vietnamese... Read more
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January 3, 2018
In October, Professor Zev Handel was invited to Seoul to deliver the 71st Societas Koreana Lecture, titled "The Hidden Influence of Chinese Characters and Words on Korean Vocabulary and Writing". This non-technical talk was presented to an audience of foreign diplomats, educators and business leaders. Four doctoral graduates of our department, Sun-Mi Kim, Jung-Im Chang, Jeongsoo Shin, and Wook-Jin Jeong, were in attendance. Dr. Kim was the moderator who introduced Professor Handel. The hour-... Read more
"Mobilizing Krishna's World" by Heidi R. M. Pauwels, published by the University of Washington Press
December 15, 2017
Mobilizing Krishna's World by Heidi R. M. Pauwels, professor of Asian languages and literature at the University of Washington, was published by University of Washington Press. Here are excerpts from the publisher's description: Savant Singh (1694-1764), the Rajput prince of Kishangarh-Rupnagar, is famous for commissioning beautiful works of miniature painting and composing devotional (bhakti) poetry to Krishna under the nom de plume Nagaridas. After his throne was usurped by his... Read more
Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present
November 12, 2017
On September 15-6, Prof. Heidi Pauwels organized an international symposium on “Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present,” as part of an ongoing interdisciplinary effort to understand how Hindu, Muslim, and Jain cultural self-understandings were shaped in India’s past and how that relates to the present. An international team of scholars presented their work on the processes involved in memory construction and the formation of emotional regimes as expressed in early vernacular... Read more
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October 31, 2017
Ms. ​Kima Hotta performed a dramatic recitation of excerpts from the medieval Japanese martial epic​​ "The Tale of the Heike​" before an audience of more than 200 people at the University of Washington, Seattle, ​on ​Oct​ober​ 25, 2017​.​ Kima Hotta is an accomplished dramatic reciter of Japanese literary texts and leader of Rodoku Network Japan. Since 2003, Ms. Hotta has devoted her efforts to the preservation of the beauty of the Japanese language through dramatic recitations of classic and... Read more

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