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Sophia Lu, a member of the Department of Asian Languages & Literature's Chinese Flagship Program and a fourth-year student majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Naval Sciences, has recently been awarded a Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships are competitive awards that fund the intensive study of… Read more
The Department of Asian Languages & Literatures congratulates Dr. Richard Salomon, Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit, on his election as an honorary member of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). As Austria's largest non-university research and science institution, the OeAW strives to promote science in every respect, across a broad range of fields and disciplines.  Congratulations, Professor Salomon!
Dr. Zev Handel, Professor of Chinese Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages & Literature, delivered the 2024 Washin Kai Spring Lecture to a packed auditorium on April 3.  Professor Handel's lecture, titled "Chinese Characters across Asia: Continuity and Transformation in Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese," explored how the building blocks of the Chinese script were adapted to represent the words and sounds of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese – languages as different from… Read more
Dr. Nazry Bahrawi, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Literature, was interviewed for a feature story in BBC StoryWorks, titled "Found in translation: Letters from a multilingual island." The article explores Prof. Bahrawi's translation philosophy and practice in the context of Singaporean multiculturalism and multilingualism, and features an excerpt from his English-language translation of the 18th-century Malay tale Hikayat Raja Babi. … Read more
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In Singapore’s growing microcosm of modern multiculturalism, literary translators bridge people across walks of life. These skilled story-weavers shoulder the responsibility of making our far-reaching roots accessible to readers around the world. Nazry Bahrawi, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature, is quoted. Featured on… Read more
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Chinese, like the other earliest inventions of writing, emerged in complex societies, where people needed to use symbols for writing. The script started as pictures, but quickly evolved to incorporate other mechanisms capable of indicating abstract concepts and grammatical structures. When Classical (or ancient) Chinese script spread, literate people in other cultures not only mastered it, but they then used it to represent their own distinct spoken languages in written form. Zev Handel,… Read more
"Wabi-sabi is typically described as a traditional Japanese aesthetic: the beauty of something perfectly imperfect, in the sense of 'flawed' or 'unfinished.' Actually, however, wabi and sabi are similar but distinct concepts, yoked together far more often outside Japan than in it," writes Paul Atkins, professor of Asian languages and literature at the UW.… Read more
Grace Rothmeyer, a member of the Chinese Flagship Program and a third-year double-major in Chinese and Informatics, has been awarded a Critical Languages Scholarship to allow her to further her studies in Chinese this summer.  As a participant in Chinese Flagship and a Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) awardee, Grace is an accomplished student of… Read more
The Department of Asian Languages & Literature's Dr. Chan Lü, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics, recently received a grant from the Harmonious Bilingualism Network (HaBilNet) for her research into bilingualism and language development within Chinese immigrant families in the United States. The project, titled "Bilingual Parents' Parenting Styles, Family Language Use and Children's Well-being: A Case Study of Chinese Immigrant Families in the United States,"… Read more
Professor Bich-Ngoc Turner recently published a work of short fiction in the Vietnamese-language journal Nhà Văn và Cuộc Sống - Tiếng Nói của Nhà Văn Việt Nam (Journal of Authors and Life - Voices of Vietnamese Writers). The story, "Tết ở Xứ Tuyết" ("Lunar New Year in the Snowland"), was crafted as fiction, drawing inspiration from the author's own encounters during the Lunar New Year celebrations in Washington, D.C. back in 2014. Set against the backdrop of bustling city life, the… Read more