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Sinography book cover
March 6, 2019
Associate Professor Zev Handel has a new book being published in April, 2019.  In Sinography: The Borrowing and Adaptation of the Chinese Script, Zev Handel provides a comprehensive analysis of how the structural features of these languages constrained and motivated methods of script adaptation.  In the more than 3,000 years since its invention, the Chinese script has been adapted many times to write languages other than Chinese, including Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Zhuang. This... Read more
the quad with cherry blossoms
February 21, 2019
Check out all of the College of Arts & Sciences Fulbright recipients! Featured on UW News 
Grammar textbook yellow cover
February 19, 2019
Senior Lecturer Liping Yu's new Chinese grammar teaching book has been published by Xin Xuelin.  Interaction and Chinese Grammar Pedagogy is a book on teaching methodology.  It is composed of two parts: the teaching theory and the teaching practice. It guides readers to outline the possibility of interaction between the teaching practice under the guidance of teaching theory. This book hopes to build a bridge between pedagogical grammar and pedagogical research on theorizing teaching... Read more
Professor Atkins speaks to alumni
February 14, 2019
On November 17, 2018, Professor of Japanese Paul Atkins delivered a talk entitled, “Making It New in Medieval Japanese Poetry,” at UW Converge Tokyo. UW Converge aims to connect international alumni to the UW’s leadership, knowledge, resources and networks.  Watch the video below of Professor Atkins' speech: 
Prof. Atkins in office
January 30, 2019
Professor Paul Atkins' October, 2018 interview with the North American Post is now available in Japanese on the Soy Source magazine website, here. The original article in English can be found on the North American Post website, here.
Chinese Literacy Learning in an Immersion Program
January 25, 2019
This book examines one-way foreign language immersion education in the United States. It provides a clear and rich description of a Chinese (Mandarin) immersion program, its curriculum, instructional materials, assessment activities, parental involvement and student outcomes. Chan Lü analyses two studies that document the development of the students’ reading skills in English and Chinese, and the progress of their vocabulary knowledge, lexical inference, and reading comprehension in Chinese. In... Read more
The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang image
January 11, 2019
Xiang Kairan, who wrote under the pen name “The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang,” is remembered as the father of modern Chinese martial arts fiction, one of the most distinctive forms of twentieth-century Chinese culture and the inspiration for China’s globally popular martial arts cinema. In this book, John Christopher Hamm shows how Xiang Kairan’s work and career offer a new lens on the transformations of fiction and popular culture in early twentieth-century China. The Unworthy Scholar from... Read more
Melinda Frank Bangladesh photo
December 26, 2018
 Melinda Frank, director, Learning Environment, SOM: DEANS: Student Affairs, submitted the prize-taking photo this time around with the caption: “Old Dhaka is located on the banks of the Buriganga River in Bangladesh. It was once the center of the muslin trade, and it’s still vibrant today with vendors selling goods on their boats. The terminal states that 30,000 people per day on average board the 200 or so crossings. I visited as the sun began to go down. The warm glow created a sense of... Read more
Bengali text orange image
December 14, 2018
The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a 0.75 FTE part-time Lecturer in Bengali. The initial appointment, beginning Autumn Quarter 2019, is for a one year, renewable if mutually agreeable. Applicants must have at least an M.A. or M.S. degree (or foreign equivalent), native or native-equivalent proficiency in Bengali, English fluency, and at least five years of experience teaching at the college or university level. The successful... Read more
Vietnamese cave
November 26, 2018
Part-time Lecturer in Vietnamese   The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a 50% part-time Lecturer in Vietnamese. The initial appointment, beginning 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 Vietnamese, foreign language teaching, or another relevant area. Native or native-equivalent proficiency in Vietnamese, English fluency, and at... Read more