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Great Wall of China photo
January 14, 2019
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 26 through August 24, 2019.  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
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
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