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March 17, 2021
Maya Lin's mother, Julia Lin, graduated with a Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from the UW and is mentioned in this article.Featured on The New York Times 
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March 9, 2021
Are you interested in learning a new language this summer, or improving your skills in a language you’ve already been studying? Maybe you want to learn more about an interesting topic like Japanese cinema? One great option is to take a Summer Session class in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. During the summer, we offer intensive language classes in Chinese (first and second year), Japanese (first, second, and third year), and Korean (first year). And we have an exciting... Read more
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February 25, 2021
Izumi Matsuda-Kiami, teaching professor of Japanese, was recently awarded the 2021 Leslie Birkland Award by the Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ). She teaches a variety of Japanese language classes in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. The Leslie Birkland Award, given annually, recognizes one teacher who has made lasting contributions to the Japanese teaching profession and teacher community in Washington.... Read more
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February 23, 2021
This week at the UW, attend Fermented Face with Candice Lin, the School of Drama's dis/re/connection, and more.Featured on UW News 
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February 23, 2021
The University of Washington is featured in this article about the world's best schools to learn Hindi.Featured on The Daily 
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January 11, 2021
On Friday, January 15th, from 12:30 to 2 pm, the University of Washington Translation Studies Hub will feature three speakers from the Dept. of Asian Languages and Literature (Paul Atkins, Ping Wang, and Justin Jesty) at their colloquium. The theme will be "Translating Poetry and Teaching Translation for Publication.” Professor Paul Atkins will be speaking on the translation of medieval Japanese Zen poetry; Professor Ping Wang will be giving a... Read more
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January 5, 2021
College of Arts & Sciences Dean Stacey explains that there is an important civic, political, social, and cultural element to an education and that you can get that in a wide variety of majors.Featured on 
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January 5, 2021
Interested in the College of Arts & Sciences but don’t know what to study? Here are six majors that you may not have discovered yet.Featured on The Daily 
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December 18, 2020
On December 10, 2020, Dr. Chang Hwang, a Deaf KSL teacher, native user of signed language, as well as a researcher and writer from South Korea, gave a presentation on the history of Korean Sign Language (KSL), how KSL grammar structure compares to spoken Korean and other signed languages, as well as changes and challenges KSL and KSL studies currently face. The presentation sparked many thoughtful questions and imparted new knowledge about KSL.  Video of Dr. Chang's presentation can be watched... Read more
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November 30, 2020
I became acquainted with UW’s Department of Asian Languages and Literature when a good friend, Naomi Minegishi, invited me to join her in her efforts to start a support group for classical Japanese literature studies in the department. I was born in Japan but have spent all my adult life in the U.S. Growing up, I was an avid reader and enjoyed literature, Japanese or otherwise. Although I chose computer science as my field of study, Japanese classical literature, especially poetry and drama,... Read more