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Japanese cherry blossoms with a snowy Mt. Fuji in the background
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
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November 30, 2020
Interview conducted by Elizabeth Self, Graduate Program Advisor. Kevin Tahmoresi ’20 recently graduated with a doctoral degree in Chinese literature from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. His dissertation, entitled “The Wenyuan yinghua: Selecting Refined Literature,” focuses on a Tang dynasty poetry and prose anthology that, until now, has been little researched in the West. It explores the Wenyuan yinghua’s importance in the reception and... Read more
Image introducing Ying-Hsiu Chou's digital humanities project
November 30, 2020
Ying-Hsiu Chou’s "Deconstructing the Construction: The Female Images in Chinese Detective Films, 2010-2020" – a digital humanities project developed with support from the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities – is a videographic essay that explores the image of women in the most popular, influential Chinese detective films in this past decade. This project centers critical... Read more
Image of Campus with 'W' Sign
November 30, 2020
In spring 2020, the faculty at the University of Washington approved legislation to establish a professorial track focusing primarily on teaching. As a result, effective September 16th, 2020, the UW faculty code has been amended to replace the titles of full-time lecturers with “teaching professor” ranks and titles. For example, “senior lecturers” are now titled “associate teaching professors.” You will see these title changes reflected in our department faculty roster... Read more
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November 30, 2020
Kevin Tahmoresi (PhD Chinese literature 2020) is interviewed about his interests in the intersection of technology with the humanities.Featured on UW News 
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November 11, 2020
Hannah Quinn Hertzog (BA/BS, Computer Science, Korean and Asian Languages and Literature, 2018) has won the Fiction Grand Prize of the 51st Korea Times Translation Awards.Featured on Korea Times 
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October 13, 2020
During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage. Each week, we will share upcoming events that bring the UW, and the greater community, together online.Featured on UW News 
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October 5, 2020
The Southeast Asia Center will spearhead a new initiative to explore the effects of authoritarianism in Southeast Asia and on Southeast Asian American communities in the United States.Featured on UW News 
Sendai after the earthquake, tsunami flooding, and nuclear disaster
August 21, 2020
In autumn 2019, students of Professor Justin Jesty's JAPAN 431 class decided to put their language skills to work by translating personal accounts of the March 11, 2011 triple disasters in Sendai, Japan into English. The Center for Remembering 3.11 has been collecting photos and personal stories from those affected by the massive earthquake, tsunami, and major nuclear accident from that day. The students collaborated in translating these testimonies,... Read more
Photo of Chair Zev Handel, teaching in a class.
August 19, 2020
Note: Zev Handel's five-year term as chair of AL&L began on July 1, 2020. He is Professor of Chinese Linguistics in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, specializing in the study of the history of the Chinese language and East Asian writing systems. Professor Handel joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. A native of Boston, he now lives in Seattle with his wife and son. Dear Alumni and Friends, The... Read more