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presenter shows Urdu calligraphy
June 11, 2019
Renowned calligrapher Ustàd Ali Rouhfar visited UW Urdu students on May 3, 2019. In this one-day calligraphy workshop he gave an overview on the development and salient features of different styles of Urdu, Persian and Arabic calligraphy such as Kufi, Nashk, Tuluth and Nastaliq. Students learned the basic movements, measurements and strokes of Kufic and Nastaliq. Ustàd Ali Rouhfar invited students to copy the words and phrases he wrote. Then he checked students writing and gave feedback. The... Read more
middle school students in front of Suzzallo library
June 4, 2019
On May 31, 2019 our Chinese program was visited by fifteen 8th grade students from Mercer International Middle School.  This is the third cohort to have graduated from Seattle Public School's K-5 Chinese immersion program.  They were accompanied by their teachers, Jingwen Li of Mercer International Middle School and Feng Zhou of Rainier Beach High School.   The students came to UW to participate in activities hosted by the Alliance for Multilingual... Read more
Colloquium presenters
May 21, 2019
The annual Asian Languages and Literature Graduate Student Colloquium took place on May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Traditionally, the Graduate Student Colloquium is designed for Asian L&L students to get together and share ideas with graduate students from other departments, and practice presenting their work in a friendly, supportive environment. It is a great opportunity for students to not only to learn from each other, but also to network and meet students studying similar topics... Read more
Cosmopolitan Dreams book cover
May 17, 2019
In late nineteenth-century South Asia, the arrival of print fostered a dynamic and interactive literary culture. There, within the pages of Urdu-language periodicals and newspapers, readers found a public sphere that not only catered to their interests but encouraged their reactions to featured content. Cosmopolitan Dreams brings this culture to light, showing how literature became a site in which modern daily life could be portrayed and satirized, the protocols of modernity challenged, and new... Read more
Panelists take photo together
April 4, 2019
Vietnamese lecturer, Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner participated in a panel discussion titled, "Trimming the Hegemony: Linguistic Imperialism and Ethnic Diversity in the Language Classroom" at this year's AAS conference in Denver, CO on March 24, 2019.   Panelists discussed the roles and responsibilities of Southeast Asian language programs and teachers in designing curricula and materials that reflect linguistic diversity in Southeast Asia.  Dr. Turner, along with other discussants shared strategies on... Read more
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.