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Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan - Book Cover
October 31, 2019
Justin Jesty, associate professor of Japanese language and literature, was recently awarded the 2019 ASAP (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) Book Prize for his book titled Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan (2018). This prize is awarded annually for the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of the arts of the present. "A virtuosic study of the intersection of art and politics, Justin Jesty’s Art and Engagement in Early Postwar... Read more
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October 10, 2019
This week in the arts, attend a Washin Kai recital in classical Japanese, listen to the musical musings of Indigo Mist, converse over coffee, and more. Featured on UW News 
Lotus flower image
October 10, 2019
Full-time Lecturer in Vietnamese The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Vietnamese. The initial appointment, beginning Autumn Quarter 2020, 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 least one... Read more
photo of golden buddha statue
September 25, 2019
 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, beginning Autumn, 2020. This tenure-track appointment, full-time appointment (9-month service period) is in Buddhist Studies with a focus on original language textual studies. University of Washington faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. Given the tradition of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature in the area of Indian/South Asian... Read more
Professor Atkins speaking at the podium
July 9, 2019
With the retirement of Emperor Akihito and the accession of Emperor Naruhito on May 1, Japan entered a new reign, titled Reiwa.  Breaking with some thirteen hundred years of tradition, the Japanese government drew the name, which it says means "beautiful harmony," not from one of the Chinese classics but rather the eighth-century Japanese poetic anthology Man'yōshū (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). In an engaging and wide-ranging talk, professor of Japanese and department chair Paul... Read more
Image of students working in groups in Virtual Tokyo class.
June 25, 2019
Supported by a grant from UW East Asia Center (US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center), Virtual Tokyo (JAPAN 412), a new 4th-year Japanese class, made its debut in Spring 2019. Virtual Tokyo was designed and taught by senior lecturer Dr. Kaoru Ohta, with inspiration from Virtual Berlin, an advanced German course designed by Dr. Richard Korb of Columbia University. Virtual Tokyo offers 4th year Japanese students virtual visits to the... Read more
bouquet of flowers
June 19, 2019
On Friday, June 14 over 200 students, family members, and faculty joined to celebrate their achievements and receive their degrees from Asian Languages and Literature.   The opening remarks were given by Ms. Naoko Shatz of the Shatz Law Group.  Many awards were given to students by faculty members. After the ceremony, a reception was enjoyed across the hall.  We hope for continued success for all of our new alumni!   Click ... Read more
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