Summer Newsletter 2022

On June 10, 2022, the Department of Asian Languages and Literature held our 2022 Convocation and Awards Ceremony and Reception in Kane Hall on the UW campus in Seattle. It was our first in-person convocation event since 2019, and people were ready! We had approximately 180 students, faculty, special guests, family, and friends celebrating our students’ accomplishments. Our special guests included the Consul General of Japan in Seattle with his wife and one of his staff members, the Director of… Read more
At the 2022 Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture held on May 9, Sharalyn Orbaugh, professor of Japanese literature and popular culture and Head of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, argued that love, rather than hate or violence, performs the political work of Japan’s wartime propaganda as expressed through kamishibai (paper theater). Orbaugh began her talk entitled “Japanese Propaganda and the Power of Love: Mobilizing the Wartime Empire” by immersing the audience into… Read more
The Department of Asian Languages and Literature is excited to announce that Dr. Ungsan Kim will join the department this autumn as assistant professor. Dr. Kim received his BA in 2000 in German Language and Literature and MA in 2008 in Comparative Literature, both from Seoul National University. He received his PhD in 2019 in English and earned a graduate certificate in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Washington. In 2019-2021, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow (LSA Collegiate… Read more
Watch this exciting new video to learn more about our dynamic Sanskrit program! This video was produced by Assistant Professor Joe Marino, Lecturer Amruta M. Chandekar, and Dr. Russell Hugo of the UW Language Learning Center. Our ability to run a full course of Sanskrit language instruction depends on the support of community members and donors. You can learn more about how to donate to support Sanskrit studies at UW on our… Read more