Winter Newsletter 2023

Asia Notes 2022

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The PDF version of our latest annual print newsletter, published in November.

At a celebration dinner attended by over 400 people on February 11, local publisher and community activist Assunta Ng announced the creation of a new endowment for AL&L: the Seattle Chinese Post (Xi Hua Bao) Innovation Fund in Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Assunta was our department’s convocation speaker last June. The celebration was given in honor of Assunta and her husband George Liu for over 40 years of service to the Asian American communities in the Puget Sound Region and… Read more
Documentary filmmaker Miki Dezaki screened his 2018 debut work "Shusenjo: The Main Battlefield of the 'Comfort Women' Issue" to 40 members of the university community on February 15, 2023. This event explored the fraught discourse and contemporary representations of the “comfort women,” a euphemism for the sex slaves of the Japanese empire. The film tackles head on the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea allowing viewers to follow the documentarian as he seeks answers to fiercely… Read more
As of Winter 2023, the new major and minor in South Asian Languages and Cultures are live! The major is 65 credits. Students can go in depth with a single South Asian language or combine two South Asian languages from our offerings (Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu), along with literature and culture courses. The minor is 30 credits, and allows a student to study two years of a South Asian language along with other courses. To find the text of the new major and minor, see… Read more
Asian Languages and Literature is proud to announce that Professor Izumi Matsuda-Kiami has been awarded the 2022 AATJ Outstanding Teacher Award (Post-secondary category)! AATJ is the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. You can read more about the organization and the award, as well as Izumi-sensei's acceptance message, at AATJ Teacher… Read more
We are thrilled to announce that Asian L&L doctoral candidate Ying-Hsiu Chou's videographic essay, "… Read more

Upcoming Events


Washin Kai Lecture

“Visions of the Katsura Imperial Villa”
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 - Gowen Hall room 301
Join us for a lecture by Professor Ken Oshima of University of Washington’s Department of Architecture, with participation by Professor Paul Atkins (Department of Asian Languages and Literature) and Washin Kai member and architect, Hiroshi Matsubara.
*See our calendar event post for more information!

Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture

"Inevitable Impositions: Censorship and Modern Chinese Literature"
Professor Michel Hockx, University of Notre Dame
May 8, 2023 - Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room (Kane Hall 225)
*See our calendar event post for more information!

Convocation and Awards Ceremony 

Friday, June 9th, 2023
by invitation only
email for more information