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Our Mission

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature has enjoyed an international reputation for its teaching and research in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Asia. Our mission is to examine and investigate, discover and identify, and share our findings and perspectives with the larger community.

Your Support Matters

Your support will make a huge difference in the life of the department, as it is essential to sustain departmental activities, colloquia, symposia, workshops, and faculty research travels. With your support, we will continue to carry out important activities within the University and the community at large in the decades to come.

Friends of Asian Languages Fund

This discretionary fund provides immediate financial support with maximum flexibility to address the most pressing needs of the department. In addition to supporting the department’s five programs in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian languages, your donation will also support talks, symposia, colloquia, and other teaching and research activities that serve the university, local, and international communities.

Washin Kai - Friends of Classical Japanese at UW Support Campaign

Washin Kai 和心会, also known as Friends of Classical Japanese at UW, was formed in the spring of 2018 to preserve and strengthen classical Japanese studies at UW.  We are a group of volunteers from the Puget Sound community with strong ties to the university and to Japan.  Our goal is to create a permanent fund at UW, dedicated to supporting the study of classical Japanese language, literature and culture.  Click here to learn more about our efforts to preserve Classical Japanese at UW. 

Please show your support for Classical Japanese by donating to the Friends of Classical Japanese Language Literature and Culture Fund below.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss making a targeted donation to the department, please contact the chair directly at or through the main office at 206-543-4996.