New Courses from CIC e-school in Korean Studies (FALL 2015)***

As part of the Korea Foundation's global e-school initiative, the CIC e-school is offering Korean studies courses for Spring 2015: 1) Introduction to Korean History (11:00am-11:50am MW & Discussions on Friday by Prof. Charles Kim (UW-Madison, and 2) The Two Koreas: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation (1:20-2:40pm WF by Prof. Pil Ho Kim (Ohio State University: 

"Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy: Creating the Modern Manga/Anime Complex" A talk by Fred Schodt on April 16 (4-5:30pm, Van Hise 104)***

Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is often referred to in Japan as the “God of manga.” In this illustrated talk, Fred Schodt will discuss how Osamu Tezuka’s greatest contribution was to create a framework for the modern manga and anime industries, now at the core of the entire “Cool Japan” movement. In the process, Fred will cover the history of both Tezuka and Mighty Atom, or “Astro Boy,” and highlight the development of manga and anime as global entertainment media.  Sponsored by the UW-Madison A.W. Mellon Workshop on Comics and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature. Hosted by Professor Adam L. Kern.

An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art (April 10~July 5, 2015, Chazen Museum of Art)***

  • April 10 (1-4:30pm, Elvehjem Building L140): Symposium.  Tradition and Innovation: The Figure in Chinese Contemporary Art. Organized by the Wisconsin China Initiative, Art History, East Asian Languages and Literature, and Chazen Museum of Art
    • 1:00pm. Keynote lecture by Professor Julia Andrews (OSU)
    • 2:30-4:30pm. Roundtable discussion with artists Yu Hong, Jing Xiang, and Professors Yuhang Li, Michael Jay McClure, Julia Andrews & Nicole Huang

Liberty in North Korea - UW-Madison Chapter hosting a documentary screening on March 27 (5-7pm, Union South) 

The documentary provides a strong overview of the North Korean humanitarian issue. The film follows the rescue of a handful of North Korean refugees and offers a comprehensive overview of the North Korean people's crisis, feature interviews with North Korean refugees who have escaped, their journey to freedom, expert analysis, and insight into some of the grassroots changes happening inside the country. After the screening, there will be a brief discussion led by student leaders of LiNK.  Co-sponsored by Society and Politics and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) UW-Madison Chapter

"Not Your Grandmother's Haiku! 21st Century English-Language Haiku" A talk by Lee Gurga on March 19 

Thursday, March 19, 2015 (3:00-4:30pm, Van Hise 383):  Lee Gurga is a past-president of the Haiku Society of America and former editor of the journal Modern Haiku.  His honors inlude an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellowship, the Japan-America Society of Chicago's Cultural Achievement Award, and an American Red Cross Healthcare Heroes Award.  He is currently editor of Modern Haiku Press.

East Asian Cultures Exchange 

A student association at UW-Madison, East Asian Cultures Exchange, provides students who are inerested in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American cultures a platform to learn about cultures and improve langauge skills (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English) through active weekly discussions (Every Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm, Humanities 2125 & 2131; for further information, email to

Welcome New Graduate Students

It is our pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our new graduate students for the 2014-15 academic year: Kunihiko Homma, Miho Suzuki, Risa Wada, Yangtian Luo, Lumeng Chen, Ji Wang, Yanwen Wu, Cheng Li, and Kenia Avendano-Garro.  Welcome!  (Click here for a photo of the new students)

Placement Tests for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean 

Currently, placement tests for East Asian langauges are schdeuled for Spring 2015.  For further information, click here.

Our Students' Achievements

  • Our student, Brendan Dowling, won first place in the USA and third place in the Americas of the 14th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students (July 2 ~ August 3, 2014, China). (Read more)
  • Six students (Benjamin Adams, Matthew McGee, Alison Sharpless, Soobin Im, Samuel Rosiejka, & Seth Valenziano) from the 2014 UW-Tianjin Summer Program received awards at the 2014 Chinese Speech Contest of US Summer Programs in China (Click here for a photo of our proud students).

Japanese Major Advising

If you are interested in declaring the Japanese major, please see Professor Adam Kern (, who is available Thursday mornings 8:30-10:00 in Van Hise 1108. In advance of your meeting, please visit the on-line Student Center, print up your DARS report, read it carefully, and formulate any questions you might have. Please bring the report and your questions along with you to the meeting. If you need instructions on DARS, please see "DARS Quick Guide: Students." 

Teaching Assistant Support from UW DesignLab

We are delighted to announce that East Asian Languages and Literature is one of the departments within the College of Letters and Sciences to receive Teaching Assistant support from the UW DesignLab, funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. This support allows instructors to build meaningful digital assignments into the fabric of their courses.

For instance, here's a 15-minute digital essay courtesy of Japanese history graduate student Rebecca Shearier, which she created as a final project for Professor Adam Kern's course on early modern Japanese visual culture (E ASIAN 433/833):

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