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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