A Talk by Prof. Shoichi Iwasaki (University of Hawaii) on November 3, 2014 ***

As a follow up to the September 12th roundtable "Asian Studies in the 21st Century", we will continue our conversation on the future of Asian Studies and Asian Languages by having Professor Shoichi Iwasaki (University of Hawaii at Manoa) as a special guest:

  • 12:00-1:15pm (206 Ingraham), November 3, 2014

Korean e-School New Courses for Spring 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) Language and Society of Two Koreas (by Prof. Hang Tae Cho, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and 2) Language and Culture in Everyday Life: Korean and Korean Americans (by Prof. Susan Strauss, Penn State University)

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)

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." 

Placement Tests***

Currently, placement tests (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) are schdeuled for Spring 2015.  For further information, click here.

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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