Shu-mei Shih appointed Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature

Published: August 14, 2020

The professorship is one of many recent career honors bestowed on Shih, who joined the UCLA faculty in 1993. UCLA International Institute, August 7, 2020 — Shu-mei Shih — professor of comparative literature, Asian languages and cultures and Asian American studies — was appointed the inaugural Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA…

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Alumna’s Gift will Support the Study of Contemporary Chinese Culture

Published: July 21, 2020

A $250,000 donation from economics alumna May C. Chong has established the Heritage and Hope Endowment in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Augmented by $125,000 from the Humanities Centennial Match, the gift will support students and faculty researching contemporary global Chinese culture and/or religion, specifically Buddhism. “We are deeply grateful for May Chong’s…

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Important: Update to undergraduate advising in response to COVID-19

Published: March 17, 2020

Due to the measures taken regarding COVID-19, the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures has temporarily suspended in-person business until further notice. However, our office is currently operating remotely in order to facilitate student advising. The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures will be maintaining regular online advising hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 – 11:30…

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Tadashi Yanai gives ALC $25 million

Published: January 15, 2020

      Kabuki actor Nakamura Kyozo in a performance of “Shujaku jishi” performance for UCLA students in November 2019. The event was sponsored by the Yanai Initiative and the Japanese Ministry of Culture. Melissa Abraham 日本語のプレセリリースを読む UCLA has received a $25 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, the chair, president and CEO of Japan-based Fast…

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Professor Shu-mei Shih Acquires Leadership Role in ACLA

Published: April 23, 2019

Professor Shu-mei Shih has been elected second vice-president of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Founded in 1960, the ACLA represents the field of comparative literature and is a crucial meeting place for academics and students around the world, with a membership of around 3,000 individuals. This interdisciplinary and transnational field is a vibrant and…

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Class aims to bridge political divide between Hindi and Urdu languages

Published: February 27, 2019

Click here to see the article on the Daily Bruin A UCLA professor aims to bridge the political and cultural divides between students of Indian and Pakistani heritage by bringing them together in a Hindi-Urdu language class. Gyanam Mahajan, an Asian languages and cultures professor, has been teaching the class at UCLA for over a…

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Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference Hosted by ALC Faculty

Published: December 18, 2018

  ALC faculty hosted the annual Japanese/Korean Linguistics conference from November 29-December 1, 2018, at UCLA.  Envisioned by faculty and graduate students from UCLA, UCSB, and USC more than a quarter of a century ago, the J/K Conference celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, welcoming over 160 participants from all over the U.S. and from…

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Professor Min Li Releases New Book

Published: September 13, 2018

Li Min’s book, Social Memory and State Formation in Early China, is released by the Cambridge University Press in summer 2018. In this book, Li Min proposes a new paradigm for the foundation and emergence of the classical tradition in early China, from the late Neolithic through the Zhou period. Using a wide range of historical…

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