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Department receives $3.7 million in gift commitments

Published: May 10, 2022

Gifts from UCLA Buddhist Studies scholar Robert Buswell and his wife Christina will establish first permanent endowed chair in Korean Buddhist Studies outside of Korea By Margaret MacDonald The UCLA Department of Asian Languages & Cultures has received $3.7 million in gift commitments from distinguished professor of Buddhist studies Robert E. Buswell, Jr. and his…

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Augmented reality exhibition places viewers in midst of WWII-era forced removal of Japanese Americans

Published: May 10, 2022

Eighty years ago, during World War II, the U.S. government forcibly removed Japanese Americans from the West Coast, incarcerating 120,000 in concentration camps. This May, an exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum lets visitors step into those dark days of 1942 through an augmented reality re-creation at the very site where thousands of Japanese…

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Oscars 2022: UCLA lecturer helps guide cultural representation on ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Published: March 21, 2022

Asian languages and cultures lecturer Juliana Wijaya worked as a linguist for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” As a member of the Southeast Asia Story Trust, Wijaya reviewed character names to ensure accurate language representation in the film. (Photo by Anya Yakimenko/Daily Bruin. Photo illustration by Megan Fu/Daily Bruin)   From cultural nuances to…

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New Major Fall 2021: Southeast Asian Studies BA

Published: November 17, 2021

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is excited to announce a brand new undergraduate major, Southeast Asian Studies, starting Fall 2021. Southeast Asia is a critically important area of the world, one with a significant population, with major economic importance, and one that is an epicenter for a number of major global issues. It…

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Congratulations 2021 ALC Graduates!

Published: June 11, 2021

The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures is excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors as part of our Virtual Commencement Celebration! We hope you join us in recognizing the tremendous hard work and accomplishments of our graduating students as they end their journey at UCLA! Please watch the premier on YouTube this…

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UCLA Announces New Digital Hub For Globalizing Japanese Studies

Published: May 21, 2021

In 2013, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures faced a troubling possibility: its entire program in Japanese literature and culture might collapse. Both its faculty members in this popular field of study were being courted by an Ivy League institution, jeopardizing its efforts to hire a third faculty member. In the years since,…

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Joint Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

Published: March 23, 2021

Over the past few years there has been a sharp escalation in hate speech, hate crimes, and other forms of harassment against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the United States. These examples of hate speech, violence and discrimination come in many forms, from political leaders using racist language in…

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ALC Professor Michael Berry receives NEA Fellowship

Published: February 17, 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Michael Berry will receive a Literature Translation Fellowship of $12,500 to translate Soft Burial (Ruan mai) by Fang Fang into English. Michael Berry is one of 24 Literature Translation Fellows selected for fiscal year 2021. In total, the Arts Endowment will award $325,000 in grants to support…

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New Master’s Degree Program in Teaching Asian Languages

Published: November 2, 2020

We are pleased to announce the start of a new Master’s Degree Program in Teaching Asian Languages. The program covers selective fields of Teaching Asian Languages, including Teaching Chinese, Teaching Japanese, and Teaching Korean. The application for the 2021-2022 cycle is now open. https://www.alc.ucla.edu/graduate/ma-teaching/  

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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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