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.  

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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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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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