Professor John Duncan wins prestigious award for Korean studies scholars

Published: May 24, 2017

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures would like to congratulate Professor John Duncan,  Professor of Korean in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, on his award as the twenty-third recipient of the Yongjae Award.The Yongjae Award was established to recognize the best Korean Studies scholars around the world through the Yongje Academic Award and the…

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Stephanie Jamison Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Published: May 10, 2017

Distinguished Professor Stephanie Jamison of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) has been named to the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jamison is one of the world’s leading authorities in Sanskrit (the sacred language of India) and in ancient Indo-European languages. She also teaches courses in UCLA’s Indo-European studies program. Her…

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In memoriam: Noriko Akatsuka laid groundwork for Asian linguistics program at UCLA

Published: March 21, 2017

Noriko Akatsuka, who established the foundation for the Asian linguistics program in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, passed away on Oct. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica at the age of 79. UCLA’s Asian linguistics program is now recognized as one of the best in the world. Known for her four-decades-long research on syntax,…

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Emeritus Professor Richard Strassberg awarded book prize

Published: February 7, 2017

The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures would like to congratulate Richard E. Strassberg, Emeritus Professor of Chinese, on the awarding of the The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.  Dr. Strassberg’s book Thirty Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints (Harvard Press, 2016) translates the Kangxi emperor’s Imperial Poems on…

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Asian Languages and Cultures professor writes book on life of Vietnamese priest

Published: January 10, 2017

  (Download book as a free PDF here) In a new book, George Dutton, a professor of Asian languages and culture and director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, explores the life of Vietnamese Catholic priest Philiphê Binh. “A Vietnamese Moses” is the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled…

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National Endowment for the Arts podcast interview with Professor Michael Berry

Published: October 19, 2016

The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures is pleased to announce that faculty member Michael Berry’s translation of the novel To Live has been selected for the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) prestigious The Big Read initiative. The Big Read ( is a national program that offers grants to support organizations in developing community-wide programs…

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Festschrift Published in Honor of ALC’s Professor Stephanie Jamison

Published: May 20, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Jamison on the publication of a festschrift in her honor titled Sahasram Ati Srajas. Forty-five scholars from major universities in the United States and from around the world (Austria, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan) contributed articles on Sanskrit and Indo-Iranian topics.   The contributors include Professors Craig Melchert, Gregory Schopen, and…

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New Book from Professor Christopher Hanscom

Published: May 12, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Hanscom on the publication of his newest book, The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empire.  Takashi Fujitani, author of Race for Empire has this to say, “This stunning collection is a major intervention in the study of empire and its afterlives that richly details the historical and…

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In two consecutive years, ALC professor elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Published: April 22, 2016

Professor Robert Buswell of Asian Languages and Cultures has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His election, which the Academy announced on April 20, 2016, comes exactly one year after the election of Professor Gregory Schopen, also of Asian Languages and Cultures. Robert Buswell is Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in…

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