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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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ALC Lecturer Selected as a Remarkable Vietnamese American Recipient.

Published: February 23, 2016

The American Heritage Society and the County of San Diego has selected Quyen Di Chuc Bui to receive the 2016 Asian Heritage Award for Innovation for going beyond the area of expertise in presenting his work in a new and exciting way. “As lecturer in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages, you have been lauded…

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The Yanai Initiative Develops an App

Published: December 9, 2015

Can a new app that takes a scholarly yet playful approach to studying calligraphy help students learn to read classical Japanese texts the way people in 11th century Japan did? That’s what Michael Emmerich is counting on as he joins forces with scholars at one of Japan’s best universities, Waseda University in Tokyo, to develop…

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US College Class Helps Indian, Pakistani Students Bridge Gaps

Published: July 21, 2015

Violence and bloodshed have marked the relationship between India and Pakistan since the two countries gained their independence from British rule almost 70 years ago. This tense history is still reflected in relations between some Indians and Pakistanis, and many who immigrate to the United States carry the negative sentiments with them [Read more…]  …

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UCLA Hosts First US Screening of Director Wakagi’s New Film Asleep

Published: May 19, 2015

On May 14, the first U.S. screening of Shingo Wakagi’s new film, “Asleep” – which tells the story of a woman who has a romantic relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma – took place in UCLA’s Fowler Museum. “Asleep”is based on a novella by Banana Yoshimoto, and was translated into English…

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Professor Schopen Elected as Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Published: April 22, 2015

Professor Gregory Schopen has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Professor Schopen joins the company of notable members, including founders John Adams, James Bowdoin, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Schopen is an authority on Indian Buddhist monastic life and the early history of the Mahāyāna tradition…

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UCLA professors discuss linguistic diversity, event on Chinese language

Published: April 9, 2015

In a globalized modern society, the demand for foreign language learning and understanding cultural diversity is increasing. From April 3-5, UCLA’s Asian Languages and Cultures Department hosts the 27th Annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. The purpose of the NACCL event is to bring together Chinese language scholars from all over the world to…

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Translated Work by Michael Emmerich Mentioned in The New York Times

Published: April 7, 2015

The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review has chosen author Yasushi Inoue’s “The Hunting Gun” and “Life of a Counterfeiter.”  Inoue is one of the most celebrated authors in Japan.  Professor Michael Emmerich of Asian Languages and Cultures have translated two of his work.  The first, “The Hunting Gun,” was published last Fall and the…

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UCLA Korean Courses Featured as Lead Story in LA Times’ California Section

Published: April 1, 2015

According to a recent national study, enrollment in Korean language courses at U.S. colleges and universities showed the largest percentage growth of any foreign language. The Modern Language Assn. reported that Korean language enrollment rose 45% from 2009 to 2013. Overall, language studies declined by 6.7% during that same period, and interest dropped in many…

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