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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Professor Michael Emmerich Featured in UCLA Newsroom

Published: March 10, 2015

Professor Michael Emmerich is the lead feature on UCLA Newsroom. His recent work on the translation of Japanese novelist Inoue has garnered the attention of those in the field of Japanese Literature. Please visit the UCLA Newsroom to read the complete article.

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UCLA East Asian Studies Macroscope Project

Published: March 10, 2015

Professor Jack Chen of Asian Languages and Cultures and Professor Tim Tangherlini of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Scandinavian Section traveled to Taiwan to present their collaboration on the East Asian Studies Macroscope Project. The project focuses on challenges many academia faces in accessing text analysis for East Asian Languages. Their team includes UCLA…

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Colloquium – Mt. Togakushi and the Case of the Nine-Headed Dragon

Published: February 20, 2015

The worship of mountains has long been central to religious thought and practice in Japan, yet little attention has been paid as to how certain mountains on the archipelago came to be perceived as numinous sites. What inspired this designation and what cultural elements guided their formation into centers of social, economic, and spiritual power?…

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Waseda University’s Japanese Culture Studies

Published: February 9, 2015

The purpose of this collaborative Japanese Studies program is to examine Japanese culture from a global perspective. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to spread research conducted at Waseda University to the rest of the world and adopt research methods from overseas partners. See the full article

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Professor Robert Buswell’s dictionary wins top reference prize

Published: February 4, 2015

“The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism” co-authored by Robert E. Buswell, Jr., of UCLA and Donald S. Lopez, Jr., of the University of Michigan, has won the prestigious 2015 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work of the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world.The bronze medal, a…

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Professor Michael Emmerich heads up new Japanese studies program

Published: November 25, 2014

A recent $2.5 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, CEO of Uniqlo, one of the world’s fastest-growing clothing retailers, will fund a unique collaborative program between UCLA and Waseda University in Japan. The new initiative will support graduate student exchanges, visiting scholars and cultural figures from Japan, and annual workshops and symposia over the next six…

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2nd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association

Published: October 17, 2014

October 17-19, 2014 Plenary speakers: Deirdre Wilson (University of London), Gregory Ward (Northwestern University), Agnes He (SUNY Stony Brook), Kent Bach (San Francisco State University). Registration will reopen on the first day of the conference and stay open for the duration of the conference. Please note that in order to register on-site you will need…

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Gift from top international businessman will propel Japanese studies at UCLA

Published: October 15, 2014

A $2.5 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, the chairman, president and CEO of global apparel retailer Fast Retailing and founder of Uniqlo, will help transform UCLA’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures into one of the world’s leading centers for the study of Japanese literature and culture. See the full article

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