Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
8 December 2020
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  1. Join us Friday @ 4 pm
  2. ALC Spring 2021 Courses
  3. ALC Student Highlights
  4. Graduate Student News
  5. Campus Resources
  6. Funding & Scholarships
  7. Internships & Opportunities
  8. Advising Available
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ALC Spring 2021 Courses

The full Schedule of Classes for spring semester 2021 is now available in Course Search & Enroll (CS&E). View class section details and instructor notes, look carefully at the mode of instruction for courses, place courses in your cart, and continue to prepare for your enrollment appointment.

*New* Modality Filter in CS&E - a new filter has been developed in Course Search & Enroll which allows students to filter by modality. Students can now filter courses by the various modes of instruction: All, In-Person Instruction, Hybrid (In-Person & Online), Online Only (Asynchronous), Online Only (Synchronous), and Online Only (All).

Visit the Spring 2021 Enrollment webpage for more information about preparing for and enrolling in the semester, including answers to common questions.

Contact your academic advisor(s) or faculty advisor(s) with any questions about course selection or enrollment requirements.

Asian Languages and Cultures (ASIAN)

  • 100 Gateway to Asia Special Topics: Passion & Enlightenment (H,E) D'Etcheverry

  • 104 Intro-E Asian History: Japan (H or Z, E) Murthy

  • 236 Asia Enchanted (Com B, H, E) Jones

  • 246 SE Asian Refugees of Cold War (Ethnic Studies, H or Z, E) Cullinane

  • 255 Intro East Asian Civilizations (H or Z, E) Detwyler

  • 268 Tibetan Cultures & Traditions (H, E) Khedup

  • 300 Topics in Asian Studies: Food Ways of Asia (Sophomore standing, H, I) Huntington

  • 301 Social Studies Topics in EAS: Contemporary Korea (Sophomore standing, Z, I) Oh

  • 306 Hinduism (Sophomore standing, H or Z, I) Cerulli

  • 308 Introduction to Buddhism (Sophomore standing, H or Z, I) Hansen

  • 310 Intro to Comics and Graphic Novels (Sophomore standing, H, I) Kern

  • 341 Hist-Modern China,1800-1949 (Sophomore standing, H or Z, I) Kinzley

  • 358 Language in Japanese Society (ASIALANG 104, H, I) Mori

  • 430 Indian Traditions in the Modern Age (Sophomore standing, H, I) Buhnemann

  • 431 Chinese Linguistics I (ASIALANG 202, H, I) H. Zhang

  • 433 Topics-E Asian Visual Cultures: The Two Koreas (Sophomore standing, H, I) H. Kim

  • 458 Hist SE Asia Since 1800 (Junior Standing, Z, I) A. McCoy

  • 460 The History of Yoga (Sophomore standing, I, LAS) Buhnemann

  • 563 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: Japanese Capstone: Translation (Instructor permission, L, A) Kern

  • 630 Proseminar: Cultures of Asia: Women Make Movies (Junior standing, H, A) H. Kim

  • 642 History of Chinese Lit II (ASIAN 351 or 352, A, LAS) Detwyler
  • 763 Studies in Japanese Literature (Graduate) Kern
  • 775 Japanese Applied Linguistics (Graduate ) (001) Geyer, (002) Mori
  • 833 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures: The Two Koreas (Graduate) H. Kim

Asian Languages and Cultures: Language (ASIALANG)

  • 102 Second Semester Chinese - T. Zhang
    202 Fourth Semester Chinese - TBC
    302 Sixth Semester Chinese - H. Zhang

  • 104 Second Semester Japanese - Nakakubo
    204 Fourth Semester Japanese - Geyer

  • 106 Second Semester Korean- Ahn
    206 Fourth Semester Korean 
    - Lim
    306 Sixth 
    Semester Korean - Ahn
    406 Eighth Semester Korean - Lim

  • 110 Elementary Chinese I - TBC

  • 113 First Semester Elementary Japanese - TBC

  • 124 Second Semester Filipino - Zamar
    224 Fourth Semester Filipino - Zamar
    324 Sixth Semester Semester Filipino - TBC

  • 126 Second Semester Hmong - Lee
    226 Fourth Semester Hmong - Lee
    326 Sixth Semester Hmong - Lee

  • 128 Second Semester Indonesian - Suryani
    228 Fourth Semester Indonesian 
    - Suryani
    328 Sixth Semester Indonesian - Barnard

  • 130 Second Semester Thai - Surasin
    230 Fourth Semester Thai - Surasin
    330 Sixth Semester Thai - Surasin

  • 132 Second Semester Vietnamese - Dinh 
    232 Fourth
    Semester Vietnamese - Tran
    332 Sixth Semester Vietnamese - Dinh

  • 134 Second Semester Hindi - Chowdhary
    234 Fourth Semester Hindi - Chowdhary 
    334 Sixth Semester Hindi - Chowdhary

  • 136 Second Semester Modern Tibetan - Khedup 
    236 Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan - Khedup 
    336 Sixth Semester Modern Tibetan - Khedup

  • 138 Second Semester Persian - Mirsharifi
    238 Fourth Semester Persian - Mirsharifi
    338 Sixth Semester Persian - Mirsharifi

  • 140 Second Semester Urdu - Asif
    240 Fourth Semester Urdu - Asif
    340 Sixth Semester Urdu - Asif

  • 142 Second Semester Sanskrit - Jones

  • 212 Heritage Chinese II - TBC

  • 313 Classical Japanese - D'Etcheverry

  • 377 Business Japanese Communication - Nakakubo

  • 379 Business Chinese - TBC

  • 452 Advanced Japanese: AV Media - Mori

  • 454 Advanced Chinese through Media - T. Zhang

  • 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation: Traditional Chinese Fiction - Huntington

ALC Student Highlights
Congratulations to Choua Thao (left) and Josie Anderson (right) our 2020 Cameron Keith Memorial scholarships recipients in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures.

This award is given annually to two undergraduate students studying Japanese. Cameron G. Keith was an East Asian Studies and Economics studies major at UW-Madison who studied abroad in Japan, and later in Nepal. In his memory, the Keith family established these funds in memory of his interest in the region.

ALC's Alexis Lipkie was featured in, "At 2020 winter commencement, notable graduates abound," on December 7, 2020 By Doug Erickson. Thanks for making us proud!

Alexis Lipkie turned her UW–Madison education into a passport to see the world. She completed three programs through the International Division — an uncommon achievement. During the summer of 2019, she traveled in Japan through a prestigious Central Japan Railway Internship, studying the country’s high-speed rail system and business culture. For the 2019-20 academic year, she enrolled in an intensive Japanese language program at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, through the Nanzan University Exchange program. For her final semester this fall, she took part (virtually) in the Wisconsin in Washington internship program. “I’m glad to end my UW–Madison career with this program, as I feel it acts as the perfect gateway to shift from academics to the professional working world,” she says. Lipkie, of Winchester, Wisconsin, is earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and Japanese, with certificates in East Asian studies and technical Japanese.

Graduate Student News

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at:

Our website can be found at:

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to support or add an important international and language component (including through support of in-country research/fieldwork) to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, and increased language proficiency.

Additional information on Boren Fellowships and the campus process is available at

There is also a recording of this fall's Boren Fellowships information session for UW-Madison grad students with Jeff Cary, Boren Awards director of outreach & recruitment, available for viewing @

The Boren Awards website is; applications for the 2021-2022 awards can be initiated at

The campus deadline for Boren Fellowship applications is January 4, 2021.

Have more questions? Contact Mark Lilleleht (, the campus Boren Fellowships representative.

Campus Resources

Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS) is hosting a Study Day event on Friday, December 11 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Students can drop into a Zoom meeting throughout the Study Day event and receive help in their classes from student tutors before finals.  Study Skills and Study and Learning Skills coordinators will also be present for drop-in study support throughout the day.  

Here is the Zoom link for students to join GUTS Study Day:

University Health Services launched, Badger Recovery, UW-Madison’s first collegiate recovery program for students in active recovery from alcohol, substance use, and other addictions. Badger Recovery strives to provide a safe environment that empowers students to stay on track with their recovery to help achieve academic and personal goals.

Badger Recovery currently offers an All-Recovery Meeting on Mondays at 7 p.m. via Zoom and usually has about seven student attendees each week. We welcome students in active recovery from a substance use disorder and other behavioral and process addictions. We hope to grow attendance and add meetings based on interest and availability. We look forward to adding Wellness Workshops next semester, and staff is currently being trained by CCAR as recovery coaches.

Funding & Scholarships
Funding for Foreign Language Study!
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards

Students are invited to join any of our upcoming online information sessions to learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages at UW-Madison.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's area & international studies centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language proficiency.

Summer awards offer up to $7,500 in tuition and stipend support for both undergraduate and graduate students; academic awards offer up to $15,000/year in tuition & stipend funding for undergrads and $15k stipend + full tuition for graduate students!

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

For a full list of languages supported by FLAS, further details on eligibility, an FAQs page, and the online application please visit: - the application itself will open shortly

There will be four online information sessions for students interested in applying for a FLAS award. The content of the sessions will be identical; students need only attend one session:
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 5-6pm
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2-3pm
  • Monday, February 1, 2021, 4-5pm
Details on the information sessions can be found @; all sessions will be streamed day-of @

Complete information on FLAS awards, eligibility, information sessions, and the application itself is available online at:

The applications for 2020-2021 College of Letters & Science Continuing Students Scholarships are currently open for application. There are two L&S continuing student applications – one for currently enrolled First Year Students who enrolled fall/summer 2020 and another for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (who will be enrolled fall 2021).

The application due date is Monday, February 15, 2021.

Students can visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for application information.  

Virtual Student Informational Sessions for important information about this opportunity – and other L&S scholarship opportunities will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM 
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM

Content provided in the sessions includes: using WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub), scholarship opportunities, eligibilities and L&S criteria, tips for success, questions & answers and timeline(s).

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships is available at: For questions about the application and award process, please email Note: Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. Students are recommended to contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages at

Internships & Opportunities
The Burmese Language Academy of Yangon is offering students a great opportunity to learn the Burmese language online over Winter Break!
The Burmese Language Academy of Yangon is a social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar. Proceeds from the lesson go directly towards providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Myanmar.
During Covid, BLAY funds have been used to purchase technology devices (laptops, projectors, microphones, speakers and internet devices) to 12 youth centers to provide lessons to youth online. Funds have also been used to provide hygiene supplies (masks, soap, and hand sanitizer) to 300+ youth.
BLAY offers:
· A World Renowned Curriculum
· Effective Teaching Methods for 2nd Language Learners
· Free Lesson Material & Audios
· The Ability to Make a Positive Impact While Learning a New Language

For more information, please see attached flyer below, or visit or contact us at
The Office of Sustainability seeks applicants for its student intern program! UW–Madison undergraduates from any major are welcome to apply. This paid internship runs for a full calendar year (June 2021-May 2022) and provides hands-on sustainability experience with partners across campus. Applications are due by midnight on February 7, 2021. You can access application instructions here.

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office promotes the study of foreign languages, and the regions of the world in which those languages are used, at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States. The office administers programs that provide some $72 million in federal support to increase expertise in foreign languages and area or international studies, primarily through grants to institutions of higher education.

We seek motivated students who are anxious to learn and work as part of our team during an unpaid full- or part-time internship during the summer, fall, and/or spring.

NOTE: You must be enrolled in an educational institution to participate in this program.

Available internship terms:

Summer, fall, and/or spring

For information:

Contact Michelle Butler at 202-453-6491 or

UW-Madison International Internship Program -- Applications Open

Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Graduate students interested in the Boren Fellowship should contact Mark Lilleleht, Assistant Director for Awards, Institute for Regional and International Studies, with questions or for feedback on applications. The campus deadline for the 2021-2022 Boren Fellowship award cycle is January 4, 2021.

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022 language programs.

Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. For summer Hindi we require the equivalent of one year of prior Hindi study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer. Summer students should apply for FLAS or other funding if available at their institutions to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu is available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program (see AIIS has some funding available for summer students who cannot procure their own funding. This funding is allocated on the basis of the language committee's ranking of the applicants. AIIS will award language fellowships, on a competitive basis, to academic year and fall semester students, which would cover all expenses for the program.

Those eligible for these fellowships are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have had the equivalent of at least two years of prior language study by September 2021. AIIS offers Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu and other languages at all levels for the fall and academic year although fellowships would only be available for students who will have had the equivalent of two years of prior language study by the beginning of the program. AIIS will offer funding to masters students to complete a capstone project of their choosing upon completion of the summer program. The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Applications can be downloaded from the AIIS web site at For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:


CAORC Research Fellowships

CAORC (Council of American Overseas Research Centers) is now accepting application for two research fellowships. Complete details are available here. Application deadline is January 12, 2021.

Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation while providing full scholarships for ROTC students who take part in the program. Civilian students are also welcome to apply but will not be eligible for the Project GO scholarship.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Project Global Officer (Project GO) will host a summer 2021 Chinese language program in Taipei, Taiwan. The minimum qualifications to apply include good standing in ROTC and an equivalent of one year of university-level Chinese by May 2021. More information about the ERAU Project GO program can be found here.

SUMMER IN TAIWAN (May 7 - July 3)
This program is open to all students with some previous coursework in Chinese, and offers Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced courses. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2021.

Apply Here! 

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Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
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