Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
Table of Contents
  1. ALC Faculty Highlights
  2. ALC Student Highlights
  3. ALC Events
  4. ALC Student Awards
  5. Summer Term
  6. Undergraduate News & Events
  7. Graduate Student News
  8. Campus Events
  9. Advising Available
  10. Apply to Graduate
ALC Faculty Highlights
Professor Tyrell Haberkorn is a panelist in first event. This morning, March 9th at 8:30 am PST. Register to join.
Dr. Eunsil Oh will be giving a lecture for the East Asian Studies Program at Princeton this Wednesday, March 10th at 4:30 pm EST, "Declining Son Preference in South Korea". Registration is required to join virtual event, visit event site.
ALC Student Highlights
Congratulations to Jun Wang, who has been recognized by the Campus-Wide TA Award Committee as a winner of a 2020 Teaching Assistant Award for continuity of instruction! This selection from among the field of outstanding nominees speaks to their impressive contribution to the educational mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Congratulations!
Jeremy Manheim (ALC, Ph.D. studnt) was recently awarded a Fulbright- Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant. He will spend seven-months at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath (UP) studying the Sanskrit and Tibetan editions of several texts by the 8th-century Indian Buddhist philosopher, Kamalaśīla. Jeremy’s research explores the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and the contemporary philosophy of perception and the philosophy of science. Congratulations!
Several Chinese Graduate Students have contributed to the revised edition of Professor Nienhauser's The Grand Scribe's Records, v. VII. Yixuan Cai, Josiah Stork, Zheyu Su, Christine Welch, Masha Kobzeva, and Ji Wang. Congratulations to all!
ALC Events
Have you ever looked at the textbook materials for the language lesson you are teaching tomorrow and thought, “Gee, I could do so much better!” Aaron Balivet had that thought, and now he is an associate editor for Cheng & Tsui Company, leading U.S. publisher of educational materials in the areas of Asian languages and cultural studies for the K-12 and higher education markets, perhaps best known for Integrated Chinese. Join Aaron for a conversation, Aaron will discuss his current projects on the developing team for Go Far with Chinese 趣学中文, textbook series for middle and high school students. He will also share his experiences on the job market and transitioning to a career in academic publishing since completing his PhD at UW in 2021.

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Meeting ID: 953 7280 0585
Passcode: 640642
Do you have questions for how a successful ALC graduate made it in a tough job market? Meet Angela Breard-Chen for an informal conversation on Friday, March 19th at 3:30 pm CST. Come with questions! 

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Meeting ID: 916 8207 3743
Passcode: 785407
Considering living abroad and teaching? Come chat with Roland Will for an information conversation on Friday, March 26th from 3:00-4:00 pm CST. Come with questions!

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Meeting ID: 955 6608 7398
Passcode: 673044
Facebook event
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
via Zoom

We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!

Deadline to participate: March 15th by email to

ALC Student Awards

Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship

The Lawrence Louey Merit Scholarship is an annual competition recognizing an undergraduate Chinese major in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Eligibility: You must be a graduating senior with a GPA above 3.0 and have taken at least three years of Chinese. An application is required for consideration, including a brief career plan, as well as a research paper from one of your major field courses.

Application: Louey Scholarship 2020-21
Deadline: April 5, 2021 by 5:00 pm CST

Chou Kuo-p’ing Book Award

Several awards will be given each year to undergraduate students who are studying and will continue to study Chinese during the following semester. This award is made possible through a donation by Professor Emerita Chou Kuo-p’ing, the founder of the Chinese program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Chou, a dedicated teacher, devoted her entire career to teaching, promoting and developing Chinese studies in Wisconsin.

Professor Chou was very active during her teaching career, and often helped financially disadvantaged students, especially those who excelled in their academic careers despite economic difficulties. Although this award is based mainly on the applicant’s academic performance, special consideration is given to those who are financially disadvantaged in order to carry on this tradition.

Application: CKPBook Award 2021
Deadline: April 5, 2021 by 5:00 pm CST

Summer Term
Asian Languages & Cultures (ASIAN) Summer courses:

ASIAN 120 Art and Science of Human Flourishing (06/14-08/08/21, MTWRF 9:55-10:45 am, online) H or Z, Elementary

ASIAN 236 Asia Enchanted (05/17-6/13/2021, MTWR 10:45 am - 12 pm, online) - Com B, H, Elementary

ASIAN 255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (05/17-6/13/2021, online) - H or Z, Elementary

ASIAN 371 (002) Traveling East Asia in Writing (07/12-08/08/21, MTWF, 8:30-9:45 am, online) - Sophomore standing, Lit, Intermediate

ASIAN 371 (001) Villains and Victims (05/17-06/13/21, MTWR 9:30-10:30 am, online) - Sophomore standing, Lit, Intermediate

Asian Languages & Cultures: Languages (ASIALANG) Summer courses:

ASIALANG 203 Third Semester Japanese (06/14-07/11/2021, MTWRF 8:55 am - 12:45 pm, online)

ASIALANG 204 Fourth Semester Japanese (07/12-08/08/2021, MTWRF 8:55 am - 12:45 pm, online)

ASIALANG 205 Third Semester Korean (06/14-07/11/21, MTWRF 8:50 am - 2:10 pm, online)

ASIALANG 206 Fourth Semester Korean (07/12-08/08/21, MTWRF 8:50 am - 2:10 pm, online)

Important Summer Term 2021 Dates:

The Schedule of Classes for summer will be available in Course Search & Enroll on February 22, 2021
Enrollment for continuing students begins the week of April 5, 2021

Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

• Be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA that reflects academic success

• Enroll in at least one UW-Madison summer course by May 1, 2021

Important Dates:

• Application period opens on February 12, 2021

• Submit application by 11:59pm on April 11, 2021

• Students who apply by March 14, 2021 may be eligible for early notification of decision prior to summer enrollment

For more information on how to apply, visit

Summer Finish

Available to students who can finish their UW-Madison degrees by enrolling in summer courses.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Must be eligible to graduate with planned summer coursework

Important Dates:

• Application period opens on February 12, 2021

• Submit application by 11:59 pm on April 11, 2021

For more information on how to apply, visit

Transfer Scholars Summer Award

Award is automatically applied to the tuition bills of students who transferred to UW-Madison in spring 2021 and enroll in courses in summer 2021.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)

For more information, visit

Undergraduate News & Events
Midwest Professionalization Seminar Series
CEAS and The East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University are collaborating to launch the “Midwestern Professionalization Seminar for East Asian Studies,” a four-part series of events in Spring 2021. The series is aimed at sharing skills for advancing one’s career and introducing various career paths utilizing East Asian language and area studies expertise. Events will be held virtually and are open to students on both campuses. The series will consist of the following events:

Badgers Exploring Social Justice Careers

March 22 / 2:30pm – 4:00pm CST

Join this virtual trek to learn from alumni professionals who work in non-profits, governmental organizations, and businesses with a focus on social justice. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from professionals about their careers and ask them questions. We’ll also break into small groups and have an opportunity to “experience” a piece of their work. Students from all majors are welcome!

View participating professionals

Register on Handshake to participate

Bring the Elephant Home is a non-profit devoted to elephant conservation with projects rooted in local communities. Apply by March 28 for BTEH Virtual Communications and Community Outreach Internships

SuccessWorks Internship Fund application is now open! Awards of $1,000 - $5,000 are given to students with financial need to help fund underpaid or unpaid internships, as well as travel and living expenses incurred during an internship. Last year, we gave awards to more than 50 students!

Requirements to apply:

  • Current L&S student, returning for at least one summer post-summer 2021
  • Hold a 2.5 GPA or above
  • Have secured an internship working a minimum of 10/week for summer 2021

Students can apply online via the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) by March 31, 2021. Award winners will be notified in May. Promotional materials are attached.

Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards
Submission deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021 by 2pm

The area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

To be eligible you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 terms).

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.

Please visit for full submission details.

Deadline for submission is 2pm on Friday, May 7, 2021. Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar's scholarship system.

Questions? Email Mark Lilleleht @ or call 608.265.6070.
Graduate Student News
The 2021-2022 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition is now open.

The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Go to for information on the application process & campus guidance, documents, resources, and deadlines.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries (though it does allow & fund research visits to western European countries that are part of a larger project focused elsewhere).

For 2021 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use the Less Commonly Taught Languages (defined as "any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish"); and projects conducted in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.

Applications outside those competitive priorities are welcome and encouraged.

We will offer an information session (and technical review) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 pm via Teams. Interested students must register for the session by emailing

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Science is seeking TWO Graduate Alumni Relations Interns this spring semester and continuing into the summer and next academic year.

During your internship, you will increase your knowledge of higher education and career development and improve your program coordination and communication skills. You will work on a variety of projects related to individual programs, including logistics, communication, promotion, and assessment. You will receive training and supervision; have plenty of interaction with students and alumni from across the University, and also have the chance to contribute your thoughts and ideas as our alumni relations operation continues to expand and develop. 

Full details and application procedure can be found here: May 20, 2021 deadline.

Campus Events

Anti-Asian Sentiment in the COVID-19 Era: The Student Experience 

Panel Discussion sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin China Initiative and the Asian American Studies Program 

Tues March 9, 5:00-6:00pm CST 

Join us for a panel discussion featuring perspectives from Thida Hok Chong, Wisconsin School of Business Class of 2021 and President for KΓ Chapter for ΣΛΓ National Sorority Inc., and Alex Chen, a UW-Madison alum who is currently enrolled at Yale School of Medicine and co-authored "Anti-Asian sentiment in the United States - COVID-19 and history” in The American Journal of Surgery.  The panel will be moderated by Tev Lee, the Program Coordinator of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Center at UW-Madison. 

For more info, see: 

The 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition opens on March 31, 2021 and we have a Fulbright/IIE-led information session coming up on March 10!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) is designed to give soon-to-graduate undergrads (current juniors and above), master's & doctoral candidates, and young professionals & artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.

Complete information on the competition, campus resources & deadlines, and more is at

The program is open to undergraduates (graduating by the time they would take up their award), currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni.

To be eligible for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, you must be a U.S. citizen.

Our first information session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3pm CST.

Advanced registration is required; register @

Fulbright will lead the information session with a UW-Madison breakout following immediately. We'll discuss what Fulbright offers students & alumni; things to keep in mind when exploring opportunities; options to conduct research, study, teach English, practice art, and more; the timeline & deadlines; strategies to prepare for the upcoming award cycle (and future competitions if you're not quite ready to apply); campus resources; and more!

The campus deadline for the 2021-2022 competition is September 16, 2021; the national deadline is October 12, 2021.

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will be available throughout the coming months to work with students & alumni interested in learning more about the program and those who applying. In addition to upcoming information sessions, you can set up an appointment at any time by emailing Mark at Appointments to discuss any and everything Fulbright-related are available and encouraged!

Save the Date

March 11 – 12, 2021

Join us for the 2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit, a series of workshops and activities for UW–Madison students to take a break and care for their mental and physical health. Visit:

The Summit is thrilled to host Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, licensed psychologist, speaker, and host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls, who will kick off the event Thursday, March 11, at 6 p.m. CST with valuable tips and insights to manage your mental health. 

On Friday, March 12, join live events and access on-demand offerings that fit your needs, whether it’s dropping in on a live yoga class, learning the ins and outs of better sleep, or picking up new skills to manage procrastination and stress.

Registration coming soon.

Tania Saeed, "Islamophobia and the South Asian Community in Britain: Locating the Student Suspect"
Thursday March 11, 11:00AM-12:30PM

Online presentation followed by Q&A

Dr. Nguyen will discuss her recently published book, On Our Own Strength: The Self-Reliant Literary Group (Tự Lực Văn Đoàn) and Cosmopolitan Nationalism in Late Colonial Vietnam (UH Press, 2020), which examines the political activities of the most influential intellectual movement in interwar French-occupied Vietnam. The Self-Reliant Literary Group’s (Tự Lực Văn Đoàn) far-reaching work, which included applied design, urban reform, and fashion as well as literature, journalism, and cartoons, was deeply political in both form and intent. The Group drew upon a wide range of global intellectual currents and practices to build an enlightened public that would ultimately serve as the basis of a modern Vietnamese nation, a vision that was nationalist but curiously not anticolonial. This form of cosmopolitan nationalism proved tremendously popular among ordinary Vietnamese and necessarily shaped local politics, including the political agenda of rival groups like the newly-revived Indochinese Communist Party (ICP). The book argues that the Group’s cosmopolitan nationalism shaped the ways that the ICP positioned itself and sought popular support in the years leading up to the August Revolution and beyond. In later years, the ICP attempted to erase the early influence of the Group on national politics, banning their writings and casting them as little more than bourgeois literary figures. In analyzing the Group’s unique response to the world around them, this book bridges the areas of political, cultural, and intellectual history, drawing them together into a rich narrative of Vietnamese nation-building from the bottom-up within a larger global context.

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Facebook event here
Meeting ID: 977 4835 8143
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