Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
Table of Contents
  1. ALC Faculty Highlights
  2. ALC Events
  3. Award Nominations
  4. 2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit
  5. Fulbright US Student Program
  6. ALC Language Tables
  7. Summer Term
  8. Undergraduate News & Events
  9. Graduate Student News
  10. Campus Events
  11. Advising Available
  12. Apply to Graduate
ALC Faculty Highlights
The Mind and Life Institute Podcast just published an episode featuring Professor John Dunne, "At the Crossroads of Buddhism and Science." Buddhist scholar John Dunne has interfaced with contemplative scientists for over two decades to help advance rigorous research on meditation by incorporating a nuanced Buddhist perspective. In this podcast he shares:
  • his path to integrating Buddhism and science, and the early days of contemplative research;
  • defining “meditation” for research purposes;
  • focused attention vs. open monitoring meditation;
  • a deep dive into meta-awareness;
  • subject/object duality and whether anything really exists;
  • the different ways we experience the sense of self;
  • hallucinogens, ego dissolution, and non-dual practices;
  • decentering and dereification;
  • and where he thinks the field should go next.
ALC Events
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 990 4723 5589
Passcode: 221412
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! 

Join Zoom Meeting:

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!

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 955 6608 7398
Passcode: 673044
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 5th by email to

Award Nominations

Please nominate outstanding student leaders for the Annual Wisconsin Union Trustee Leadership Awards.  There are numerous awards available for individual students and teams.  All students, including WI Union student volunteers and employees, and both graduate and undergraduate students, are eligible.

More information and the nomination form can be found at:

Nominations are due by 5pm on March 26, 2021

Every year, the Morgridge Center for Public Service recognizes the outstanding students, faculty, alumni and community partners who make a difference on campus and in their community to advance the mission of the Wisconsin Idea. We are now accepting award nominations for the awards below. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 15. Click here for the awards page to nominate yourself or someone else or visit one of the direct links below.

·        Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student

·        Engaged Alumni

·        Louis Korenman Badger Volunteers

·        Outstanding Community Partner 

·        Fred Risser Excellence in Engaged Undergraduate Student

·        Student Activism 

This is a great opportunity to nominate an individual(s) that you work with or may know and may want to recognize. 

If you would like to be nominated by the department for a specific award, noted above, please email: with your request!
2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit

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.

Fulbright US Student Program
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!
ALC Language Tables

Chinese tables are virtual this semester. What is Chinese Table? Glad you asked -- Chinese Table is a platform for Chinese enthusiasts, students, and native speakers to converse in mandarin and learn from each other! "Rooms" will be split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency so all are welcome. Plus, if you're in a Chinese language class, you will earn extra credit! Chinese tables will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time every Friday

Already an expert or a native Chinese speaker? Come and help -- we're always looking for volunteers!

Join via Zoom by entering the meeting ID above, or click on the links below: 
Beginner -- Intermediate -- Advanced

Kaiwa no Kai (Japanese Conversation Table)

Fridays 6-6:30 PM (CT)
Feb 26 (Special Event: 6-7PM)
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 (Special Event 6-7PM)
Apr 9, 16, 23, 30

Join the Zoom meeting: aMGJSZXdZUDJIR09oMzc4UT09

Meeting ID: 992 2144 3765 | Passcode: 179159 

Contact person: Miyabi Ozawa
Filipino language table
Wednesdays at 7:00-8:00 pm 
Coordinators: Trixie Cataggatan ( and Ethan Gonzales (

Indonesian language table 
Mondays 10-11am

Thai language table
Fridays 1-2pm

Vietnamese language table
Thursdays 3-4pm
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

Department of Energy Careers Webinar – Co-hosted by GCRC & The Chicago FEB

March 4, 2021

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CT

The Chicago Federal Executive Board, in partnership with the Government College Relations Council would like to invite you to a career webinar with the Department of Energy. Please join us as we provide an in-depth look and understanding of DOE mission, the variety of career paths they can offer, as well as insight into the federal application process.

Presenters for the upcoming Department of Energy Careers Webinar will be:

  • Rock Aker, 2nd degree connection Deputy Manager at U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne Site Office at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Kimberly Donham, Deputy Chief Counsel at US Department of Energy
  • Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Registration is required for this event.

This event is also available on Handshake:

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:
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

Lomarsh Roopnarine, "Indo-Caribbean Migration, Cultural Continuity, Change and Identity Formation"
Thursday March 4, 12:00PM-1:30PM

Online presentation followed by Q&A

This talk explores how Indigenous Marind communities in the Indonesian-controlled region of West Papua experience and interpret the condition of “hunger.” Drawing from Indigenous discourse and practice, it examines how agro-industrial expansion and commodified foodways provoke multiple, conflicting hungers among Marind – for sago, “plastic” foods, money, and human flesh. In tandem, Marind themselves are subjected to the insatiable appetite of various invasive entities – corporations, the government, roads, cities, and oil palm. It argues that hunger constitutes a symbolically charged, culturally constructed, and morally laden experiential mode through which Marind characterize and contest capitalist modernity and its more-than-human dynamics of eating and being eaten.
Join Via Zoom.
Facebook event here
Meeting ID: 998 7030 9619

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: 

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