Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
3 November 2020
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  1. ALC Faculty & Affiliate Highlights
  2. Graduate Student News
  3. Undergraduate Events
  4. Campus Lectures
  5. Internships & Funding Opportunities
  6. Advising Available
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ALC Faculty & Affiliate Highlights
Professor Hongming Zhang has been invited to give three virtual talks in the U.S and abroad, drawing an audience size from 50 to over 220:
  1. "Some linguistics issues in teaching Chinese as a second language" at State University of New York-Binghamton, October 9, 2020.
  2. "Some cultural issues in language education" at University of Macau, October 14, 2020.
  3. "Prosodic patterns and prosodic units --- a revisit of 'stress' and 'foot' in Mandarin Chinese" at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, October 30, 2020.
**Registration required. Please register at:
Graduate Student News

ALC Alumni Chat: Job Search and New Faculty Life in a Pandemic

Join Michael Toole, a 2020 PhD graduate in Japanese Literature from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, to talk about finishing his PhD, his job search, and new faculty life during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at Macalester College where he is teaching courses on gender and sexuality in Japan, manga, and the cultural history of the body in Japan.  His scholarship explores representations of queer sexualities and bodies from the 1670s to the 1870s and how aberrant depictions shaped the visual culture of early modern Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 4 November

Time: 12-1 pm

To join the event, please click:

For more information:

Last Steps to Completing Your PhD Degree

Who:  Dissertators who plan on defending and depositing  in Fall 2020 or Spring/Summer 2021

What:  Workshop on the last steps needed to complete the PhD degree

When:  Thursday, November 5th, 2020.  12:00—1:30PM

Where:  Online (Canvas) at

Description: Elena Hsu and Xania Walter from the Graduate School Academic Services Office are offering their workshop on completing the PhD.  You will learn about the Graduate School's requirements for completing your Ph.D. and depositing your dissertation. They will give a brief intro to the electronic process for submitting your dissertation and present information to help you make decisions about your thesis publishing options (embargo or not to embargo). This workshop is intended for Ph.D. candidates preparing to graduate in Fall 2020 or Spring/Summer 2021.  Please sign up at the link above.  We hope to record this session and make it available shortly thereafter for those who are unable to view it live. 

The Asian Studies Academic Job Market: Experiences and Discussion

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic job market in the social sciences and humanities was in crisis. What are tips and strategies for navigating the job market as an ABD or just-completed PhD?

Join three recently-hired faculty in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures – Tianlu Zhang, Jamal Jones, and Eunsil Oh -- for a roundtable discussion and Q/A on the job market. Graduate students working in any discipline focused on Asia, as well as students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, are welcome to join.

Date: Friday, 6 November

Time: 2:30-4 pm

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About the speakers:

  • Tianlu Zhang earned her PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Iowa in May, 2019, and from August, 2019, she started to work as a Chinese Faculty Associate in the department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison.
  • Jamal Jones earned his PhD (2018) from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Before coming to UW-Madison, he worked in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California, Davis from January 2018 to June 2020.
  • Eunsil Oh is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Asian Languages and Cultures. She received her PhD from Harvard University and joined UW in Fall 2019.  Three key words of her research are gender, work, and family. She is a qualitative sociologist who explores key themes in women’s narratives of their early work lives and family decisions and discover the underlying social and cultural forces that shape these decisions.

For more information, please contact:

Undergraduate Events
Language Alumni Panel: Post-Grad Planning
Friday, November 6 | Noon-1pm | Register

Learn from UW-Madison alumni using their language and linguistic skills across industries domestically and abroad (entrepreneurship, marketing, global logistics, government, education). Gain insight into exploring post-grad plans that suit your language skill ands interests.

Including Asian Languages & Cultures alumni:

  • Merritt Huang 
    • Program Manager for American Councils for International Education
    • Chinese Major
  • Tony Lathers
    • Global Logistics Manager, Trek Bicycle
    • Spanish & Chinese
  • Timothy Ryan Hadick (individual interview)
    • Digital Marketing Manager
    • Japanese Major


NOV 10, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00PM CST

Learn from Geography alumni about how they found rewarding careers in many different fields like business, communications, public relations, healthcare, government, technology, nonprofits, and much more.

View Participating Alumni | RSVP by enrolling in the Canvas



NOV 11, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00PM CST

Learn from English alumni about how they found rewarding careers in many different fields like business, consulting, communications, public relations, healthcare, government, technology, and much more.

View Participating Alumni | RSVP by enrolling in the Canvas



NOV 16, 2020 | 5:00 – 7:00PM CST

Learn from Biology alumni about how they found rewarding careers in many different fields like business, communications, nonprofits, healthcare, technology, and much more.

View Participating Alumni | RSVP by enrolling in the Canvas

Virtual Information Session for 1-Year Real Estate MS and 2- Year Real Estate MBA Programs

Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Are you an undergrad looking to boost your employment prospects, long-term career trajectory, and earnings potential?  If so, we encourage you to learn more about Wisconsin’s Real Estate Graduate Programs at an in-depth Virtual Information Session on November 11th.  Join us to explore if the 1-Year Real Estate MS or 2-Year Real Estate MBA could be the right career move for you! The Wisconsin Real Estate Program is ranked the #1 public real estate program by US News & World Report, #2 overall. 

Date and Time
Wednesday, November 11
5:00-6:00 PM CST

Virtual Event – Please register in advance.
Register Here

Both the 1-Year Real Estate MS and the 2-Year Real Estate MBA Programs offer specialized career tracks in (1) Commercial Real Estate Development; (2) Applied Real Estate Investment; and (3) Private Equity Investment.  Affordable housing and sustainable real estate courses are also available.

More information can be found on our website or contact Greg Reed at

Badgers Exploring Environmental Careers Virtual Trek

Thursday, Nov. 12 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

Attend this virtual trek to learn more about different career paths working in natural resource management, environmental advocacy, and sustainability marketing and consulting. Learn from professionals to gain insights, tips, and ideas to build your skills and gain experience to prepare for environmental careers in a state agency, non-profit or Certified B Corps. Featuring professionals from the Wisconsin DNR, Evolution Marketing, & the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Learn more about the participating alumni and professionals.

RSVP on Handshake.

Co-sponsored by SuccessWorks, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and WASB.

Campus Lectures
Center for South Asia Fall Lecture Series
Thursday, November 5, 2020
12-1 PM CST

Bene Israel Kirtan as Sonic Translation, 1880-1955

Anna Schultz (Associate Professor, Music, University of Chicago)
Zoom Link
Friday Forum @ Center for Southeast Asian Studies
November 6, 2020
Noon – 1:30 P.M.

Engaged Archaeology:
Knowledge Co-production in Ifugao, Philippines

Stephen Acabado
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 994 7947 8194 
Online Presentation Followed By Q&A
Internships & Funding Opportunities

Internship Opening

Guangwai-Pacelli High School (GPHS) is an American high school offering an English-immersion experience to Chinese students in a boarding-school environment. Located in Fuwan, China, GPHS is a partnership between Pacelli High School (PHS) in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and U.S. University Pathways (USUP) in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.

Internship Openings

Asterism Healthcare
 is a small healthcare nutrition company based in Japan with a global remote team of advisors. They are seeking three virtual part-time interns for spring semester (but starting whenever available). The supervisor is an American expat who has built his career in Japan so Japanese is only required for the translation role, but helpful for any.

Based in Seoul, South Korea, International University Exchange Center (IUEC) offers English language classes and helps support Korean students applying to several schools and colleges in Wisconsin. IUEC is seeking students to teach part-time virtual English and STEM classes during the winter session. No STEM experience is required to lead instruction on public speaking, but STEM coursework/experience is needed for robotics, coding, and engineering classes. Orientation will begin at the end of December, and curriculum and training is provided. If interested, email Ms. Mihye Kim ( your resume and cover letter. Compensation is provided.

Additionally, IIP is offering spring virtual English teaching internships with IUEC.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center

For over 30 years, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has been at the forefront of training bilingual experts equipped to address complex Sino-global challenges around the world. Located in the vibrant and culturally-significant city of Nanjing, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides an authentic Chinese experience for graduate students who seek to study, discuss, and debate some of the most important issues faced by the world today, all while advancing their Chinese language skills.

Applications for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are now open! In particular, Boren scholars and fellows are encouraged to apply for a named $10,000 China Exchange Scholarship, which is offered to alumni of US Government-supported programs for Chinese language study in China. 

The Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2020.

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found here. The deadline is November 25.

CLS Scholarship Program Call for Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for intensive language study abroad in summer 2021. Full details are available hereApplication deadline is November 17, 2020.

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.

Undergraduates with questions about the Boren Scholarship should contact Matt Geisler, Associate Director of International Academic Programs. The campus deadline for the 2021-2022 Boren Scholarship award cycle is December 4, 2020.

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.

YES Abroad Call for Applications the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program is now accepting applications for the the 2021-2022 academic year. Complete details are available hereApplication deadline is December 8, 2020.

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! 

Advising Available
To send items for the next ALC e-news please email:
Rachel Weiss 
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
(608) 890-0138      E-mail:

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