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. Jobs & Opportunities
ALC Faculty Highlights
Professor Anthony Cerulli's forthcoming book with the University of California Press was selected by the NEH for its Fellowships Open Book Awards program. His book, The Practice of Texts: Education and Healing in South India will be entirely open access. Congratulations! More information can be found here:
ALC Student Highlights
Check out International Internship Program's Instagram page for Emma Kempf's experience doing a virtual internship through IIP at Fulbright Chile this semester. Emma is a Chinese & International Studies major!
Congratulations to Allison Hessellberg who has declared Honors in the Chinese Major! Allison will complete her senior honors thesis under the guidance of Professor Rania Huntington!

Have you considered Honors in the Major? Students must complete an advanced course in their junior year under the tutelage of their senior thesis advisor, then complete two semesters of thesis work their senior year. Find out more:
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.

Join Zoom Meeting

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! 

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
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! Join us:

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

UW Study Abroad is excited to be offering a suite of virtual study abroad programs this summer. On each program page, there will be more information about the virtual components of the program and the specific course credit will be noted. Students will also be able to see the cost of the program (sometimes even less than tuition credits on campus!), the dates, and they will be able to apply. The application deadline for virtual programs is April 2.

Also, for students:

UW Study Abroad will be hosting virtual Funding Study Abroad sessions throughout spring semester. The dates for this semester will be:

  • Thursday, March 19 from 1-2pm. Register here.
  • Friday, April 2 from 11am-12pm. Register here.
Chinese House is a Language Immersion House within the International Learning Community (ILC), located in Adams Residence Hall. Comprised of mostly single rooms, Adams is a great option for students wishing to have their own space but also be a part of a tight-knit community.

A graduate student, who is a native speaker of the language, works with residents of the floor to assist with language skills and programming. Residents in language houses expand their listening, speaking and writing skills during informal weekly dinners, attending tutoring hours, and attending programs both on campus and in the residence hall.

The language programs offer a living experience ideal for students studying foreign languages, interested in world affairs, in exchange programs, and who are planning to study abroad, returning from studying abroad, or are unable to go abroad during their college careers. Unlike most apartments that require a contract for an academic year, the language houses offer contract release for students who study abroad. 

Chinese language learners of all levels and native speakers are all welcomed! 

This is the link to the Language Houses:

Contact information:
Chinese House Faculty Director: Rania Huntington
Graduate Language Program Coordinator (2019-2021): Rui Wang
For full details regarding a description of the reader, student author expectations, and proposal submission requirements, please view the Call for Proposals. For further information on identified outcomes for this project, view the submitted Accountability Plan for the DDEEA Innovation Grant.

Submissions are due Friday, April 2, 2021. For questions, please contact Kristin Lansdown at

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

SuccessWorks is hosting a workshop called Jumpstart Your Job or Internship Search on Wednesday, March 24th to help students begin their search process with processes, tips and tricks to set them up for success!

This interactive workshop will take you through the step-by-step process of how to begin searching and applying to a job or internship in any career field. All majors are welcome!

In this workshop, students will learn:

·        Where to begin your job/internship search

·        How to refine your searching to find better job postings

·        What to do once you’ve found the positions you want to apply for

Students can register on HandshakeAll majors are welcome!

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.

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

Webinar Details: 

Thursday, April 1, 2020 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm (central) 

Registration is required for this event.

This event is also available on Handshake:

If you have any questions, please send them to

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

Don't miss your chance to be part of our Residence Life Team in University Housing for the 2021-22 academic year. We are currently accepting applications for a variety of graduate student positions.

·        Assistant Residence Life Coordinator: The Assistant Residence Life Coordinator provides supervision and support in order to advance Residence Life's commitment to establish inclusive, respectful and caring communities and contribute to academic success. In doing this, we aim to help residents effectively transition to UW-Madison and make the most of their Wisconsin Experience.  (multiple positions)

·        Program Assessment & Evaluation Analyst:   This position will be a part of an assessment and evaluation team involved in several on-going projects which gather extensive web-survey data, data gathered from other sources, as well as historical data. (one position)

*Please note these positions do not provide a live-in apartment or tuition reimbursement.

Apply now:  Applications will close on April 2nd.

Call for Applications: ILS Law & Society Graduate Fellows Program, 2021-22 Academic Year The Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, is pleased to announce its call for applications for the ILS Law & Society Graduate Fellows Program for the 2021-22 academic year. This two-year fellowship supports graduate students engaged in research on socio-legal studies at UW-Madison.

Please visit the program webpage for more information about eligibility, fellowship benefits and responsibilities, and application requirements:

Applications are due on Friday, May 14, 2021. Decisions will be made by Friday, June 4, 2021.

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
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:
Jonathan Durr, "Cataloging and South Asian Language Resources: Practice and Possibilities"
March 18, 2021, 12-1 PM CDT

Online presentation followed by Q&A

After a campaign by the film community protesting against the arbitrary censorship of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes and a Century, a rating system was introduced to Thai cinemas for the first time in 2008. But that long-overdue change didn't save Thai films from being censored, largely for political reasons. Matthew Hunt wrote a book on Thai film censorship that includes interviews with ten directors whose films have been cut or banned. In this lecture, he will present an overview of the history of film censorship in Thailand, examine the consequences of the rating system, and show how filmmakers are finding ways to comment on Thailand's volatile contemporary politics.

Join Via Zoom.
Facebook event here
Meeting ID: 979 8213 2663
Handshake Link:

UW Events Link:

SuccessWorks Events Link:

Peace Corps Event Link:
Registration link: 
Jobs & Opportunities
The application for CUSP, the exchange program for American scholars and students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to teach, study or conduct research abroad in China and Hong Kong SAR, is now open. IIE will hold Zoom webinars to provide more information on CUSP and to answer questions.

U.S. Webinar
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register at:

China Webinar
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM (Beijing Time) Register at

Grants are offered from 5 to 10 months and exchanges must take place between August 2021 and May 2022. Benefits include international airfare, living stipend, insurance and other allowances.

Eligibility: All applicants should be citizens or permanent residents of China, Hong Kong SAR (China) or the U.S. at the time of application. CUSP is open to Students including undergraduates in their final year, Master’s and doctoral students, and some recent graduates; and Scholars who hold a terminal degree or artists with significant professional experience.

Applications will include a CV/resume, project statement, course syllabus (if Scholars propose to teach) and two short essays. A letter of affiliation is required for Scholar applicants, and highly recommended for Students.

Students are required to obtain three letters of recommendation. For Scholars, two letters of recommendation are required. More information Please visit our website at to review program details. Email us at with any questions.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.



  • Asterism Healthcare in Japan is seeking an additional intern to help with Japanese translation and writing projects this summer! Apply here
  • Asterism Healthcare in Japan is seeking additional interns to support communications and marketing projects such as blogging and other content creation for summer. Apply here
  • Gotoco in China is looking for summer marketing interns to assist in developing a more comprehensive marketing strategy. Apply here
  • Asia Internship Program is offering a scholarship to cover a virtual internship placement in Asia (likely South Korea, Singapore or Thailand) for one UW-Madison student this summer. Apply for the scholarship with them here by March 31.
  • 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

We are excited to share that the Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLIis hiring!

We have a number of student hourly positions that we are looking to fill for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. There are positions available for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students. We are seeking to hire a diverse staff committed to inclusive involvement experiences for all UW students.

For more information, please visit CfLI's Employment page. Here you will find links to the available job posting at the Student Job Center, where interested students may apply. 

The deadline for all open positions is Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11:59pm

We hope you'll consider joining our team! 

Center for Leadership & Involvement

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:

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Dept. Asian Languages and Cultures, UW-Madison · 1220 Linden Dr · 1244 Van Hise Hall · Madison, WI 53706-1525 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp