Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
1 December 2020
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Table of Contents
  1. End-of-Semester Reception
  2. ALC Spring 2021 Courses
  3. Graduate Student News
  4. Undergraduate News
  5. Campus Lectures
  6. Funding & Internships
  7. Advising Available
End-of-Semester Reception
ALC Spring 2021 Courses

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

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

Graduate Student News
Hae Ree Jun (Ph.D. Candidate in Japanese Linguistics) has accepted an offer from University of Minnesota. Hae Ree will begin her appointment in fall 2021 as the Director of Japanese Language Instruction. Congratulations!!
PhD Position, Second Language Studies, Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Second Language Studies PhD Program and the MSU College of Arts and Letters seeks a doctoral student focused on less commonly taught languages and applied linguistics to work as a graduate research assistant while obtaining an SLS PhD at MSU. This is a fully funded position. Full details are available here. Application deadline in December 11, 2020.

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.

((Undergraduates seeking more information about opportunities available through the Boren Scholarship can learn more following any of the links above and by contacting the UW-Madison's Boren Scholarships representative,

Undergraduate News
Chinese Language and Culture Club in collaboration with SuccessWorks will hold a seminar on how to market Chinese Language when looking for internships and searching for jobs. 

Topic: CLACC X SuccessWorks: Internship and/or Job Search Strategies
Time: Friday, Dec 4, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 953 7313 5299

Please be consider enrolling in the Inter-LS Career Courses offered in Spring 2021 these very helpful courses focus on career preparation, applying to jobs, internships, and research positions.

Inter-LS 210 & 215 are designed to help students build skills they can use now for job & internship searches. Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative is a one-credit course, while Inter-LS 215: Communicating About Careers is a three-credit course that also fulfills the Comm B requirement. You do not have to enroll in both courses.

Inter-LS 260: Internship in the Liberal Arts & Sciences applications for Spring 2021 are currently being accepted. This one-credit online course is open to any UW-Madison student seeking to earn course credit while completing an internship. This is a permission-only course, and the instructions to apply can be found here

Campus Lectures & Conversations
Center for South Asia Lecture Series
Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 12-1 PM CST

The Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Novel in Contemporary Tamil Writing
Vasugi Kailasam (Assistant Professor, Tamil Studies, University of California, Berkeley) Zoom Access here

Please visit the CSA Web Calendar for additional events.
Friday Forum @ Center for Southeast Asian Studies
December 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm CST

"Contextualizing Development in Papua Indonesia"

By Antie Solaiman
Universitas Kristen Indonesia

Virtual Friday Forum Lecture. Visit CSEA website for more information.

Funding & Internships
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:
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020, 3-4pm
  • 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:
Scholarship available for Chinese Students to participate in the 1st China - America Student Conference (ChASC), which, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, will take place online from December 27 - 30, 2020 and January 3-7, 2021. 

Apply now via the following link:  Be sure to use promo code "USHCA" to be considered for scholarship.

Application Deadline is December 6th, 2020
Wisconsin Sijo Competition Press Release
The Center for East Asian Studies is delighted to announce the first sijo poetry competition in the state of Wisconsin. This competition is open to all Wisconsinites and offers prizes of up to $400. 

Read the full press release here!
UW-Madison International Internship Program -- Applications Open

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. 

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
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Rachel Weiss 
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
(608) 890-0138      E-mail:

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