Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Asian Languages & Cultures

We encourage students to study Asia in a regional and comparative frame while cultivating scholarly capacities in particular aspects of Asian culture, including East, South, and Southeast Asian Studies.  To that end, we offer multiple degree options at the BA, MA, and Ph.D levels, reflecting departmental research strengths that allow students to approach the study of languages and cultures from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. 

  • UW-Madison students and Professor Hongming Zhang at the 2016 Beijing Chinese Speech Contest at Peking University in July, 2016
  • Professor Junko Mori with UW Alumni and student at a WAA Japan Chapter gathering in June, 2016
  • Professor Kuo-P'ing Chou helped create the Department of Chinese and served as its first chair
  • Students in Choua Lee's First Semester Hmong class in October, 2008
  • UW-Madison's Korean Traditional Drumming and Dancing student organization, Ulssu, during the Homecoming Parade in October, 2015
  • Professor John Dunne with his Holiness the Dalai Lama during a meeting of the Mind and Life Institute at Sera monastery (Bylakuppe, India) in December, 2015



Adam L. Kern (co-editor)
Leiden: E.J. Brill
William H. Nienhauser
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press

Upcoming Events

  • 12/9/2016 - 02:00 AM
    The ALC End-of-Semester Gathering is scheduled for Friday, December 9th from 2-4 pm (with welcoming words starting around 2.30 pm) in 1840 Van Hise Hall.   We will be ordering some food items (Samosa, Pad Thai, and Spring Rolls).  
  • 12/16/2016 - 09:00 AM
    The departmental meeting determined that it is best for the department to schedule a one-day retreat to discuss some critical matters associated with the future operation of our department and academic programs.