Asian Languages and Cultures

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Asian Languages and Cultures is home to nearly twenty faculty whose research and teaching specialities range from medical humanities in India, the Hinduist roots of yoga, or inflecting contemporary mindfulness practice with insights from Tibetan buddhism, to human rights in Thailand - from Chinese ghost stories, traditional Sinology, and mathematically inflected Chinese philology, to sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Indonesian - and from critical reading of late-Heian tale fiction, early modern Japanese comedic narratives, and haiku, to manga, anime, and Japanese counterculture.

Our language instructors design and implement courses that efficiently build proficiency in Filipino, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Persian, Tibetan, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Our administrative staff is a team of three comprising a Department Administrator, a Financial Specialist, and an Undergraduate Advisor & Graduate Program Coordinator.

The Asian Languages and Cultures roster includes over fifty graduate students pursuing the MA or PhD degree, and we typically host around a dozen concurrent honorary fellows.