Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science


Professor Muhammad Umar Memon (1939-2018)

Sunday, June 3rd Professor Emeritus Mohammad Umar Memon passed away from a relatively short battle with a rare form of lung cancer. In a brief call with his wife, Nakako, she shared that he was diagnosed only six months ago, and was enjoying his daily walks and translating projects until a few weeks ago when Hospice care was provided for him in their home.

Japanese language professor retires, leaving a lasting legacy

May 11, 2018 By Cade Campbell

Since joining UW–Madison in 1976, Professor Naomi Hanaoka McGloin has become a pioneer in the field of Japanese language and linguistics, making UW–Madison a flagship university for the next generation of Japanese language educators.

Workshop at Nanjing University by Professor Nienhauser

Professor William Nienhauser was in Nanjing University giving a two-week Workshop on the Assassin-Retainer biographies from the Shiji (Grand Scribe's Records). For two weeks he read the original text, translated and annotated it with about thirty graduate and undergraduate students from six different universities in China and Hong Kong. This is the third year in a row the Professor Nienhauser has held this workshop and two of its "graduates," Zheyu Su and Yixuan Cai, are now ALC graduate students. Ms.

Long a center for Chinese studies, UW-Madison to host language, culture conferences this week

Hundreds of scholars of Chinese language and culture will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, long a center for Chinese studies, on May 5 and May 6 for a pair of prestigious international conferences.

It will be the 26th annual meeting for the International Association of Chinese Linguistics and the 20th International Conference on Chinese Language and Culture. Scholars from all over the world are expected to attend.

Celebrating Asian Studies at UW

Madison, WI (April 20, 2018) -- The Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) department hosted a symposium last Friday to highlight Asian studies students and the departments’ new degree program.


The symposium brought together members of the UW-Madison community to showcase student opportunities and experiences with Asian Studies offered by the university.


Asian Studies participants showcased the impacts Asia has had on their experiences at UW-Madison through conversation, dance, photography and musical performances.


Success at the 2018 Midwest College Chinese Speech Contest

We just drove back from Chicago where we attended the 2018 Midwest College Chinese Speech Contest, held at Lake Forest College in Chicago yesterday. This year, our team was made of these 5 students: Collin O’Keeffe, Elizabeth Somsen, Kristine Nguyen, Jake Lee, and David Burnett. Based on their Chinese proficiency level and language background, all of the contestants were divided into six groups and our students, all non-heritage students, competed in the 1st four categories:

Sara Farsiu nominated as a Spring 2018 University Housing Honored Instructor

Sara Farsiu, ALC's Persian Instructor has been nominated as a Spring 2018 University Housing Honored Instructor! Congratulations! Each semester, University Housing residents have the opportunity to recognize outstanding classroom instructors through the Honored Instructor program. Over the past ten years, students who live in University Housing have honored hundreds of instructors on campus. This spring Sara has been nominated by a student currently living in University Housing for the inspiration she provides in the classroom.