UW-Madison Chinese Language Students Won at the Midwest Chinese Speech Contest***

We are pleased to announce that our Chinese Language Program students won big again this year with four gold and three silver medals at the 2016 Midwest Universities Chinese Speech Contest at DePaul University in Chicago on April 23rd, 2016.  This year over 70 undergraduate and graduate students were competing from 15 universities in the Midwest and Great Lakes areas including Chicao, Indiana, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wayne State, Kansas, Colorado State, Valpraraiso, Luther College, UWM and UW-Madison.  All of our seven participating students won and here are our proud students: 1) Heather Brevard (1st place for 1st year non-heritage), 2) Courtney Stobbie (1st place for 1st year non-heritage), 3) Tucker Penny (1st place for 2nd year non-heritage), 4) Seung Hoon Hong (1st place for 4th year non-heritage), 5) Noah Perry (2nd place for 2nd year non-heritage), 6) Lily Hahn-Siting (2nd place for 3rd year non-heritage), and 7) Kat Thine (2nd place for 3rd year non-heritage).  Considering that winners from other universities were all trained and coached by our UW-Madison Chinese Linguistics Program graudate student lecturers, it was a total domination by UW-Madison this year.  Many thanks go to Prof. Hui Yu (from Hanban), our EALL Professors (Hongming Zhang, Bei Yang, and Weihua Zhu) and our Chinese Program TAs (Fang Yan, Han Yan, Hong Yan, Shuxiang You, Ziyun Liu, Yangtian Luo, Ji Wang, Rui Wang, Yanwen Wu, and Yinyin Xue) as well as graduate stduents from Hong Kong Institute of Education (Chaoran Chen, Xuan Huang, Yangmin Lei, Xinglin Wu, and Rui Zhang).  Congratulations! (Click here for the winners and their coaching teams)

New Courses from CIC e-school in Korean Studies (FALL 2016)***

Sponsored by the Korea Foundation‘s global e-school initiative, the CIC e-school is offering Korean studies courses for FALL 2016: 1) Korean History, 1945 to Present (9:30am-10:45am Tuesday & Thursday) by Professor Charles Kim (UW-Madison), and 2) Language and Society of the Two Koreas (2:00pm-3:15pm Monday and Wednesday) by Professor Hangtae Cho (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities). For further information please contact Professors Kim ( or Cho (

Chinese Langauge Students Swept 2016 State Chinese Speech Contest***

The 2016 Wisconin State Chinese Speech Contest was held in Milwaukee on April 16, 2016, and all of our six Chinese language students won big across the levels of non-heritage category this year(beginner, intermediate, and advanced).  Here are our proud students: 1) Heather Brevard (1st place for beginner), 2) Tucker Perry (1st place for intermediate), 3) Seung Hoon Hong (1st place for advanced), 4) Noah Perry (2nd place for intermediate), 5) Kat Thine (2nd place for intermediate), and 6) Lily Hahn-Sitting (3rd place for intermediate).  The students have been preparing for the state contest by teaming up with EALL Chinese Language Program TAs under the directions of Profs. Hui Yu (from Hanban) and Hongming Zhang.  While celebrating their victory, the students are already moving on to get ready for the Midwest Chinese Speech Contest in Chicago.  Congratulations!  (click here for a photo of our proud students and their TAs).

Japanese Speech Contest and Outreach to High Schools in Winsonsin***

The 14th Annual UW-Madison Japanese Speech Contest (March 3, 2016) brought the Madison community together and also provided a venue in which students speak confidently in Japanese and connect with many people not only from Madison but also from many parts of Wisconsin.  The speech contest is truly a community event, involving faculty, teaching assistants, and students of EALL.  The speech contest this year was a huge success again by bringing people together and thus enabling them to enjoy the Japanese language and culture in the community.  In addition, in collaboration with the Language Institute, UW-Madison Japanese language students reach out to high school students in Wisconsin by tutoring students in three Wisconsin high schools (Madison East, Manitowoc Lincoln, and Plymouth High Schools) through weekly videoconferencing and in person.  

New Course Offerings from EALL (Summer 2016)***

The Department of East Asian Languages and Litertuare is pleased to announce summer courses in Chinese and Japanese as well as the Anime course (by Professor Steve Ridgely) for Summer 2016.  Detailed information is as follows:

  • EA121 Elementary Chinese (MTWRF 8:55am-10:45am, Social Work 114, June 13~July 10, 2016)
  • EA123 Elementary Japanese (MTWRF 8:55am-10:45am, Van Hise 215, June 13~July 10, 2016)
  • EA203/327 Third Semester Japanese (MTWRF 8:55am-12:45pm, Sterling 1335, May 31~July 3, 2016)
  • EA204/328 Fourth Semester Japanese (MTWRF 8:55am-12:45pm, Education L177, July 5~August 7, 2016)
  • EA 378 Anime (MTWRF 2:00pm-4:50pm, Van Hise 104, May 23~June 12, 2016)

Professor Hongming Zhang selected as the WACLT 2015 Teacher of the Year

Professor Hongming Zhang has been named Teacher of the Year for 2015 by the Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT).  Here is a message from Lacey Melco, the President of WACLT: “It is my sincere pleasure to inform you that Professor Homing Zhang of the University of Wiscosnin-Madison has been selected as the WACLT 2015 Teacher of the Year.  Please recognize Professor Zhang for receiving this award.  WACLT is grateful for his outstanding commitment to Chinese language education and dedication to students, colleagues and the profession  It is our goal to keep Chinese visible and sustainable in the state of Wisconsin.  Madison has one of the best Chinese programs in the country and it is in great part due to the work of such talented and inspiring teachers like Professor Hongming Zhang and Professor Rania Huntington.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Congratulations on this great honor!” 

The Korean Language Buddy Program Spotlighted

Language Institute has just published an ariticle on the UW-Madison Korean Language Buddy Program on its website (click here)

Professor William Nienhauser’s Two New Books

  • Tang Dynasty Tales, A Guided Reader, Volume 2 to be published by World Scientific in Singapore and;
  • The Grand Scribe’s Records, Volume 10: The Memoirs of Han China III forthcoming this fall from Indiana University Press.

Our New Graduate Students for 2015-2016

It is our pleasure to extend a warm welcome to our new graduate students for the 2015-16 academic year: Kereth Cowe-Spigai (Japanese Literature), Ha Ree Jun (Japanese Linguistics), Miguel Llanos De La Guardia (Chinese Thought), Ziyun Liu (Chinese Thought), Koyuki Mitani (Japanese Linguistics), Ji Wenting (Chinese Literature), Tsumugi Yamamoto (Japanese Linguistics).  Welcome!