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Asian Languages and Cultures

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Department overview

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The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers an education in the languages, cultures, and literatures of Asia. Students will acquire linguistic and transcultural competence in one or more regions of Asia and learn to better appreciate Asia as a dynamic site of international cultural relations.

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Why ALC?

A few of our students share their reasons for studying Asian languages and cultures and what they gained from the experience.

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Faculty Highlights

 
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Treasure Seeker

With research that adds important female voices to Tibetan Buddhism, Sarah Jacoby goes deep to examine the roots of human suffering, the path to liberation, and what the ‘Me Too’ movement may mean for global Buddhism.
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Corey Byrnes wins Weatherhead First Book Award

The co-winner of the 2018 First Book Award is Corey Byrnes for Fixing Landscape: A Techno-Poetic History of China's Three Gorges, now available from Columbia University Press.
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News and Events

 

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Saving Endangered Books
Department faculty are partnering with Northwestern Libraries'  Distinctive Collections Department to protect rapidly disappearing books and manuscripts and make them available to scholars of South Asian literature at Northwestern and beyond.

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Events

 
Nov
15
2019
Japanese Language Coffee Hour

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Evanston

The Japanese instructors will host the Japanese Language Coffee Hour once a week for the students of Japanese. This Coffee Hour will be...

Nov
18
2019
Bollywood Movie - DON

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Evanston

dir. Farhan Akhtar, 2006 (169 mins.) Catching Don isn’t just hard... it’s impossible. This film has subtitles!

Nov
20
2019
Hindi-Urdu Language Table

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Evanston

Practice conversation in a relaxed informal setting. You will meet fellow Hindi-Urdu learning students. 

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News

 
ALC Year in Review 2018-2019

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