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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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Laura Brueck Edits Issue of Words Without Borders

Associate Professor Laura Brueck publishes Rewriting Caste: Dalit Literature in Hindi in the October 2018 issue of Words Without Borders
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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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Korean Language Table

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

This Language Table will be a great place for you to practice conversation in a relaxed informal setting. You will meet fellow Korean l...

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...

Hindi Urdu Language Table

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Evanston

All students are welcome! From beginners to native speakers! And there's chai and snacks!!

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ALC Year in Review 2017-2018
Global Humanities Initiative announces winners of translation prize

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