News and Announcements
For freshmen who would like to continue to take Chinese or Japanese, or returning students with prior background who would like to take Chinese or Japanese in the fall, please come to the annual Placement Test. Time: 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 29 Place: Hollander 040 (Japanese); Hollander 241 (Chinese).
Several students in Scarlett Jang’s Asian Art Survey, ARTH 103, will be giving public talks in Object Lab this month. Each student will focus on 1-3 of the works that Scarlett selected for Object Lab. They will incorporate information from class discussions as well as independent research. Here is the schedule: Tues, April 18 Hannah
Come and meet the ASST faculty and students in Hollander 241 from 7 – 8:00 pm. Enjoy some delicious Asian snacks. Find about more about courses offered for Fall 2017. Learn more about South Asian Studies on campus.
Supported by an endowment for Asian Studies established by family and friends in memory of James A. Linen III, Class of 1934, the Department of Asian Studies offers a limited number of grants to assist Williams College undergraduates in traveling to Asia during the summer for educational purposes. For the purposes of these grants, “Asia” refers to South, Southeast, and East Asia, defined as those parts of the continent east of the Khyber Pass and south and east of the Tian Shan Mountains and the Gobi Desert. The Linen Grant Selection Committee will give highest priority to funding proposals that contribute to developing a student’s scholarship in a serious and well-focused way. Proposals might include conducting research for an honor’s thesis; pursuing other kinds of independent research projects under the supervision of a member of the Asian Studies faculty; or participating in an intensive language training program (at the third-year level or higher, except in very unusual circumstances).
Through the generosity of the Taiwan Ministry of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO), the Department of Asian Studies at Williams College has been awarded a scholarship for one Williams student to study Mandarin language in Taiwan during 2017-18. As explained in a letter received from TECO, “this scholarship is being awarded to your esteemed college in the hopes of fostering a strong friendship between Williams College and Taiwan and furthering our mutual academic goals of cross-cultural understanding and exchange.”
The scholarship allows Williams students to study Mandarin language in Taiwan at a university-affiliated language training center of the student’s choice for a period of three, six, nine months or one full year beginning from September 1, 2017, ending by August 31, 2018. The scholarship consists of NT 25,000 per month (approximately US $781 at the current exchange rate), out of which the student will pay tuition and living expenses. With careful budgeting, the scholarship amount should be sufficient to cover about ten hours a week of tuition as well as moderate housing and meal costs, but applicants should note that airfare and miscellaneous expenses are not included.
Speaker: Jacob Kurien, Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China
✣ Thursday, February 9 | 8:00-9:30 P.M. | Griffin 6
All students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community are welcome!
Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies
Come and meet with Chinese faculty and students returning from study abroad. They will be happy to answer all your questions about study abroad opportunities, and the types of funding that are available. ✽ Tuesday, November 15, 7-8 PM | Hollander 040
Tuesday, October 25, Hollander 040, 7 – 8 PM This is your chance to come and meet faculty and students in the Department of Asian Studies! Come and find out more about courses offered by the department for WSP and Spring 2017. There will be delicious ice cream from Lickety Split.
On Wednesday, October 5th (4:00 p.m. in Hollander Hall 241), Fiona Sze-Lorrain will read from her latest book of poetry, The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), chosen by Library Journal as one of the “Best Books 2015: Poetry” and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2016, as well as her two earlier collections, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010). In addition, she will read from her translations of contemporary Chinese and American poets, including Mark Strand and Yi Lu’s Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016), shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award.
Lessons Large & Small: Six Models for Field Development in the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) – South Asian, Southeast Asian, African, Russian, Japanese and Chinese
A talk by Dr. Scott McGinnis is Academic Advisor for the Washington office of the Defense Language Institute (DLI).
✽ 4/28, 4:15pm | Hollander Hall 241
This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Asians Studies, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Lecture Committee at Williams College.