June 17, 2008

Graduate Fellowship Honors the Mathers!

We are very pleased to announce the establishment of a new graduate student fellowship in honor of Richard B. and Virginia Mather. Over the last sixty years, Richard and Ginny have been dear colleagues and good friends through the many manifestations of Asian studies at the University of Minnesota. During that time, Richard emerged as one of the world’s most important scholars of Chinese literature of the early medieval period.

In his research Richard drew broadly on the literatures of Asia, including Japanese and Sanskrit. So it is particularly appropriate that this new fellowship is available to graduate students in our PhD program in Asian Literatures, Cultures and Media, now entering its fourth year.

To contribute to the Mather Fellowship, please visit Asian Languages & Literatures’ Make a Gift or contact Jill Kane at CLA External Relations.

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March 10, 2008

Congratulations Jason, Twice!

Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market AgeWe are very pleased to announce that Jason McGrath, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film, has just had two significant achievements, both related to his study of film.

First, Jason’s new book Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age has been published by Stanford University Press (March 2008). Andrew Jones of the University of California - Berkeley has said "This is the most lucid, engaging, and theoretically acute account of contemporary Chinese cultural production to have emerged in recent years from the Western academy."

Second, Jason has just won a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (2008-2010) for his project “Inscribing the Real: Chinese Cinema from the Silent Era to the Twenty-first Century.? This is one of the University of Minnesota’s most prestigious awards. The major purpose of the McKnight Professorship program is to nurture the careers of the University of Minnesota’s most promising junior faculty members in order to strengthen the faculty for the future. Jason is the only scholar in the Humanities to win the award this year (of 13), and one of only two people in the Humanities in the last three years.

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November 27, 2007

Yes, There are (new) Doctors in the House!

Congratulations! Five of our language teachers and program leaders have recently completed their PhDs.

New DoctorsLead Teachers of Chinese (Ling Wang), Hindi (Ravi Prasad), Japanese (Tomoko Hoogenboom), and Korean (Hangtae Cho), as well as Chinese teacher and liaison with the Language Center (Zhen Zou) are our new Doctors.

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April 23, 2007

Midwest University Speech Contest

On Saturday, March 31, the Third Midwest University Chinese Speech Contest was held at Northwestern University in Chicago. Of the fifteen gold cups awarded, U of M students from ALL won five of them and one took the silver cup. Twenty-one of the best universities from nine Midwestern states, including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Washington University and others were represented.

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September 7, 2006

Five Students in ALL Win Taiwan Government Scholarships

Will Hesch, Annalee Hanson, Anatoly DetwylerScott Divine, a student in ALL and the Carlson School, won a prestigious "Degree Scholarship" from the Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) to pursue an MBA at National Taiwan University (Taida). He will begin his three year program with a year of intensive language study at International Chinese Language Program (ICLP). In a nation-wide competition, Annalee Hanson and William Hesch both won MOE scholarships for a year of Chinese study, which they will pursue at the Center for Chinese Language and Culture Studies (CCLC) at National Taiwan Normal University. At the same time Anatoly Detwyler and Margot Goodnow were granted similar scholarships through the regional Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago competition. Anatoly will study at ICLP and Margot will study at CCLC.

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July 18, 2006

U Wins National Grant Funding for Asian Studies

Folwell Hall roofThe University of Minnesota has been awarded a four-year National Resource Centers (NRC) grant by the Department of Education for The Consortium for the Study of the Asias (yes, Asias!). This makes us one of only three universities in the nation with Centers that focuses on Asia in general. This grant is accompanied by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for graduate students studying and researching in Asian languages. The expected four-year funding level for both the NCR and FLAS will be approximately 1.9 million dollars.

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May 5, 2006

Professor Michael Molasky: Jazz Musician, Jazz Scholar

cover: The Jazz Culture of Postwar Japan: Film, Literature, the Underground by Michael MolaskyIt is impossible to write a thorough cultural history of postwar Japan without referring to jazz. That simple premise lies at the heart of this book, which examines how jazz has been represented in Japanese film, literature, criticism, and material culture from 1945 through the present day.

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April 20, 2006

John Munson: ALL Senior Project Leads to Taipei City Visiting Artist Gig

"...and you may find yourself in another part of the world...and you may ask yourself, did I get here?? -Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

Performing at an indigenous people's festival in Taipei, guitar in hand, surrounded by some of Taiwan's most respected aboriginal musicians singing, "Down By The Riverside"; exploring the limits of my ragged Chinese in various public speaking settings (to wild appreciation!); hosting Taiwanese art students in my studio; cajoling and then recording complete strangers singing folk songs...during November and December I must have asked myself 500 times the question the Talking Heads pose.

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April 6, 2006

Asian Languages Summer Institute

In one summer you can complete an entire year of Asian language study (or even two years of Hmong and Hindi). Your classes will be highly interactive, moving you quickly to proficiency in the four skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Join us for a summer of learning and fun.

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