Professor Heldt's Translation of the Tosa Diary Republished

We have just learned that Professor Gustav Heldt's translation of the Japanese classic Tosa Diary was republished in the Norton Anthology of World Literature. Find out more about the Anthology by clicking here.


Tibetan to Be Taught Via Videoconferencing Technology

Some less commonly taught languages, including Tibetan, are to be taught with Cisco telepresence videoconferencing technology, in a new joint initiative between Duke University and the University of Virginia. DEAL's own Professor Tsetan Nepali will be spearheading the Tibetan teaching initiative. For more information, see the article in UVA TODAY.


Modern Japanese Women Writers as Artists as Cultural Critics

Professor Michiko Wilson will be presenting on the topic "Modern Japanese Women Writers Speak their Minds" at the Virginia Festival of the Book on June 21st. For more information, please see the flyer.


UVA Hires New Japan Outreach Coordinator

The new coordinator arrived in the U.S. in early August as a part of the Japan Outreach Initiative, sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Laurasian Institution. She will take up her post at the Asia Institute for a year. For details, read the article in UVA Today.


UVA to Boost Study of Non-Western Cultures at Virginia Community Colleges

The program will devote resources from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help the colleges offer courses focusing on non-European content from East Asia, South Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Read more at UVA Today.


UVA STARTALK Application Now Available

The application for UVA's 2013 STARTALK teacher training academy is now available. To apply, please go to the Google Drive application form.

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UVA STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy for 2013

UVA will once again be hosting the STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy in Summer 2013. As promised, here is the flyer with the announcement: 2013 STARTALK flyer


Prof. Laughlin to Engage with Experts on Journalism in China

Professor Charles Laughlin will engage with three international journalists on the state of journalism in China at 3:15 pm in Clark Hall, room 108 on Friday, February 15. New sites, blogs, and social networks have created new conduits for information about what is happening in China, some more reliable than the state-run media. For more information, see the article in UVA Today.


Language Jumpstart Program Offers Springboard for Mandarin Study

The University of Virginia’s Lorna Sundberg International Center is offering introductory language classes in Mandarin and French this semester as part of its Language Jumpstart program.

Participants will learn practical phrases, greetings, basic grammar and phonetic pronunciation.

The program will feature short lectures followed by practice in small groups with native or advanced speakers.


Chinese Corner January 24

The first Chinese Corner of the semester was held January 24, 2013. It was especially successful due to the attendance of Winter study tour college students, who participated eagerly in the proceedings!