Introducing Distinguished Major Jennifer Murray

Rising fourth year student Jennifer Murray has already completed the requirements for her Chinese major, and so has decided to take on the additional challenge of a Distinguished Major program in Chinese. For her project, she has chosen the writings of Daoist sage Zhuangzi. She plans to prepare to work with primary materials on Zhuangzi by reading secondary scholarship and sampling the numerous English translations over summer break. In the Fall she will select the passages that she wishes to focus on and read them under the guidance of DMP advisor Professor Anne Kinney.


Chinese Program to Receive Technology Upgrade with "Hybrid Challenge" Grant

Congratulations are due to Professor Ran Zhao for receiving President Sullivan's $10,000 "Hybrid Challenge" grant to flip Chinese 1010 into a hybrid technology-enhanced course as a pilot for the Chinese Language Program and other language programs in DEAL. She is only one of ten recipients university-wide.


Japan Week 2013 Marks Sixth Successful Year for Much Anticipated Annual Festival

Japan Week began in 2008 as a collective effort between the UVA Japanese Language program and UVA student organizations, high school Japanese programs, and Japanese related groups in the Charlottesville community. It aimed to promote Japanese language and culture to the Charlottesville community, as well as to people living in the surrounding areas. The UVA Japanese program served as the leader of this outreach initiative.


Next Year’s Mastercard Scholarship Winner: Maggie Rank

Students who enroll in DEAL’s Distinguished Majors Program automatically become eligible for the annual Mastercard Scholarship, established by Mrs. Rebecca George and Mr. H. Eugene Lockhardt, Jr. to encourage the study of Asia. The scholarship is awarded based on merit as evidenced by excellence in language study and creative approaches to Asia-related topics.


Japan Week Spring Festival Saturday, April 20

DEAL will hold its annual Japan Week Spring Festival at the Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall on Saturday, April 20 from 2:00-4:30 pm. For more information, please consult the attached flyer.


Japan Day Saturday, April 13

DEAL's Japan Day for 2013 will take place at the International Residential College on Saturday, April 13, from 1:00-3:00 pm. For more information, please consult the attached flyer.


New Course in Modern Chinese Literary Translation

Professor Charles Laughlin will be offering a new course in Chinese Literary Translation in Fall 2013. Please find details on the flyer here.

He will be having an info session on Tuesday, April 9, from 1:00-1:45. Please sign up on his door (CAB 527) if you can make it, or let him know if another time would work better for you.


Physics Research Internship for UVA Student Elton Ho

UVA Japanese student Elton Ho, currently a third year physics major, has been accepted to the University of Tokyo Research Internship program to study research and development of particle detectors with renowned scholar Hiroaki Aihara. He will spend 6 weeks in Tokyo this summer with other selected students from around the world. The airfare and cost of living will be covered by various scholarships they provide, so Elton will be staying in Japan at no cost. Congratulations Elton!

ホさん、おめでとう。 がんばってくださいね!



Mandarin Chinese Jumpstart Program a Resounding Success

The first Mandarin Chinese Jumpstart short course has ended successfully. Ms. Jie YUAN, the 2012-13 part-time visiting instructor from East China Normal University taught this mini course from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on February 23 and March 2 at the International Center. Most of the participants were UVA faculty/staff, community members, and a few were undergraduate and graduate students. All the participants enjoyed the brief introduction to the pinyin system, basic greetings and the phrases for giving a self-introduction.


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.