Asian Languages and Cultures

Why study Asian Languages and Cultures?

欢迎, ようこそ, and Welcome to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, the heart of Asian Studies at Macalester. We offer Chinese and Japanese Language and Culture majors and minors, as well majors and minors in our inter-regional and interdisciplinary Asian Studies program that brings together faculty from all across campus. No prior knowledge of the languages or cultures we teach is required. All you need is an inquisitive mind, a good dose of diligence, and a willingness to learn new things.

Chinese

Curious about learning the language spoken by one-fifth of the world's population? Our rigorous language and culture curriculum will provide you with the opportunity to strive for fluency in modern Chinese. It also helps you gain a broad and critical understanding of the multifaceted nature of Chinese culture. Study abroad in China as part of your major will further make you appreciate modern China’s fast changing society. Chinese at Macalester prepares you for rewarding careers in a variety of fields or postgraduate studies in a number of China-related disciplines.

Japanese

Studying Japanese at Macalester provides an opportunity to study one of the world's most intriguing languages, to appreciate a rich and diverse culture, and to critically engage with a modern and dynamic society. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to gain proficiency in Japanese, and to enable you to gain a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Japanese culture and its place in Asia and the world. Japanese at Macalester provides a stepping stone for further graduate studies or exciting careers in a variety of fields.

Asian Studies

Macalester's Asian Studies major or minor offer an inter-regional and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia. By bringing together faculty from across campus with diverse research and teaching interests such as history, literature, linguistics, art, music, religion and society, Asian Studies offers a unique way for students to tailor a course of study most suited to their individual interests. While less language intensive than the above two programs, Asian Studies equally prepares you to write analytically, speak publicly, and think critically about Asia.

Department News and Upcoming Events

2014 Poetry Contest Celebration Lunch -- May 7, ArtCom102, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  All Entrants receive a prize; category winners receive an Amazon gift card.    

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First Chinese Major to defend an honors thesis

A Chinese First

Cerisa Obern '13 made history as the first Chinese Major to defend an honors thesis.  Her title:  The Expression of Alternative Nationalism in China's Weibo.  Left to right: Asst. Prof. Xin Yang, Cerisa Obern, Associate Prof. Leola Johnson and Prof. Yue-Him Tam.

Poetry Contest

The 2014 Poetry/Mini-Fiction Awards Ceremony will be May 7, 11:30-1 p.m in ArtCom 102. Watch this space for the winners. 

Culture Courses, FALL 2014

Opulence and Decadence:  China, Europe and the Early Modern World
Dialects, Multilingualism and the Politics of Speaking Japanese
Japanese Film and Animation:  From the Salaryman to the Shojo