92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC)

3070 Frieze Building


Professor Kenneth J. DeWoskin, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program in Chinese or Japanese


Robert Lyons Danly, Japanese literature, particularly fiction of the Edo and Meiji-Taisho periods

Madhav Deshpande, Sanskrit language, literature and linguistics

Kenneth J. DeWoskin, Early Chinese narrative literature, criticism, and aesthetics

Luis O. Gómez, Buddhist religion and philosophy (Indian and Chinese Mahayana)

Peter E. Hook, Indo-Aryan languages and linguistics

Shuen-fu Lin, Pre-modern Chinese literature, especially classical poetry and poetics; Sung periods

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Autochthonous Buddhist traditions of Tibet

Donald J. Munro, Chinese philosophy

Associate Professors

William H. Baxter, III, Chinese language and linguistics

Yi-tsi Feuerwerker, Chinese fiction and literary criticism

Ken K. Ito, Modern Japanese literature, particularly Meiji and Taisho fiction

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, Japanese literature

Assistant Professors

Nancy K. Florida, Indonesian language and literature

Paul C. Forage, Chinese history

T. Griffith Foulk, Buddhist studies (Japan and China)

David Rolston, Chinese language and literature (traditional Chinese fiction and Chinese criticism of the novel

David Solnit, Thai language and literature

Alexander Vovin, Japanese Language and Linguistics

Adjunct Associate Professor

Paz Naylor, Tagalog language and linguistics


Minoru Aizawa, Japanese language

Montatip Krishnamra Brown, Thai language

Hsin-hsin Liang, Chinese language

Misao Kozuka, Japanese language

Kaori Ohara, Japanese language

Sayhyon Park, Korean language

Mohammad Tahsin Siddiqi, Hindi-Urdu language

Margaretha Sudarsih, Indonesian language

Hilda Tao, Chinese language

Keiko Unedaya, Japanese language

Affiliated Faculty

Professor Chun-shu Chang, Pre-modern Chinese History

Professors Emeriti James I. Crump, Harriet C. Mills

The department offers instruction in the languages, literatures, linguistics, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia. The wide range of courses includes some which do not require any knowledge of any particular language. These include survey courses in traditional and modern Chinese and Japanese literature, Chinese and Japanese civilization, Chinese philosophy, and a sequence of courses on Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan. The department offers undergraduate concentrations only in Chinese and Japanese, but undergraduates are encouraged to consult departmental advisors about appropriate electives, about introducing an Asian component into a concentration plan focused in another department, as well as about developing a plan of study leading to a concentration in Chinese or Japanese.

The department's core courses in the modern languages of East, South and Southeast Asia are designed to develop proficiency in the basic skills of speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing. Students are required to make extensive use of the language laboratory. In the advanced courses, reading is emphasized. To speed student progress toward a working knowledge of the languages, intensive work in Chinese and Japanese is usually offered during the summer (students must apply for admission to the summer program). Courses in classical Chinese, classical Japanese, literary Tibetan, and Sanskrit are designed mainly to develop a student's reading ability.

The faculty and staff in the department reserve the right to require students with previous background in an Asian language to take a placement test. The student will be referred to the appropriate level of language study based on placement test results.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Chinese or Japanese 102 or 361. PLEASE NOTE: Undergraduates with native or near native ability in Chinese or Japanese are not encouraged to concentrate in their respective languages in this department. It is our belief that these students, who by background have already completed the language requirements for a concentration in either Chinese or Japanese, are better served by a concentration in some other field, such as English, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Religion, History, etc. On the other hand, students who have a native or near native command of Japanese and who wish to take the language courses required for concentration in Chinese, are welcome to do so. Students with a language background in Chinese likewise may consider a concentration in Japanese.

Concentration Program. Requirements for the A.B. in Chinese Language and Literature. All students are expected to complete a minimum of 38 credits consisting of two departmental courses in literature in translation (selected from the sequence Chinese 471, 472, 473), 20 credits of language courses beyond the first-year level, 3 credits in the upperclass seminar in Chinese humanities, and 9 credits in cognate courses in the social sciences and humanities relating to East Asia (e.g., area-related courses in anthropology, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religion, or other appropriate disciplines). Honors Concentration. Candidates for the Honors concentration must meet all requirements for the concentration in Chinese and must elect Chinese 391 and 392 and, if possible, Chinese 393 and 394. Recommendations for the departmental designation of "Honors," "high Honors," and "highest Honors" in Chinese are made on the basis of the student's performance in the Honors courses and the quality of his or her Honors thesis.

Requirements for the A.B. in Japanese Language and Literature. Students who elect Japanese language and literature as their field of concentration must have completed one year of Japanese (Japanese 101/102 or 361). Concentrators will then be required to take a minimum of 38 additional hours. These 38 hours must include at least two departmental courses in literature in translation (Japanese 401-402), 20 credits of language courses beyond the first-year level (equivalent to the third-year level), and six credits in social science or humanities courses relating to East Asia. Six additional credits are required, composed either of additional cognates or advanced language courses (Japanese 407/408 or 461). Honors Concentration. Candidates for the Honors concentration must meet all requirements for the concentration in Japanese and must elect Japanese 391 and 392 and, if possible, Japanese 393 and 394. Recommendations for the departmental designation of "Honors," "high Honors," or "highest Honors" in Japanese are made on the basis of the student's performance in the Honors courses and the quality of his or her Honors thesis.

Advising and Counseling. Appointments are scheduled directly with the advisor. Students who have a formal or informal interest in East Asia are encouraged to consult a concentration advisor.

Area Centers. The department is part of a larger network of teaching and scholarship on Asia at the University of Michigan. Three area centers, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, bring together faculty in the department with Asian area specialists elsewhere on campus. The Centers, subsidized by the U.S. Office of Education, organize and sponsor numerous extra-curricular activities including informal lunch talks, lectures and colloquia by visiting scholars, and films and exhibits.

Overseas Study. The University of Michigan is a co-sponsor of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Students may apply to these programs during their second year of courses (or thereafter) in the appropriate language. Admission is based on national competition, and space is limited. However, Michigan students have proven successful in gaining entrance to these programs. The overseas centers provide an opportunity to master spoken Chinese or Japanese and to improve reading and research skills. Limited financial aid is available from both the University and the overseas centers to students who are admitted. Application for admission and aid is made directly to the administrative offices located at Stanford University (Stanford, California); however, the Michigan representatives to the respective programs are available to counsel interested students. For information, contact the department office. The University of Michigan's Center for South and Southeast Asia is a member of the Consortium on Teaching Indonesian in Indonesia and of the inter-university program, the Southeast Asian Studies Institute (SEASI) held each summer in the United States (at different locations each year). The Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is an undergraduate academic year program in Kyoto co-sponsored by nine universities in the United States, including the University of Michigan. This center, developed in cooperation with the University of Kyoto, opened in September of 1989. The program will provide a select group of undergraduates with an academic challenge of study in Japanese language and culture. Prerequisites: at least one year of prior enrollment in Japanese language courses at the college level (five hours per week minimum). Please refer to the KCJS publication (available in the ALC office, 3070 Frieze Building) for further details. Application deadline: January 31. Applications are available from the Center for Japanese Studies, 108 Lane Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290. The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is an opportunity for undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Michigan to study Japanese language, society and culture in Japan. Located in Shiga Prefecture, on Lake Biwa, (near Kyoto and Osaka), the JCMU offers academic courses and programs for university credit. The program is open to undergraduates from any of the fifteen state-supported universities in Michigan, as well as students from Shiga Prefecture. Prerequisites: applicants must have been enrolled full-time for at least one year at one of the state-supported universities in Michigan. Applicants must apply through their home institution. Application deadline: March 1. Applications available from the Center for Japanese Studies, 108 Lane Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290.

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