Skip Navigation
UMass Amherst Back to LLC Site

Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Check the latest news & events on our facebook!

6/20-21/2014 at Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku), Tokyo, Japan.

Professor Stephen Miller and Professor Amanda Seaman present papers at the Asian Studies Japan Conference at Sophia University. View The Eighth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ 2014) Program


KAKEHASHI PROJECT 4/24/2014 The Five College Japanese Programs have been awarded “the Kakehashi project” sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of Japan. This award makes it possible for 25 Five College students (including 1 or 2 chaperons) to visit Japan as a group from June 23rd until July 3rd and experience the culture by visiting many places and interacting with college students and other people in Japan. Transportation and other fees such as accommodations (except for personal expenses) are covered by the Foreign Ministry.

4/12/2014 The Fourth Annual Japanese Contest 4回日本語コンテスト in Boston: Yilun Chen received the 1st place in the Essay contest. The title was トラディショナルクールからモダンクールへ (From Traditional to Modern Cool)
Hui Fan received the 2nd place at the intermediate level of the Speech Contest. The title was 扉 (The Door)
Eric Fishbach was one of the six final contestants at the advanced level of the Speech Contest.

Consul General, Akira Muto with Hui Fan (left) and Yilun Chen (right)

4/8 Tue. Sebastian Dobson will give a lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a “Singular Man” from Cape Cod who embarked on an arduous journey to Japan in the early 1860s, the tumultuous last years of the Tokugawa shogunate. John Wilson (1816-1868) was a trader and a photographer, whose impact on the birth of Japanese photography was enormous. Dobson will also discuss the transposition into other artistic forms that early photography inspired. This event is open to public. For the place and the time, please click on the below poster.
Sponsored by the Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with support from the Five College Lecture Fund.

4/7 Mon. Mr. Yoshikazu Kato will give a lecture on China-Japan relationship. It will take place on Monday, April 7, at 4:30, in Herter 231. Mr. Kato is a Japanese columnist who has spent many years in China. This event is open to public. For the place and the time, please click on the below poster.


Elvira Sukamtoh, 1st year, 2nd prize
Michelle Wilkinson, 1st year, 3rd prize


4/4 Fri. The first FIVE COLLEGE Korean Speech Contest! Open to public. For the place and the time, please click on the below poster.


Recent Faculty Publications:

Dr. David K. Schneider, Confucian Prophet: Political Thought In Du Fu's Poetry (752-757), Cambria Press

Dr. Stephen Miller, The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period, Cornell East Asia

Best wishes to Nina Rose-Racine,our long-serving program administrative assistant.
Nina Rose-Racine worked for Asian Languages & Literatures for 37 1/2 years. She retired in 2013. She received her B.A. in Japanese from Asian Languages & Literatures, which equals 42 years together! She's retained her UMass email account(, should you wish to send her congratulations.
We miss you, Nina!

The Third Japanese Language Contest for New England College Students (May 11, 2013)
The Japanese language contest was held at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. Ray Kim, Hyang Gi Lim and Serena Forrest participated in the Speech Contest. All three won the prize respectively.
Ray Kim won the 2nd prize at the intermediate level.
Serena Forrest won the 1st prize at the advanced level.
Hyang Gi Lim won the 3rd prize at the advanced level.
In the Essay Contest, two contestants from UMass Amherst won the prize.
Xiao Shao won the 2nd prize at the intermediate level.
Devin Recchio also won the 2nd prize at the advanced level.
Congratulations to you all!!

The Third Five College Japanese Speech Contest 2013
The contest was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at UMass Amherst. Nine contestants (Josha Espinosa, Shanru Liang, Cara Goulding, Jiayi Huang, Zachary Mansuetti, Nina Li, David Musto, Serena Forrest, Emily Porcher) from UMass participated in the contest from 1st-year to 4th-year levels.
Serena Forrest at the 4th-year level won the first prize! Congratulations!



Distinguished Teaching Award
Mako Koyama-Hartsfield received the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012.

Related Programs & Services

UMass International Programs Office