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Celebrate Asia!

Author: Cindy Zyniewicz

Read the November 10, 2014 edition of The Observer featuring the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures' annual Celebrate Asia! This is the department’s signature cultural event of the year with participation by all EALC languages programs represented. Read More

Dr. Lionel Jensen on Pope Frances' visit to South Korea

Author: cynthia Zyniewicz

Dr. Lionel Jensen on Pope Frances Visit Interview

Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Lionel Jensen comments on the religious, cultural, and political significance of Pope Frances’ recent visit to South Korea.  Professor Jensen said in an email to The New York Times that there was great significance to the timing of the Pope’s visit.  Read More

ND Football Star Tackles Chinese Language


Max Redfield, a sophomore majoring in international economics at the University of Notre Dame, was recently profiled in Sports Illustrated. In the interview, the lethal starting safety of the national’s number 5 football team, Redfield explains the practicality of taking Chinese. The dividends will come later in his career; the demanding journey of learning Chinese at Notre Dame is now, however. Read the complete article on SI’s website at Max Redfield Interview Read More

Spotlight: Shannon Kraemer


Shannon Kraemer in Guatemala

Upon meeting Shannon Kraemer, the CSLC’s outstanding foreign language student for October 2014, I was immediately struck by her infectious and unique spirit. A junior double majoring in Economics and Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and minoring in Korean, Kraemer has a gusto for Korean studies and this is evident to the Department of Korean’s Dr. Yeonhee Yoon, who nominated Kraemer for the Spotlight. Read More

2014-2015 Language Tables include Japanese and Korean

Author: Denise Ayo

These “roundtable” discussions are an opportunity for individual language programs to regularly bring their students (and invited guests) together within a more comfortable social context in order to practice oral language proficiency and build community through conversation, culturally meaningful activities and good humor. Although each language program develops its own language table cultures, most groups feature faculty and graduate students as conversation leaders and incorporate conversation themes and semi-structured activities alongside refreshments. Read More

Fulbright Foreign Language Teachers Introduced to American Culture at Notre Dame



The University of Notre Dame is hosting its ninth Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) orientation for the upcoming academic year. Sixty teachers from 28 countries, representing 15 languages, are staying on campus Aug. 9-13 (Saturday-Wednesday) and will attend a series of workshops designed to enhance their teaching in the United States. Read More

Relationships with Chinese University Leaders Foster International Dialogue

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Notre Dame seal

What does a private American Catholic university have in common with government-run Chinese universities? Plenty, if the recent activities of Notre Dame International (NDI) are any indication. From June 22-25, NDI hosted a delegation of 20 Chinese university presidents, which was sponsored by China’s National Academy of Education Administration. This delegation represented universities from China’s interior region—an area the Chinese government has targeted for economic development—and made Notre Dame a three-day stop on its itinerary of three American universities. Read More

Lecture Series of “Chinese Language and Culture”

Author: Denise Ayo

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is proud to present a series of lectures “Chinese Language and Culture” this spring. The first lecturer is Dr. Yafei Li, a professor of the Department of Linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will give a lecture entitled “Why does Every Part of Speech Behave Differently between Chinese and English” and explain how to reduce all these differences to a single variation between the two languages. Professor Li obtained his Ph.D. degree from M.I.T. in linguistics, and has devoted himself in this area for more than 20 years. The lecture will take place in 126 DeBartolo Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm, Friday, March 28th Read More