Asian Languages & Literatures

  • ASLN Faculty

    Asian Languages and Literatures

    (L-R) Shaohua Guo, Mark Hansell, Mariko Kaga, Xuemin Xu, Lei Yang, Junya Shimada, Miaki Habuka
  • Students field trip to see Japanese anime.

    Anime Field Trip

  • Japanese author Kaori Fujino.

    Japanese author Kaori Fujino

    Japanese author Kaori Fujino, winner of the 2006 Bungakukai Prize for New Writers and the 2013 Akutagawa Prize spoke to a Carleton and St. Olaf audience.
  • JAPN 205 students learn to make onigirazu.


    JAPN 205 students learn to make onigirazu.
  • Walter Pugils celebrates the completion of his comps talk with friends.

    Walter Pugil Japanese Comps Talk

    Walter Pugil celebrates the completion of his comps talk which was attended by many friends and faculty.
  • Students gather for fall moon viewing and to eat moon cakes.

    Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Carleton's strong Department of Asian Languages and Literatures supports its broad based Asian Studies Program. Our Chinese and Japanese programs offer not only elementary, intermediate and advanced language courses, but also a variety of content courses in literature, linguistics, and culture taught in English. In both Chinese and Japanese there are three dedicated, full-time faculty members (two native speakers of the target language, the other of English).

Carleton graduates have been employed as translators and interpreters. Others have applied their Chinese and Japanese language training in such diverse areas as law, business, education, the arts, and diplomatic service, and in a wide variety of graduate and professional programs.