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Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Chair of Asian Languages & Literature
Phone: 507 222 5955

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:10-4:10 pm

Sophia University B. A., Tsukuba University M. Ed., Monash University M. A., University of Chicago, PhD; modern and contemporary Japanese literature, cinema, manga, and language, especially autobiographies and works by minorities in Japan.


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Shaohua Guo Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Phone: 507 222 5957

Office Hours: Mondays and Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm; via zoom with this link

Beijing Normal University, (Beijing, Peoples Republic of China), B.A., M.A.; The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D; cultural studies of new media, Chinese literature, film and culture.

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Miaki Habuka Profile
Instructor in Japanese
Phone: 507 222 4019

Drop in Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm and Fridays 11:00-11:50 am; By Appointment Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm

Miyagi Gakuin Women’s College, B.A.; University of Northern Iowa, M.A.; University of St. Thomas, M.A. Basic concepts of Japanese Language Teaching, Content based instructions, Reading Strategies, Integrating Technology into Teaching Japanese, & Designing Business Japanese Curriculums taken from University of Colorado. Growing interest in incorporating technology into teaching/learning languages and the flipped classroom.

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Mark Hansell Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Spring 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2020
Phone: 507 222 5425

Office Hours: Off Campus S2020

McGill University B.A.; University of California, Berkeley M.A. Ph.D.; Chinese language and linguistics, especially language contact, lexical borrowing; writing systems; Southeast Asian historical linguistics.

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Mariko Kaga Profile
Class of 1952 Professor of Asian Languages
Off Campus: Fall 2020
Phone: 507 222 4006

Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00 pm, Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm

Kobe Kaisei Women’s College, B.A.; University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), M.A., Ph.D.; Japanese language and language pedagogy, especially measures of proficiency. Professor Kaga has also co-authored a computer program, Exercises in Japanese Counters and Kana. She is developing a digitized computer program for listening and reading practice.

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Lei Yang Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Spring 2021, Winter 2021
Phone: 507 222 5448

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:45-11:45 am; or by appointment; drop-in hour: Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm

Emeriti Faculty

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Kathryn Sparling Profile
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Japanese, Emerita
Phone: 507 222 5437

Stanford, B.A.; Ochanomizu University, M.A.; Harvard, Ph.D.; Japanese language and literature, especially modern fiction, with particular emphasis on Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Shimao Toshio, and fiction by contemporary Japanese women. Growing interest in English language fiction by Indian women.


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Yumi Aoki
Japanese Language Associate
Phone: 507 222 5268

Office Hours: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm, and Sundays 5:00-7:00 pm

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Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages
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Bella Tien
Chinese Language Associate
Phone: 507 222 5891

Office Hours:  Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-9:30 pm