Asia News Archive
Damola Osinulu, a doctoral student in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, took his International Fieldwork Fellowship to Lagos, Nigeria, to understand why at least a million Pentecostal worshippers come together just north of the city.
Hadn't heard of Yojiro Takita's 'Departures' before it won the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards? Asia Pacific Arts, an online publication of the UCLA Asia Institute, reviewed the film last month and took stock of a great year in Japanese cinema.
Cheryl Crowley of Emory University uncovers the messages hidden in Yosa Buson's comedic haiku paintings.
In 1965-66, between 500,000 and 1 million Indonesians were slaughtered in one of the most horrific state-sponsored acts of modern times. Long denied by the Indonesian government, the little-known massacre is the subject of a chilling documentary film produced and directed by Robert Lemelson, a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Renowned Ethiopian artist Elias Sim oversaw the making of a huge, paneled tapestry assembled by an eclectic mix of impromptu "artists" gathered outside the Broad Art Center Monday, Feb. 2.
The Latin American Institute launches new Center for Brazilian Studies at the Exhibition of Rio de Janeiro: Two Centuries of Urban Change 1808-2008 on February 5, 2009.
The Southern California portion of the tour was coordinated by the UCLA Confucius Institute and Star Education, a nonprofit organization.
The UCLA International Institute Human Rights Film Series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a public screening of "Killer's Paradise" and discussion with director Giselle Portenier. The documentary film shines a light on the murders of more than 2,000 Guatemalan women in recent years and on responses by police and officials that often only compound the crimes.
Going by the title of a witty and insightful book by Vinay Lal, associate professor of history, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Surgeon General-designate Sanjay Gupta are among "The Other Indians," distinct in many ways not just from native Americans but also from India's 1 billion people. Lal's book was recently published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press and HarperCollins (India). Here, he discusses the Indian community in the U.S. and geopolitical events in South Asia.
Christoph Brumann, professor of anthropology at the University of Cologne, seeks Kyoto's heritage beyond museum walls.
The campus community got a rare glimpse Jan. 12 into the life of a Chinese literary scholar who embarked on a voyage of self-discovery and rose to take on a powerful role at the highest levels of government.
A whirlwind tour of the Senagalese captial's music scene laid the groundwork for my comparative dissertation.
Ostrich feathers for women's hats were worth nearly as much as diamonds by weight just prior to World War I, when the bubble burst. In "Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce" (Yale University Press), a book that resonates with the current financial crisis, UCLA historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein describes a European and American vogue for African feathers from the 1880s and recounts sad tales of a global market crash that struck particularly hard at Jewish merchants.
As chair of UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design, internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe has launched educational initiatives including a Laboratory for Cross-Cultural Studies.
At a lecture cosponsored by the Burkle Center and student groups, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Goli Ameri introduces ExchangesConnect, a social networking website intended to bring a "new generation of digital natives" into conversation around the globe. Her bureau will also fund Indonesian dance performances on campus in spring.
Art History experts gather at UCLA to offer new interpretations of Buddhist art.
From Feb. 22, the concurrent exhibitions 'Continental Rifts' and 'Transformations' will include video and film, photography, painting, sculpture and prints.
Photographer Nik Wheeler, a Vietnam War photographer, photojournalist and now a freelance photographer, took the iconic National Geographic images of the Marsh Arabs, or Mad'an.
Two European-based anthropologists say that Afghans may be more inclined than some others to speak with enemies and to entertain views opposed to their own.
The late Roxanna Brown, who earned a UCLA doctorate in art history near the end of a creative scholarly career, found sweeping historical narratives in recovered Southeast Asian ceramics. Some of her unpublished works will be pieced together, but her vision can't be replaced, say three speakers at a UCLA symposium.
At the first "Asia in LA" program, architects, urban designers, and faculty members discuss the relationships between cosmopolitanism in a global city and particular locales.
Michael Molasky of the University of Minnesota discusses the surprising communities fostered by jazz coffeeshops in 20th-century Japan.
Organizers offered practical ways for the nearly 200 teachers to move beyond stereotypes about African disease, poverty, and chaos on the one hand, and safari animals and exotic customs on the other.
Over the coming three years, the UCLA Asia Institute will continue to promote study of Central Asia, with the help of outside faculty and new funding from the International Institute. Last month on campus, international scholars engaged in a day-long discussion on the region's history, arts, and cultures.
Willeke Wendrich, a renowned UCLA Egyptologist, and her co-director Ren Cappers of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, lead the 36-person field school. They arranged nine pairs of American-Egyptian student teams to work together.
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