Asia News Archive
Because of the generous gift, UCLA remains the only campus in California offering Thai language instruction at all levels. On Nov. 23, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the International Institute hosted a luncheon in honor of Consul General Damrong Kraikruan.
Elya Filler's Global Studies thesis on the East Asian sex industry and its historical background won that interdepartmental program's top honor for 2008-09. Now she is volunteering at a school in Cambodia and thinking about how best to continue her education while helping to battle poverty.
Somaly Mam, founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation goes into detail about her personal experiences as a survivor of forced prostitution for Daily Bruin Radio. Somaly urges students to visit her website somaly.org in order to read testimonials, look at pictures and learn how to save lives.
Diana Winston rarely talks about the spiritual evolution that brought her here, to a large university where researchers are discovering that the practice of mindfulness meditation has many physical and psychological benefits, including slowing the progression of HIV in patients suffering from stress and helping ADHD teens focus.
The Southeast Asian language courses will be teleconferenced to UCLA from U.C. Berkeley as part of a foreign language initiative and distance-learning partnership.
Rice, chicken, tea. Sounds like a meal, but in a summer class about international food, these staples are a jumping-off point for understanding rice's role in globalization, how rumors about chicken quality represent distrust of the global market and how a British obsession with Chinese tea led to slave raids in the Philippines.
When Brent Luvaas spent 1996-97 in Indonesia as an exchange student from UC Santa Cruz, Yogyakarta had only "one coffee shop inside this exclusive little mall, and the only people who went there were rich, and they were the only ones with cell phones."
An Indonesian woman shared her story at the conference, "Impact of the Economic Crisis: Increase in Reports of Human Trafficking in LA County and Globally," co-sponsored by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center.
Roger Detels, a professor of epidemiology, is recognized for Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level.
Group lobbies successfully for new concentration within existing department, reports The Daily Bruin.
Burkle Center Senior Fellow and 39th Foreign Minister of Thailand, Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, explains in a widely circulated op-ed how his country can "reset" its politics.
Sponsored by the new UCLA Indonesian Studies Program, a graduate student conference promotes activism and collaborative scholarship about the world's fourth-largest nation.
The Graduate Quarterly profiles anthropology graduate student and Fulbright fellow Brent Luvaas.
A doctoral student in women's studies reports on a February gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, demanding inclusion of women's perspectives in the construction of family law in both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries.
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.
"I found studying abroad such a critical, life-changing experience that it needs to be mandatory," writes UCLA Daily Bruin columnist Nam-Giao Do.
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.
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.
Faculty members at the UCLA Semel Institute are working with the Thai government to use innovative treatment models to battle the social and psychological side effects facing Thai families affected by the virus.
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.
From Thailand to Guatemala, UCLA's EWB chapter goes the distance for philanthropy.
The UCLA Daily Bruin is publishing a series of stories and photo galleries today and Thursday by Bruin staffers on location in China, made possible under a scholarship fund. The editor also announces that the newspaper will follow UCLA research about sex workers in Thailand from that country.
The $75,000 gift from Dr. Robert Lemelson, an anthropologist who also earned his doctorate at UCLA, will support graduate students, visiting scholars, and conferences.
In northern Vietnam, people living around Tam Dao National Park may gain access to park land through legal title, influence, or labor, explains UCLA-trained political scientist Cari An Coe.
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