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Sanjay Subrahmanyam, who holds the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History and is founding director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, received a fellowship to support his research on French perceptions of Asian culture.
Political economist Elinor Ostrom is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics and the only UCLA alumna and former staff member ever to capture the vaunted award. Among other topics in this interview, she touches on research in Nepal in the 1970s.
Kozue Shimabukuro is a UCLA pediatric critical care doctor who grew up in Japan and returned to her home country to help children after the March 11 disasters. She has been working north of Tokyo, in and around Yamada. This is her latest email to her UCLA colleagues, edited for context.
Three UCLA experts with family ties to Japan are among the Bruins who have rushed to aid Japan after that country’s devastating March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
UCLA professors and campus groups are joining relief efforts, including a pediatrician who is part of a medical team trying to reach the devastated areas, a computer mapping expert who is assembling information to aid U.N. relief workers, and an earthquake engineer who will inspect damaged structures.
Professor Hitoshi Abe, who was born and raised in Sendai, and Terasaki Center staff members have prepared a list of organizations that they believe can be most effective in getting aid from overseas to the people most affected by Japan's unprecedented crisis.
UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union and Japan Student Association are collecting donations to aid victims of Japan’s catastrophic March 11 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed.
Nine UCLA students studying in the Tokyo area with UC’s Education Abroad Program have been located and are safe, while an estimated 20 graduate students affiliated with the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies were far from the worst damage.
Possibly the best-dressed scholarly meeting of the season, "Textiles as Treasures" looked at the place of fabrics in the lives and the industry of nomadic and urban Central Asian cultures over centuries. The March 5 conference was organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia; a day-long program on the music of the region is planned for April 1.
Sim Sangjeung, a prominent labor organizer who spent years on the run as South Korea made its democratic transition, addressed an audience of about 55 in UCLA's Moore Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23, saying that her country's labor movement would have to change dramatically to avoid becoming irrelevant.
Dr. Lobsang Rapgay helped organize a symposium exploring Buddhism and neuroscience, in many ways fulfilling the journey that the UCLA expert in Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and medicine began half a century ago.
Kantathi Suphamongkhon, senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations and visiting professor of law and diplomacy at UCLA, served as Thailand’s equivalent to U.S. secretary of state from March 11, 2005 to Sept. 19, 2006. He was the 39th minister of foreign affairs for Thailand until a military coup d’état forced him out of office. The Thai national, who graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in political science in 1976, has taught here since 2007.
Since the teacher education program on Korea got its start in 2004, the UCLA Center for Korean Studies has supported KAFE's model of community engagement, sending renowned faculty members to lead training sessions and helping with programming. By way of a week-long, annual summer institute and other programs, CKS has reached out to roughly 2,000 school administrators and teachers from around the United States in recent years.
Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, Jakarta's top envoy to the United States, met with UCLA officials last week on campus and at the Indonesian Consulate to discuss educational collaboration and exchange between the two countries.
Growing up in a predominantly white L.A. suburb, Robert Chao Romero, an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, hid his Chinese background. But one day his interest in his heritage was awakened and led him to study the tragic history of Chinese immigrants in Mexico.
Michael D. Intriligator is a professor of economics, political science and public policy at UCLA. Nake M. Kamrany is a senior lecturer of economics and director of the Program in Law and Economics, Department of Economics, at the University of Southern California. This piece, which originally ran in the Huffington Post on Nov. 23, is a synopsis of the authors' presentation to the Global Security Seminar at UCLA.
The UCLA Graduate Student Quarterly profiled Merav Shohet, a former graduate student in anthropology and recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Shohet is currently an assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
Call for papers
On her International Institute dissertation fieldwork grant, ethnomusicology graduate student Chloe Coventry traveled to Bangalore, in the south Indian state of Karnataka, to study the city's local rock music.
The London-based literary magazine Granta has dedicated an issue to the writing and art of Pakistan. At a recent campus event, Granta editor John Freeman and CISA faculty members agree that this is no isolated event.
Call for papers: Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, Cambridge, MA, February 25-27, 2011
Call For Abstracts: Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference
UCLA undergraduate admissions officers will be in Tokyo on Nov. 4 as part of a student recruitment tour in Asia that also includes stops in Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore. The session will help explain the UCLA admissions process to prospective students and their parents.
For a few hours each day until Nov. 7, the lamas will follow ancient instructions to transform millions of grains of colorful sand into a four-foot-square Tibetan sand mandala on a table in the Hammer's glass-fronted lobby.
UCLA undergraduate admissions officers will be in Osaka, Japan, on Nov. 1 and 2 as part of a student recruitment tour in Asia that also includes stops in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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