Asia News Archive
The idea that it's human nature for parents to make sacrifices for their children and, in turn, for grown children to sacrifice for their aging parents--turns out to be a "naive expectation," the UCLA geographer and bestselling author Jared Diamond said in a recent lecture.
Shoji Yamada, professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, takes a closer look at Japan, Zen and the West.
Since 1970 "Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies" has given marginalized voices on Africa, the African diaspora and related social issues a space to address general readers and scholars alike. Formerly in print, the peer-reviewed journal has two new issues available online and free of charge.
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.
"Those Who Remain" tells the story of Mexican families who have at least one member working in the United States. On Nov. 18, the UCLA Latin America Institute will be screening the film on campus with co-director Carlos Hagerman present, reports The Daily Bruin.
Ghislaine Lydon, the new chair of the African Studies interdepartmental program, will travel to Mauritania in December to collaborate on an article and a documentary film about the last women caravanners in the western Sahara Desert.
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.
Current installation at the Fowler Museum highlights fresh flavors of an ancient brew, reports The Daily Bruin.
Gilberto Gutierrez, a Son Jarocho singer-poet and master of the stringed jarana, explained how this once-popular music of southern Veracruz has not only come back, but begun to spread.
Yu In-Chon, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism, met Tuesday with UCLA Korean studies faculty members and Nicholas Entrikin, the vice provost for international studies. Yu, a well-known former actor, heard from CKS Director John Duncan and Professors Burglind Jungmann, Sung Deuk Oak, Lisa Kim Davis and Dong-suk Kim about their current research and thanked them for building an excellent Korean studies program at UCLA.
In his 2009 book, "Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire," Professor Green follows the development of a "barracks Islam" that was practiced by Indian soldiers and their faqir holy men in 19th- and early 20th-century Hyderabad, a princely state then under de facto British rule.
Fudan Scholarly Translation Workshop in Shanghai was sponsored by the UCLA Confucius Institute and was designed to teach the general principles of translation and to help students with their graduate research.
This year's International Institute summer training program for teachers, a 10-day workshop, traced the evolution of regional and cross-regional food cultures from antiquity to the present day in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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.
More than 400 students took advantage of L.A.'s linguistic diversity this summer by signing up for Language Intensives in L.A., organized by the Center for World Languages and Summer Sessions.
In innovative summer courses on campus, speakers of less commonly taught languages such as Hindi, Persian and Russian learn advanced skills and keep their heritages alive.
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.
UCLA alumna Anna Chi became a filmmaker after an initial love of literature and writing was curtailed by an order from China's Communist Party for her to work as a film editor and after friends coaxed her to move to the United States, a country she was taught as China's enemy.
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."
For 30 years Lothar von Falkenhausen has observed changes in China over two very different time scales, one of them measured in millennia.
'HAPI: the Database of Latin American Journal Articles' has increased its subscriber base in that region by giving its online library product away in some countries and charging less for it in others. HAPI had flexibility to make the change, which shortens paths to knowledge for scholars, because of its good financial health.
This spring, two centers under the UCLA International Institute went live with standalone, online courses on Azeri and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic and with a custom application that allows instructors to share web-based lessons. Meanwhile, the New Language Classroom has added videos for instructors, and the Language Materials Project launched a portal for K-12 schoolteachers on "less commonly taught" languages.
'Steeped in History: The Art of Tea' runs from Aug. 16 through Nov. 19. In conjunction with the exhibition, the UCLA Asia Institute this fall will sponsor a series of lectures and a professional development program for K-12 teachers.
A conference last month on Folklore and the Politics of Belief in the Caribbean invited scholars to explore the transmission of African culture in the region and the way this hybrid culture was viewed by observers and researchers from abroad. The event was sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute and the Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History.
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