Asia News Archive
Award-Winning Israeli Journalist Based in Territories Reflects on Family History, Denounces Gaza Attack
Shortly after accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women's Media Foundation, Amira Hass delivers two talks on campus sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies. "Diary of Bergen-Belsen: 1944-1945," Hass's mother's account of surviving the Nazi concentration camp, has been republished in English.
Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, tells the harrowing story of her time as a political prisoner in Iran to a packed room of scholars and well-wishers on campus. She was a guest of the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle East Development.
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.
Professors and students hope to create portable device that could test for contaminants immediately, reports The Daily Bruin.
Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, the ambassador from Venezuela, says that the political crisis in Honduras and the U.S. military presence in Colombia will be pivotal issues in U.S. relations in Latin America.
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.
Shaukat Aziz, who served Pakistan for eight years as finance minister and prime minister, argues in a talk at UCLA that global and regional powers will need to meet with all Afghan factions, the Taliban included, and offer a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan in order to put the country on the right track.
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.
In an article for Maingate, the American University of Beirut's quarterly magazine, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr tells the story of her Iraqi-born classmate Samya, who fled Iraq for Sweden in 2006.
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.
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.
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.
Call for Proposals for scholars who wish to use the Gordon W. Prange Collection at UCLA
Already an expert on how global warming and drought affect ecosystems, Geography Professor Glen MacDonald is now delving more deeply into how these forces will affect people, and what local and regional leaders can do.
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 professor Kara Cooney illustrates the parallels between six traditions across 12 cultures and 10 countries in a six-part Discovery Channel series airing this summer.
For 30 years Lothar von Falkenhausen has observed changes in China over two very different time scales, one of them measured in millennia.
'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.
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.
Chaohua Wang will participate in the June 11 Ph.D. hooding ceremony for UCLA's Graduate Division, after completing graduate studies that were unexpectedly interrupted by the uprising that held China's, and the world's, attention for a month and a half.
Herman Ooms, a professor of premodern Japanese history at UCLA, explains how the Tenmu dynasty manipulated religious symbols to reinforce concepts of supreme authority.
In his contribution to an EU-backed project to study the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on selected countries, visiting professor Haldun Gulalp of Turkey's Yildiz Technical University observes the court preferring some models of church- and mosque-state relations to others. In "freedom of religion" cases, France and Turkey fare better than Greece and Bulgaria.
In a Spanish-language lecture on Latin America's women writers, the versatile and prolific Poniatowska explains that her vocation means something distinctive for Latin American women, and that passing centuries have brought little relief and appreciation for those who dare to make art.
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