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This is the second program in the six-part UCLA Library International & Area Studies (IAS) Department Diasporas: Transnational Migrations, Spaces, and Identities series.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Registration Required

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The UCLA Library’s International & Area Studies (IAS) Department presents Diasporas: Transnational Migrations, Spaces, and Identities. This six-part program series explores the various reasons for migration, the experiences of migrants and their descendants, the creation of communities in their new homelands, the negotiation of identities and belonging, and the preservation and transformation of traditions. For details, refer to the series guide.

Millions of immigrants and their families call Los Angeles home. This program delves into the experiences of some of these local communities, including how they carve out, transform, and influence spaces in this massive city.


  • Sophia Armen, Community organizer; Co-Director of Armenian-American Action Network; and PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
  • Phung Huynh, Artist and Professor of Art, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Edina Leković, Community Scholar in Residence, Islamic Studies Program, UCLA (Tovaangar) and Executive Director of the Robert Ellis Simon Foundation
  • Rocio Rosales, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

Moderator: Abel Valenzuela, Interim Dean, Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Labor Studies, Urban Planning and Chicana/o and Central American Studies, UCLA (Tovaangar)

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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Study of International Migration, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Campus Resource Center, UCLA Library; Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law