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Sep 15, 2022. Writing in the Washington Post about 30 years of anti-abortion policies in communist Romania, former Director of the Center for European & Russian Studies Gail Kligman (sociology) notes, "When women cannot control their fertility, their physical and emotional well-being suffers, often with fatal consequences. Surveilling women's reproductive lives contributes to the creation of a culture of fear that erodes not only social relationships and sexual intimacy, but also the broader society itself.
"By 1989, Ceausescu's brutal antiabortion policies had tragically elevated Romania's maternal mortality rate to the highest in Europe: 87 percent of maternal deaths were attributed to complications from illegal abortion."
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Aug 8, 2022. La Jornada interviewed UCLA Center for Mexican Studies Director Gaspar Rivera-Salgado about labor reform in Mexico and the work of the UCLA Labor Center there:
“Mexico City. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado looks from Los Angeles at the 'incredible context of change' in Mexico, particularly in the world of work, as a result of a labor reform that has shaken a sector that lived in lethargy for 70 years: ‘All the unions are as if they had suddenly been given electric shocks. Now they must have their batteries in place, because the entire legal, economic, but also political, framework is being redone.'" (In Spanish)
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Aug. 3, 2022. Stephen Acabdao, director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, attended a workshop at the PSU Caramoan campus in the Phillipines sponsored by the Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA). The program, he said to Inquirer.net, will “empower descendant communities that can provide compelling narratives for SEA cultural identities and highlight indigenous histories, which are typically absent from national historical narratives.”
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Jul 7, 2022. Speaking to CNN about an exhibit on the true history of the Ifugao rice terraces in the Philippines, Director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies Stephen Acabado observed, “Exhibits like this provide a venue to highlight the experiences of marginalized Indigenous peoples. In the Philippine case, we hope that it spurs proactive policies that empower IP groups to learn more about their history and heritage. Studies have shown that youths who are more secure about their ethnic identity are more likely to succeed later in life. It's the least that we can do to redress centuries of oppression.”