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Speaking to NPR about the recent shooting in Monterey Park, a local community for which she has great affection, Professor of Asian American Studies Min Zhou said, "Well, whatever the motive of the killer — right? — one thing to me is for certain — that that person is definitely emboldened by the gun culture in this society and also by the violence against Asians in the recent years, especially during the pandemic... [W]hen we are walking on the street and... doing things in the community, now we are still scared." Zhou is director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center.
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"What we've heard families say more of... [is] they see their kids are more relaxed now. They're less stressed," said UCLA Professor of Education Marjorie Faulstich Oreallana, associate vice provost of the UCLA International Institute, of a diary-based study of U.S. families during the pandemic published in the Harvard Educational Review.
"[W]e also wanted to show the world that both parents and children learned a lot of life lessons... Some teenagers wrote stories and diaries [expressing] that they learned to be empathetic," said co-author Priscilla Liu. Added second co-author Sophia L. Angeles, "[W]e learned that multigenerational households are rich with resources whether that be cultural, linguistic, or human. I hope that we are able to recognize these types of households in a more positive light moving forward."
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Dec 2, 2022. Not only did Ralph Bunche help negotiate the UN Charter and win a Nobel Prize for brokering the armistice agreements that ended the 1948 Israeli-Arab War, "his career and the history of UN peacekeeping are deeply intertwined," writes Kal Raustiala in a recent Just Security article.
Raustiala, director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and UCLA professor of law, has written two recent articles based on his new book on Bunche, "The Absolutely Indispensible Man" (Oxford, 2022). While the Just Security article explores Bunche's founding and sustained involvement in UN peackekeeping, an article in The Forward (Nov. 23) explores "the crucial role played by the U.N. — and Bunche – in ushering [Israel] into existence."