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Unrest in Thailand Doesn't Faze Study Abroad Students

Last spring, 16 UC students studied at Thammasat University, in contrast to the 26 currently in Bangkok. Thirty-five are expected for the summer session that begins in June, The Daily Bruin student newspaper reports.

Four UCLA Students Honored With Humanitarian Award for Volunteer Efforts

Benjamin Moore, a member of Bruins for Burma, spent his spring break preparing for the opening of a high school at a refugee camp for Burma's ethnic Karen minority.

Fastest Way to Asia's Heart

About 150 people stopped at the alumni center for a day of tastings, demonstrations and discussions about Asian cuisines and cultures in Los Angeles.

Cambodian Students Begin Learning about Khmer Rouge Atrocities

Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, describes the challenges of teaching young people about the country's holocaust. Over the last two weeks of April, he met with students and faculty at UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego.

Panelists Share Experiences from the Vietnam War

In commemoration of what is now known as Black April in the Southeast Asian community, the Vietnamese Student Union held a series of events last week highlighted by a commemoration event Thursday.

Research Center Will Be at Epicenter of Marine Biodiversity

UCLA is developing a biodiversity research center in Bali, Indonesia, that will support research and educational collaboration between UCLA and three universities in Indonesia: Udayana University, Diponegoro University and the State University of Papua, as well as the Smithsonian Institution.

Festival of Books Preview: Geoffrey Robinson on East Timor

On Saturday, April 24, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Geoffrey Robinson will participate in a discussion of "History: Rising Above Oppression." Robinson is the author of "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor" (Princeton University Press, 2010). The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.

Promise or Peril? The China-ASEAN Trade Relationship

Podcast by Dr. Walden Bello, Member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines

Legacies of Constitutional Engineering in Thailand

Allen Hicken of the University of Michigan traces some of today's political unrest and polarization in Thailand to the effects, intended and otherwise, of political reforms.

Project Aims to Improve Economy of Thai Village

Years after Indian Ocean tsunami, students hope to help by marketing community's handicrafts, reports The Daily Bruin student newspaper.

Polarization and the De-Thaksification of Thai Politics

Podcast of a colloquium with Prof. Allen Hicken, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

Thai Government Gift Backs Language Courses Through Tough Times

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.

Shaping Islam to France (and Vice-Versa)

A public lecture by John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis.

Global Studies Thesis Award Goes to Student with Ethos of Service

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.

Somaly Mam: 'We Have to Save Them'

Cambodian activist and author Somaly Mam has rescued more than 6,000 girls in Southeast Asia from sexual slavery and helped many to rebuild their lives. She spoke last month at UCLA's law school on how to go beyond mere talk in the fight against predators and organized criminals. Watch a video about the event.

Somaly Mam: We Have to Save Them

Cambodian activist and author Somaly Mam has rescued more than 6,000 girls in Southeast Asia from sexual slavery and helped many to rebuild their lives. She spoke last month at UCLA's law school on how to go beyond mere talk in the fight against predators and organized criminals.

Human Rights Advocate Somaly Mam Speaks on Campus

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.

Through Food, Teachers Take Lessons in World Cultures at UCLA

Celebrating 30 years of teacher training programs on campus, the UCLA International Institute this summer dedicated a 10-day workshop to the theme of food in world history and world cultures. Watch a video about the program.

Former Buddhist Nun Helps Stressed-Out Find Inner Peace

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.

Intermediate Khmer and Advanced Filipino Language Courses Coming to UCLA Fall 2009

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.

Local Teachers to Eat Up International Studies at UCLA

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.

Brent Luvaas: studying youth culture in Indonesia

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."

Human Trafficking Escalates as World Economy Plunges

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.

AIDS Researcher Detels Wins Teaching Award

Roger Detels, a professor of epidemiology, is recognized for Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level.

Students Granted Pilipino Studies

Group lobbies successfully for new concentration within existing department, reports The Daily Bruin.

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