Asia News Archive
In his Faculty Research Lecture on March 10, Gregory Schopen hopes to illuminate a little-known aspect of Buddhism: the fact that it was one of the earliest social organizations in India to develop what might be called a corporation.
Donald S. Lopez Jr. of the University of Michigan seeks to explain why some Buddhists and some scientists have been so eager, for a century and a half, to assert the compatibility of two very different ways of seeking knowledge.
Damola Osinulu, a doctoral student in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, took his International Fieldwork Fellowship to Lagos, Nigeria, to understand why at least a million Pentecostal worshippers come together just north of the city.
Haris Silajdzic, one of the ethnically divided nation's top leaders, said that 13 years after war the most important provisions of the U.S.-brokered Dayton Accords that brought peace to the region still have not been implemented.
In a public talk Louis Mazel, director of the U.S. Department of State Office of African Regional and Security Affairs, discusses current and potential security issues across the continent, including the uncertain future of South Sudan.
In 1965-66, between 500,000 and 1 million Indonesians were slaughtered in one of the most horrific state-sponsored acts of modern times. Long denied by the Indonesian government, the little-known massacre is the subject of a chilling documentary film produced and directed by Robert Lemelson, a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
At a free public lecture on Saturday in Santa Monica, Burkle Center Deputy Director Anna Spain, a lawyer and mediator specializing in cross-cultural conflict resolution, will discuss how citizens can contribute to the spread of peace around the world.
The UCLA International Institute Human Rights Film Series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a public screening of "Killer's Paradise" and discussion with director Giselle Portenier. The documentary film shines a light on the murders of more than 2,000 Guatemalan women in recent years and on responses by police and officials that often only compound the crimes.
Miners' success in improving working conditions at a Chinese-owned copper mine in Zambia tells one story about Chinese economic influence on the continent. But it's too early to say what the country's investments in Africa add up to, says UCLA sociologist Ching Kwan Lee.
Israel's recent assault on Gaza by land, sea and air against the backdrop of its control over the territory was a disturbing violation of Palestinians' human rights, speakers at the symposium said.
Going by the title of a witty and insightful book by Vinay Lal, associate professor of history, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Surgeon General-designate Sanjay Gupta are among "The Other Indians," distinct in many ways not just from native Americans but also from India's 1 billion people. Lal's book was recently published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press and HarperCollins (India). Here, he discusses the Indian community in the U.S. and geopolitical events in South Asia.
Christoph Brumann, professor of anthropology at the University of Cologne, seeks Kyoto's heritage beyond museum walls.
The campus community got a rare glimpse Jan. 12 into the life of a Chinese literary scholar who embarked on a voyage of self-discovery and rose to take on a powerful role at the highest levels of government.
Ostrich feathers for women's hats were worth nearly as much as diamonds by weight just prior to World War I, when the bubble burst. In "Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce" (Yale University Press), a book that resonates with the current financial crisis, UCLA historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein describes a European and American vogue for African feathers from the 1880s and recounts sad tales of a global market crash that struck particularly hard at Jewish merchants.
Art History experts gather at UCLA to offer new interpretations of Buddhist art.
Valenzuela and family members raise money and collect items such as toys and backpacks for girls in a home in Sonora, Mexico.
Photographer Nik Wheeler, a Vietnam War photographer, photojournalist and now a freelance photographer, took the iconic National Geographic images of the Marsh Arabs, or Mad'an.
The incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama promises to pave the way for transatlantic collaboration to address global challenges, European ambassadors say.
Two European-based anthropologists say that Afghans may be more inclined than some others to speak with enemies and to entertain views opposed to their own.
The late Roxanna Brown, who earned a UCLA doctorate in art history near the end of a creative scholarly career, found sweeping historical narratives in recovered Southeast Asian ceramics. Some of her unpublished works will be pieced together, but her vision can't be replaced, say three speakers at a UCLA symposium.
A son of poverty, former Peruvian president, and founder of the Global Center for Development and Democracy, Alejandro Toledo on Dec. 2 spoke of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion as evils in themselves, and warned of the consequences of failing to reduce all three.
The duo, Noam Yifrach and Younis Al-Khatib, are the heads, respectively, of the Maghen David Adom (MDA) and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), the Israeli and Palestinian equivalents of the Red Cross.
Michael Molasky of the University of Minnesota discusses the surprising communities fostered by jazz coffeeshops in 20th-century Japan.
A spokesperson for the UN Mission in the Sudan and an appeals prosecutor who works to bring justice after the Rwandan genocide explain some of the impacts of international legal proceedings.
In a talk cosponsored by the UCLA Israel Studies Program, Shalev said she hopes her ambassadorship will alter both the role of Israel in the U.N. as well as the way the U.N. is perceived within Israel.
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