Asia News Archive
In less than 400 years, capitalism has generated unprecedented wealth and new forms of power, altered prevailing wisdom about human nature, and spread itself far beyond its improbable original setting, a process that the eminent historian Joyce Appleby describes in "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" (Norton, 2010). Running all the way to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the history pauses on the lives of industrialists, adventurers and pamphleteers.
In an evening at Jan Popper Theater, Consul General Jose Alfredo Graca Lima says that Brazil is facing its biggest problem, one of the world's most unequal distributions of wealth; and a rising Brazilian star, Alexandre Dietrich, plays selections of the country's classical piano music.
The three-time Mexican presidential contender and key figure in the country's democratic transformation sought to apply revolutionary ideals of equality and shared progress to 21st-century issues such as domestic political participation and international trade.
Nineteen students in an International Development Studies seminar enlisted UC faculty and staff for a forum and fundraiser on March 5.
A multidisciplinary group of Korean studies experts engaged a UCLA audience in discussion of contemporary issues facing the peninsula, at a symposium sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles.
As filmmaking in Brazil experienced a renewal beginning in the mid-1990s, it was also becoming entangled with the domestic television industry, with implications for art as well as business.
UCLA's African Studies Center is developing a plan with Addis Ababa University to assist with new PhD programs in business and economics that are needed for Ethiopia's expanding university systems. The proposed partnership, involving the UCLA Anderson School, would elevate socio-cultural issues within business curricula at UCLA and AAU alike.
To write a sweeping new study of China's ramped-up engagement with African governments, "The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa," Deborah Brautigam of American University had to set aside most of what Chinese and Western media said on the subject.
Years after Indian Ocean tsunami, students hope to help by marketing community's handicrafts, reports The Daily Bruin student newspaper.
"Afghanistan in Ink: Literatures of Nation, War, and Exile" focused on works written or recorded in the tumult of the past three decades. Audio podcasts of conference presentations are now available.
Port-au-Prince is devastated by a disaster aggravated by weak infrastructure. UCLA students and faculty members familiar with the country put the tragedy in context in this Daily Bruin article.
Dosoung Choi of the Bank of Korea delivers the inaugural lecture in a series jointly sponsored by the UCLA Center for Korean Studies and Seoul National University. The lectures will look at global issues from Korean vantage points.
Professors and students hope to create portable device that could test for contaminants immediately, reports The Daily Bruin.
Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, the ambassador from Venezuela, says that the political crisis in Honduras and the U.S. military presence in Colombia will be pivotal issues in U.S. relations in Latin America.
Ghislaine Lydon, the new chair of the African Studies interdepartmental program, will travel to Mauritania in December to collaborate on an article and a documentary film about the last women caravanners in the western Sahara Desert.
Shaukat Aziz, who served Pakistan for eight years as finance minister and prime minister, argues in a talk at UCLA that global and regional powers will need to meet with all Afghan factions, the Taliban included, and offer a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan in order to put the country on the right track.
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.
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.
The top representatives from Japan and the Republic of Korea in Southern California visited campus on Monday for a discussion sponsored by the Graduate Student International Affairs Association at UCLA and cosponsored by the Asia Institute and the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
Psychology Professor Patricia Greenfield has elaborated a new theory that explains rapidly changing values in terms of adaptations to different types of environments. She posits a long-term, world-wide trend.
UCLA archaeologist Charles Stanish argues in the latest issue of Archaeology that the antiquities market created by the online auction house eBay has reduced incentives for looting.
The gathering of international experts extends efforts of collaboration and exchange by the UCLA Latin American Institute.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan founder of the global Green Belt Movement, told a Burkle Center audience that Africans "are literally slaves" to Western nations that profit from excessive interest payments on aid. Event coverage and video are available from Zocalo Public Square.
For the last half-century the United States has undermined itself in Africa by failing to distinguish itself from Europe and the colonial legacy, says Haskell Sears Ward, one of the first to graduate from UCLA with an interdisciplinary master's degree in African studies.
The Graduate Quarterly profiles anthropology graduate student and Fulbright fellow Brent Luvaas.
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