Asia News Archive
As a child, cellist Antonio Lysy, a music professor at UCLA, visited Argentina's Pampas grasslands with his father, a renowned violinist. Steeped in its music, Lysy this year performed a concert of music from Argentina, including a song that recently won a Latin Grammy Award.
Growing up in a predominantly white L.A. suburb, Robert Chao Romero, an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, hid his Chinese background. But one day his interest in his heritage was awakened and led him to study the tragic history of Chinese immigrants in Mexico.
The UCLA Graduate Student Quarterly profiled Merav Shohet, a former graduate student in anthropology and recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Shohet is currently an assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Geography Professor Judith Carney and a co-author demonstrate, in "In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World," not only the legacy of farming that the slaves brought with them from Africa, but also the importance of the botanical gardens that they kept in America, as well as the impact that they had on the developing American food culture.
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
Difficult geography, limited communication and a collapsed music industry mean that many Russian bands and artists are limited to their local scene. But Professor David MacFadyen's website, "Far From Moscow," has given them a way to escape their isolation.
On her International Institute dissertation fieldwork grant, ethnomusicology graduate student Chloe Coventry traveled to Bangalore, in the south Indian state of Karnataka, to study the city's local rock music.
The London-based literary magazine Granta has dedicated an issue to the writing and art of Pakistan. At a recent campus event, Granta editor John Freeman and CISA faculty members agree that this is no isolated event.
As of Oct. 26, five television monitors on the A-Level of Ackerman Union are tuned to viewpoints from Europe, Asia and the developing world.
For a few hours each day until Nov. 7, the lamas will follow ancient instructions to transform millions of grains of colorful sand into a four-foot-square Tibetan sand mandala on a table in the Hammer's glass-fronted lobby.
This month, a Fowler museum curator is arranging a new kind of exhibit: specially ordered tasting menus at Southeast Asian island-specific restaurants. In November, the Fowler offers a Korean cooking class following a museum exhibition tour.
A conference and an exhibition about the iconic L.A. structure, which an Italian immigrant labored on for more than 30 years, follow up on a 2009 gathering in Genoa, Italy, cosponsored by the UCLA International Institute.
Three survivors of state torture – an Argentine architect and activist, a Chilean artist, and an Iranian journalist and author – tell their stories on campus this month. In an installation on display Oct. 25-27 in Broad Art Center, Victor Videla Godoy will recreate his prison cell, this time lined with his remarkable, rediscovered correspondence with his mother.
The UCLA Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health and James S. Coleman African Studies Center organize a two day-gathering to assess how family planning policy and anti-HIV/AIDS efforts would look different with greater attention to African boys, men and masculinities.
More than 50 years after they graduated, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr-Adams has interviewed six of her American University of Beirut classmates to discover the lives they have built in the Middle East.
The Department of Ethnomusicology in the Herb Alpert School of Music now produces more ethnomusicology graduates than any program of its kind and houses an important collection of international musical instruments.
Miriam Robbins Dexter, a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies and expert on ancient heroines and goddesses, and a co-author have completed a cross-cultural study of stories and artifacts in which women lift their skirts and expose their genitals, a performance that drives away enemies and returns joy and fertility to the land.
In a panel discussion with UCLA faculty members, Tim Sebastian, founder of "The Doha Debates," says that Arab governments will lose control over what is said and written in their countries within a generation.
Rebeca Méndez, a professor in the Department of Design|Media Arts, films and photographs nature from the Sahara Desert in Africa to the glaciers of Iceland. Next month, she will go on the adventure of a lifetime to the Arctic north.
About 835 new international freshmen and transfer students enrolled at UCLA this academic year, compared with 570 last year. Nearly 1,000 new international graduate students also will be attending the university this year.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
The UCLA Language Materials Project, a database for teachers of less-studied languages, has won $500,000 from the Education Department to add digital instructional materials to its archive. But what an archive. With high-quality images of ephemera and hard-to-find foreign stuff, the website is part resource guide and part travel scrapbook for the global village.
The interim vice provost of international studies, Johnson says that he and the International Institute won't "sit still" in 2010-11. His job for the year includes travel to build relationships with institutions abroad and collaboration with units across campus on internationalizing higher education.
UCLA novelist and economist Sebastián Edwards on Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and the false promise of Populism.
Red-brick warehouse facades, cinderblock walls lining thoroughfares, wooden barriers at construction sites, and fences surrounding vacant lots become prominent sites for open-air, and largely unofficial, artistic expression in Larry Yust's "photographic elevations."
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