Asia News Archive
Two summer courses on campus for the high school set, Persian for Persian Speakers and Russian for Russian Speakers, are about acquiring the skills to impress in languages that L.A.-area students have used since they were small children. The UCLA Center for World Languages created the courses with federal funding.
Jonathan Friedlander has spent 30 years collecting pop culture artifacts that reflect our fascination with the Middle East. Books, movies, videos, even cigarette packs are part of the tireless UCLA scholar's collection of Orientalist Americana at the Young Research Library. Now he's traveling the U.S. to photograph the majestic, Orientalist movie palaces of the 20th century before they're all torn down or turned into drugstores.
Kantathi Suphamongkhon, a UCLA graduate and former Thai foreign minister, delivered the Institute's special commencement address. Listen to the podcast.
People come to America from around the world...to lose their native languages. As part of a national, UCLA-based effort that aims to reverse language loss, Terrence Wiley of Arizona State University and his graduate students are pointing out the importance of local resources, ethnic media, and community-based language teaching.
UCLA Today Online, May 27, 2008
AIDS/SIDA symposium mixes one part science and one part art to raise awareness about HIV prevention and the treatment of the disease. View a slideshow from the event.
UCLA Today, May 20, 2008
With a film screening and a panel discussion, the UCLA Asia Institute and partners launch a Central Asia Initiative. The goal is to understand societies and cultures long on the fringes of study. Anticipating a UCLA conference in October 2008, historians on the panel ask what changed on the steppes of Central Asia as states acquired the means to move and deport whole peoples, and as nomads increasingly stayed put.
Rebecca Kim discusses why ethnic-oriented, collegiate Christian groups grow faster than multi-racial ones.
On May 7th, MAKE ART/STOP AIDS and the International Institute will host AIDS|SIDA - Global Updates, Art, and Performance, from 1 to 5pm, Kaufman Hall 200. Noel Alumit reviews the exhibition now at the Fowler Museum.
Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje is an international expert on things she once snubbed, with articles on gospel and spirituals and a new book on fiddling, "Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures."
A crackdown on protesters in Tibet last month triggered demonstrations in London and Paris amid the running of the Olympic torch, effectively turning this summer's sporting contest in Beijing into what some are calling the "Human Rights Games." Richard Baum, veteran Sinologist and professor of political science, talked to Staff Writer Ajay Singh about China's decades-old Tibet challenge.
Todd Presner, associate professor of Germanic Languages and Jewish Studies and self-described "techie-humanist," is the mind behind Hypermedia Berlin, an online geodatabase that enables visitors to virtually explore the famous German city layer by layer and era by era.
The fact that New Orleans has a very small Middle Eastern population doesn't stop carnival krewes--organizations that put on parade and balls for the carnival season--from pulling out all the stops on the road to a make-believe Mecca.
UCLA Radio - The Diplomat, March 18, 2008
How Denmark stays progressive, pro-U.S., and thoroughly multilateral, as explained by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, the country's top representative in Washington.
Multinational corporations that partner with the Burmese military and military-led government share the responsibility for human rights abuses, argue two representatives of EarthRights International at UCLA.
UCLA event on "Rogue States" features Gen. Wesley K. Clark and other foreign policy experts.
UCLA Today, March 3, 2008
In a Q&A with AsiaMedia's Debory Li, former Singapore diplomat Kishore Mahbubani discusses his latest book and the future of the Asian hemisphere.
Asia's most famous diplomat, Kishore Mahbubani, has been going around the world outlining just why the United States needs to pay attention to Asia.
Jared Diamond: The only way out is to make consumption rates and living standards more equal around the world.
The findings, which were unearthed in 2006 and are still being analyzed, also suggest possible trade links with the Red Sea, including a thoroughfare from Mesopotamia, which is known to have practiced agriculture 2,000 years before ancient Egypt.
The next round of applications for UCLA International Institute faculty grants, for globally oriented outreach and research, is due on March 3, 2008.
The International Institute is gathering information on collaborative research and exchange agreements made between UCLA and foreign institutions, and simplifying the process of creating new ones. Investigators and sponsors are urged to forward existing international agreements.
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