UCLA graduate students en route to their dissertation field research discuss both their particular topics and the process and challenges of doing research itself.
Three UCLA graduate students en route to their dissertation field research discuss both their particular topics and the process and challenges of doing research itself.
Cari Coe, Department of Political Science
Cari Coe's study will examine the political factors that drive the ways forest land is classified and allocated in the buffer zone surrounding Vietnam's Tam Dao national forest. The problems of forest protection and poverty alleviation are deeply intertwined in Vietnam, as much of the population dependent on forest resources is extremely poor. In an effort to combat both deforestation and poverty among forest users, Vietnam has been establishing protected forest areas and allocating other forest land to households, granting them various forms of use rights over this land. Numerous local government entities manage these processes and may have competing interests in how the land is classified and allocated. As household use rights are contingent upon this process of classification and allocation, this study asks: what factors drive forest land classification and allocation at the local level in Vietnam? The question of what these factors are is of central importance to questions of sustainable natural resource management and economic development.
Denise Cruz, Department of English
Denise Cruz will introduce a portion of her archival work on Filipina English-language writers published in the Philippines during World War II (such as Lydia Arguilla's "Yours Faithfully" and Ligaya Victoria Reyes "I am thinking of us today"). Written in the form of a woman's first-person address to her beloved, these stories feature interracial relationships between white American GIs and Filipina women. The paper analyzes these stories and their use of the trope of heterosexual, interracial love relationships as promoting understanding between the United States and the Philippines as a counterpoint and accompaniment to the masculine narrative of American-Filipino brotherhood emblematized by the "Bataan Brotherhood," the so-called new relationship between the Philippines and the United States after the grueling death march in Bataan.
Melody Rod-ari, Department of Art History
Images of the Ramakien found at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha were used as a political tool to create political legitimacy and a royal identity for the Chakri dynasty. The Ramakien’s culturally specific references to Siamese history and societal values allowed King Rama I to create a royal identity within established notions of cultural identity. Hindu aspects of the epic were ignored by the court and did not therefore conflict with established Buddhist traditions. Similarly, the mural paintings, which are found on gallery walls surrounding the temple symbolize the Chakri’s status as protectors of Siam’s cultural traditions.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies