• Gouw scholars 2019 / Photo: CSEAS

  • Indonesian Food Roundtable / Photo: CSEAS

  • LAIFF 2018 / Photo: CSEAS/LAIFF

  • FLAS Fellow Tyler Yamin / Photo: CSEAS

  • LA Indonesian Film Festival 2019

  • Women empowerment conference / Photo: CSEAS

  • Music of Java / Photo: CSEAS

  • Gouw Scholars 2018

  • Kartini Screening & Panel / Photo: CSEAS

The UCLA Indonesian Studies Program sponsors campus and community programs, provides student research travel grants and scholarships, hosts visiting scholars, and organizes conferences and workshops related to Indonesia. It remains the only program of its kind in the U.S.

The Indonesian Studies Program was founded in 2008 with a substantial gift from anthropologist and filmmaker Robert Lemelson. A series of subsequent generous gifts by Professor Lemelson through 2015 helped broaden the program and support the Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program. 

In 2016, Julia Gouw, a friend of UCLA, made a generous gift to sustain the Indonesian Studies Program. Gouw continues to be the benefactor of the program. In 2018, the Indonesian Studies Program established the Julia and Ken Gouw Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Indonesia.

Read more: History of Indonesian Studies Program at UCLA

Academic Year 2020-2021 Highlights

In Fall 2020, Indonesian Studies Program co-hosted the Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year. The festival featured two panels with filmmakers who discussed Indonesian filmmaking and movie marketing in the “new normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and a discussion with actor Gading Marten and actor-producer Dian Sastrowardoyo of the new Indonesian movie on Netflix, Crazy Awesome Teachers.

We cosponsored the 2020 New Wight Biennial Online Exhibition “One More, with Feeling…On Non-Alignment and Non-Polarity” organized by UCLA Department of Art. The exhibit explores how the Non-Alignment Movement, born out of the Bandung conference in 1955 to address the struggle against colonialism, is articulated in the aesthetic, social, economic and political gestures of contemporary art today.  The exhibit was accompanied by ‍a series of weekly virtual panels where participating artists were in conversation with one another.

The Indonesian Studies Program cosponsored the UC Berkeley-UCLA Virtual Conference “Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia” in February 2021, a Asia Society at the Movies screening of Impetigore (Indonesia, 2019) and conversation with director Joko Anwar, actress Christine Hakim, and producer Shanty Harmayn in April 2021, and a May 2021 webinar with UCLA faculty, Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, on their research on urban development in Jakarta.

In Summer 2021, we supported the 7 graduate students through the Indonesian Studies Small Grant.


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Published: Friday, February 28, 2020