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The Making of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies


Professor Anthony Reid, founding director of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, fondly remembers the early years of the center that he helped establish over 20 years ago.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Reflecting on a lifetime connection to Southeast Asia


Barbara Gaerlan, Ph.D., assistant director of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies from 1999 to 2017, reminisces about her work as the center celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Monday, June 8, 2020

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Film speaks to ongoing issues in Cambodian community


UCLA students come together through documentary filmmaking to highlight the growing gentrification of Cambodia town in Long Beach.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Poor communities in Jakarta fight for their land and livelihoods


Dian Tri Irawaty, Ph.D. candidate in geography, reports on how her research on grassroots movements for housing rights in Jakarta and the communities around her have been affected by COVID-19.

Monday, June 1, 2020

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Bringing Thai classical music to students


As director of the UCLA Music of Thailand Ensemble, Professor Supeena Adler continues to push for musical and cultural engagement through remote instruction.

Monday, June 1, 2020

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A new, interdisciplinary Pilipino Studies minor launching soon


With the announcement of the new minor in the department of Asian American studies, faculty and staff reflect on the journey to establish the minor that started a decade ago.

Friday, May 29, 2020

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Inviting greater understanding of indigenous Southeast Asia


UCLA Professor Oona Paredes shares her personal experience of becoming interested in Indigenous studies and how she makes Indigenous peoples the center of both her research and teaching.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Using storytelling to build and challenge power


From filmmaking to grassroots organizing, Lan Nguyen, a UCLA Asian American studies M.A. alumna, works to strengthen working-class power and challenge stigmas.

Monday, May 18, 2020

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Bluesukan combines jazz and West Javanese traditions


Otto Stuparitz, Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology, discusses the central role of dialogue in Sundanese traditional music and jazz improvisation, as well as the coming album release by his ensemble Bluesukan.

Friday, May 15, 2020

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Connecting with the Khmer community through language


Frank Smith, the Khmer language instructor for UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Irvine, shares about his introduction to the Khmer American community and how he sustains that relationship through his students.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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From YouTube to a hybrid classroom – Burmese language learning


Kenneth Wong, the Burmese language instructor for UC Berkeley and UCLA, speaks about his Burmese roots and how that brought him to teach distance learning Burmese.

Monday, May 4, 2020

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Southeast Asian history taught online and through a global lens


Dr. Dahlia Setiyawan, the associate chair for the history department at Windward School, shares about her current experience transitioning to remote instruction and her approach to teaching high school history.

Friday, April 24, 2020

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CSEAS alum weaves Southeast Asia into his career in academia


Brandon Reilly is Associate Professor in History at Santa Monica College, where he teaches courses on East Asian, Southeast Asian, and world history. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from UCLA in 2013.

Monday, April 20, 2020

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FLAS Fellow reflects on his time at UCLA and service to the Southeast Asian community


Joseph Nguyen graduates this June with a double major in Human Biology & Society and Asian Languages & Linguistics and Asian Languages minor. He received the 2019-2020 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship.

Friday, April 17, 2020

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Faculty and students experience learning Indonesian remotely, together


With the transition to remote learning, Dr. Juliana Wijaya speaks about how she teaches Indonesian now and how that affects her relationship with the students.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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