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Image for Beyond Indiana Jones: An inclusive Philippine archaeology
Nov. 22, 2021. “Traditionally, archaeology looks at the past to help us understand the past,” writes anthropologoist Stephen Acabado in Rappler. Director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, he describes the growing “development of Indigenous archaeology and the participation of local stakeholder communities.” Not only does this approach use archaeology to examine recent history, identity, environmental and climate change, says Acabado, “[it] empowers Indigenous peoples to participate in the process of creating historical narratives, especially the history of human-environment interactions… [as well as to] help decolonize histories.”
Image for Dov Waxman publishes book review in New York Times
Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, publishes a book review in The New York Times that considers three new books exploring various dimensions of the Jewish state: Daniel Sokatch's “Can We Talk About Israel?,” Omri Boehm's “Haifa Republic” and Ethan Michaeli's “Twelve Tribes.” (October 29, 2021)
Image for "Natives" versus "Indigenous": Filipinos
Oct. 13, 2021. "The messianic complex of colonialism continues today with how indigeneity is understood by many laypersons [in the Philippines]," writes Center for Southeast Asian Studies Director Stephen Acabado in Rappler, with co-authors Marlon Martin and Georgina Lumauig.
The op-ed examines the impact of Spanish colonialism and U.S. imperialism on the self-identity of Filipinos, noting, "The reference to the term indigenous should be more of empowerment rather than historical since the latter makes it pejorative."
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Oct. 5, 2021. "Ultimately, the Biden administration needs to weigh whether and when U.S. courts ought to be employed to solve what is chiefly a foreign policy problem. It may be the case that diplomatic olive branches—rather than prosecutorial arrows—are more effective in encouraging foreign leaders to reject [China's Belt and Road Initiative] bribes," writes Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in Foreign Affairs with co-author Nicholas Barile.