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Image for Anne Rimoin catches us up on Covid-19
Feb. 28, 2020. Professor Anne Rimoin, director, UCLA Center for Global & Immigrant Health and a member of the teaching faculty for the International Institute's global health minor, is interviewed about the new coronavirus (Covid-19) by Bill Maher. Prof. Rimoin provides background on the disease, gives updates on what is known so far and cautions people to keep things in perspective.
Image for California-China climate cooperation might change U.S. dynamic
Feb. 20, 2010. At a time of U.S.-China tensions and U.S. government denial of climate change, a growing number of agreements and initiatives between California and various Chinese provinces and municipalities have the potential to open up greater U.S.-Chinese cooperation on climate change, write Christine Loh and Robert Gottlieb in the online Daily China Global. Some current initiatives involve UCLA, UC Berkley, and UC Irvine.
Image for "Parasite" and that curiously named noodle dish
Feb. 8, 2020. Jennifer Jung-Kim, Ph.D., who teaches Korean history and East Asian studies for the International Institute's academic programs, explains the misnomer "ram-don" in Bong Joon-ho's movie "Parasite." Speaking to the online food magazine, Food52, Jung-Kim — who is assistant director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies — says the true name of the noodle dish is "jjapaguri," which is typically made by mixing two Nongshim noodle products. See the article for some fascinating details.
Image for Dov Waxman on Trump
Jan. 29, 2020. Writing in The Forward, the new director of the Y&S Center for Israel Studies notes,"Like so many of President Trump's proposals and plans that have been announced with much fanfare, his peace plan will ultimately amount to nothing.
"It will certainly not bring Israelis and Palestinians peace, since the latter will overwhelmingly reject a plan that is so heavily skewed in Israel's favor.... Nor will the plan unleash a new wave of Palestinian violence, as some of its critics fear."
Waxman's best hope is that by confirming that the two-state solution is dead, perhaps "we can start to seriously consider other approaches to resolving, or at least reducing, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."