Welcome to spring quarter at UCLA! The Asia Pacific
Center is pleased to announce our formal relaunch and new website. We
hope to see you soon at one of our events.
Asia Pacific Center hosts launch reception
Director Min Zhou hosted a launch reception for the renamed Asia Pacific
Center (APC) on March 14 at Royce Hall. Nearly one hundred faculty,
staff, students, and friends from the community attended the event.
Professor Christopher Erickson, Senior Associate Vice Provost and
Director of the International Institute, welcomed the participants
and introduced APC Director Min Zhou. Professor Min Zhou delivered a
speech in which she first introduced the center's Executive Committee
and Faculty Advisory Committee as well as the APC mission statement.
She emphasized that the center will continue its core programming
including outreach activities under Title VI, the Program on Central
Asia, and the Taiwan Studies Lectureship. She introduced new projects
as well, including the partnership with the Global Chinese Philanthropy
Initiative (GCPI); a lecture series on "China and Beyond";
and research on Chinese and Indian entrepreneurship, Buddhism along the
silk road, and globalization and civil society in East Asian space. For
more photos of the reception, please visit our website.
Asia Pacific Center updates website and logo
Our website and logo have transitioned to reflect a new identity for
the center. The website features a streamlined page design and menus
that allow for more convenient navigation. Thank you to the
International Institute IST group for their hard work. We invite you to
explore the redesigned site.
Call for Proposals: Dissertation Workshop on Modern East
Deadline: April 10, 2017
The Indiana University East Asian Studies Center is hosting the third
Joint Consortium National Dissertation Workshop with a special focus on
“Modern East Asia” at Indiana University Bloomington on June 23, 2017.
The consortium includes UCLA, USC, University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University. We invite all doctoral
students and masters students working on theses or planning to continue
their studies in the humanities, social studies, and fine arts whose
area of research falls within East Asia to apply. Participants are
required to fund their own travel to Indiana University, as well as
some meals. The East Asian Studies Center will provide materials, some
meals, and one night of lodging. For more information and application
instructions, please visit our website.
2017 STARTALK/NHLRC Teacher Workshop Registration
Deadline: April 23, 2017
This two-part workshop will help language teachers face the challenge
of teaching heritage language (HL) students. The three-week online
component opens on June 1, 2017, followed by a five-day face-to-face
component (June 26-30, 2017 at UCLA). The online assignments focus on
identifying and addressing the linguistic gaps in HL students’
language, differentiated teaching, and teaching mixed classes. The
face-to-face session will focus on how to use project-based learning as
a useful tool in HL instruction. Accepted participants will be required
to complete both online assignments and the face-to-face session. There
is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will cover
travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants. For more
information about the teacher workshop, please visit the NHLRC website.
The Trump Administration has issued a Presidential Budget Request
that calls for the reduction or elimination of international
education programs in the Department of Education (Title VI &
The UCLA International Institute is home to four nationally
recognized centers for foreign language and area studies
education that receive funding from the US Department of
Education Title VI programs: The Asia Pacific Center, the Latin American Institute, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
and the National Heritage
Language Resource Center. For over forty years, these
programs have supported the study of critical and
less-commonly-taught languages at UCLA, trained thousands of K-12
teachers, and sponsored public film screenings, lectures, and
symposia for the greater Los Angeles community. Foreign
Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and Fulbright-Hays dissertation
research abroad fellowships have ensured that generations of the
graduate students have the training they need to serve as experts
in their field, whether in academia, government service, or
In 2016, UCLA Title VI centers:
trained 570 K-16
social studies and language teachers
in Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to
(Cambodian) and Nahuatl (indigenous language of Mexico and
Central America) via online distance learning to students at
UCLA, Stanford, and UC Berkeley
For a full statement on the importance of Title VI and
Fulbright-Hays to the nation’s security and economic
competitiveness, see our website.
you can do
The Coalition for International Education has partnered with the
National Humanities Alliance to save these programs. Contact your
Representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose any proposals
to eliminate the international education and foreign language
studies (HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays) programs in the U.S.
Department of Education.