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eNews | Spring 2017

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 Asia
Application 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.

Asia Pacific Center Events

Friday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
6th Annual History Graduate Students Association Conference:
Contexts of Crisis: Danger, Opportunity and the Unknown

Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room

Friday, April 21, 12:30–6:00 p.m.
Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference
Anderson School of Management

Thursday, May 4, 1:30–3:45 p.m.
Documenting China: An Afternoon with Filmmaker Fan Jian
Fan Jian (director)
Melnitz Hall 1422 (Darren Star Screening Room)

Thursday, May 4, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Collective Actions in Post-Mao China: Between Chaos and Discipline
Dingxin Zhao (University of Chicago)
Bunche Hall 10383

Taiwan Studies Conference
Friday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Conference: Zuozhuan in the Context of Warring States Texts
314 Royce Hall

Taiwan Studies Lecture
Thursday, May 18, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
What Makes a Falsified Text Popular? Writing the 1402 Usurpation in Seventeenth-Century China
Evelyn Liu (Academia Sinica)
10383 Bunche Hall

Save the date!
Wednesday, May 24
Film Screening: Guangzhou Dream Factory
Christine Badgley and Erica Marcus (directors)
Commentary by Min Zhou (UCLA)

Complete schedule of events posted here

Action Alert: UCLA International Language and Area Studies Programs Under Threat

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 & Fulbright-Hays).

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 international business.

In 2016, UCLA Title VI centers:
  • trained 570 K-16 social studies and language teachers
  • awarded $668,000 in Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to UCLA students
  • taught Khmer (Cambodian) and Nahuatl (indigenous language of Mexico and Central America) via online distance learning to students at UCLA, Stanford, and UC Berkeley
On the national importance of Title VI programs, see "Language and Cultural Studies Contribute to National Security, Really," by Amb. (Ret.) Patrick Duddy (Durham Herald-Sun, March 23, 2017).

For a full statement on the importance of Title VI and Fulbright-Hays to the nation’s security and economic competitiveness, see our website.

What 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.

Sign the petition at http://p2a.co/7olnROm.


Central Asia in Transition Lecture
Monday, April 17
2:00–3:30 p.m.
(Note new time)

Perspectives on Genealogical History and the Production of Knowledge: The Isma'ilis of Badakhshan
Jo-Ann Gross
(The College of New Jersey)
10383 Bunche Hall

Thursday, April 20
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

UCLA Central Asia Workshop Annual Graduate Student Conference
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room

Central Asia in Transition Lecture
Tuesday, April 25
12:00–1:30 p.m.

How Nizami Ganjavi became an Azerbaijani National Poet: Knowledge, Power and Persian Poetry in the 1930s Soviet Union
Edmund Herzig
(University of Oxford)
10383 Bunche Hall

Saturday, April 29
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Conference: “The Indian Roots of Global Buddhism”
39 Haines Hall

Friday, May 12
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Second Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on South Asia
Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room

Central Asia in Transition Lecture
Monday, May 22
4:00–5:30 p.m.

Rashīd al-Dīn in the Eye of the Beholder: Proposing a Holistic Approach to Reception History
Judith Pfeiffer
(University of Bonn)
10383 Bunche Hall

Central Asia in Transition Lecture
Wednesday, May 24
4:00–5:30 p.m.

How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?
Judith Pfeiffer
(University of Bonn)
306 Royce Hall

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