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CSEAS Virtual Events
Black Market Business:
Selling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920–1945

Book talk with Christina Firpo (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
Moderator: George Dutton (UCLA)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time
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Cosponsored with UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies
Repatriated Lions and Rehabilitated Orangutans: White Supremacy and Animal Advocacy in South Africa and Southeast Asia
Juno Parrenas (Cornell University)
Thursday, March 4, 2021
12:15PM to 1:45PM Pacific Time
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Cosponsored with UCLA Culture, Power, Social Change
Asian Place, Filipino Nation:
A Global Intellectual History of the Philippine Revolution

Book talk with Nicole CuUnjieng Aboitiz (University of Cambridge)
Lisandro Claudio (UC Berkeley)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
5PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time
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Cosponsored with UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies
Community Virtual Events
UCLA Asian American Studies Center 2021 Film Festival
WEEKEND 2: February 26-28, 2021
For full schedule:
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Migration, Mobility, and the Mekong
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2PM HST
  • Nga Dao (York University)
  • Heather Peters (Ophidian Research Institute)
  • Phanwin Yokying (East-West Center)
  • Ore Huiying (Independent Photographer)
Moderator: Amanda Flaim (Michigan State University)

Harvard Asia Center
Use and Abuse of Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law:
The Peculiarity of Thai Democracy

Chiranuch Premchaiporn (Foundation for Community Educational Media, Co-Founder of Prachatai)
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10AM EST
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UC Davis New Viet Nam Studies Initiative
East Sea: Context & Conflicts:
A Webinar on the East Sea (South China Sea) Spratly Islands Region

February 27, 2021 from 5PM to 8PM PT
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  • Nguyen Nha, PhD - “Vietnam, Territoriality and the South China Sea: Paracel and Spratly Islands"
  • Florencia Rubiolo, PhD - “The South China Sea Dispute: A Reflection of Southeast Asia's Economic and Strategic Dilemmas”
  • Ted Kontopoulos, JD - "Fish, Friends, and Flashpoints: Fallout from the 2016 U.N. Case Between China and The Philippines Five Years Later"

UCLA Vietnamese Community Health
Free Virtual Health Fair
February 28, 2021 from 9AM to 12PM PT
Access the virtual clinic at:
Free consultations will be offered for: Cardiology, Chiropractic Consultations, Internal Medicine, Mental Health Therapy, Mental Health Education, and Social Worker Consultations. All services are free! There is no need to schedule an appointment, just enter during the event hours.
FLAS Fellowships

Southeast Asia FLAS Fellowships

FLAS fellowships are designed to support graduate and undergraduate students who commit to studying Southeast Asian languages and area studies courses.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Recipents must enroll in full-time study for the duration of their award period.

Summer 2021 fellowships are for intensive remote summer language programs offered through a U.S. university. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000. A letter grade is also required. Students should apply separately to that university for admissions into the summer language program. Non-language programs are not eligible for summer FLAS funding, nor is dissertation research. In order to qualify for funding, the summer intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks and provide at least 140 synchronous contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 synchronous contact hours for advanced level coursework.

UCLA students who wish to attend the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) should simultaneously apply for admission and other funding directly to SEASSI and for FLAS funding through the UCLA FLAS application. Qualified applicants should apply for all possible scholarships to maximize opportunities.

**Please note that Summer FLAS is considered summer financial aid for UCLA  students. Students might not be able to receive any additional summer financial aid funding for UCLA Summer Sessions or other fellowships and should contact the UCLA Financial Aid Office for more information about summer financial aid eligibility. 

Academic Year 2021-2022 fellowships provide a total stipend of $15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduates and cover up to $18,000 of academic year tuition and fees for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduates. The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship requires that students take one Southeast Asia language and one area studies course for a letter grade every quarter for the entire year while enrolling full time for residence at UCLA. Independent Studies are allowed with specific permission.

AY awards may be used for dissertation research or writing for students who have completed their degree coursework and are at the advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance. 

Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose;
  • The extent to which overall course of study focuses on Southeast Asia;
  • The level of planned language study. More advanced levels are preferred;
  • Financial need as determined by past financial aid levels;
  • Past awardees may reapply.
Required information includes:
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose outlining the student’s primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance the project;
  • 2 academic/professtional letters of recommendation;
  • unofficial UCLA transcripts and from other institutions for previous degrees (Graduate Students);
  • resume or CV;
  • language program details and information (for summer only)

Deadline: February 24, 2021
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June 14 to August 6, 2021
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. UCLA students applying for for UCLA Summer 2021 FLAS must also apply separately for admission into SEASSI.
To apply for SEASSI 2021:

Application Deadlines: 
SEASSI FLAS Fellowship: February 15, 2021
SEASSI Tuition Scholarship and General Applications: April 5, 2021

Glenn Anthony May Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2021
This scholarship is intended to provide scholarships to students who are Filipino or of Filipino heritage and/or are pursuing a field of study related to Southeast Asian Studies with a preference for those focused on the Philippines. This scholarship is available to all students who are currently enrolled or have plans to enroll at least half time at any 2- or 4-year public institution or nonprofit private college in the United States.

Philippine Resistance and Medical Care under U.S. Empire
Christine Peralta, postdoctoral fellow at Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at Indiana University, analyzes medical care, healing and resistance in Taytay, Rizal in the early 1900s through a feminist lens.
Analyzing Angkorian compassion through an archeological lens
Piphal Heng, postdoctoral fellow at Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, offers an alternative approach to archeological research to explore how Angkor was led with compassion.
Southeast Asian American student groups strive to create community despite pandemic
Two new Southeast Asian American student groups hope to create spaces for their respective communities in spite of UCLA’s virtual setting this year.
Job Opportunities
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in Digital and Public Humanities (2)
Vanderbilt University
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Two one-year fellowships for recent Ph.D. graduates from graduate programs in the humanities or qualitative social sciences at Vanderbilt during the 2021-22 academic year. Postdoctoral fellows will work on their own digital and public humanities projects and will devote fifteen hours per week to supporting the operation of the Center for Digital Humanities.

Cornell University Press Fellowship
Cornell University
Deadline: March 14, 2021
The Mellon Diversity Fellowship is a 14-month paid position, starting June 1, 2021. It offers participants the chance to work in the acquisitions department (including with SEAP Publications) of the Cornell University Press, while at the same time gaining a comprehensive overview of academic publishing.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Modern Vietnamese Studies
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Columbia University
Deadline: March 19, 2021

WEAI seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the 2021-2022 academic year who studies Vietnam from any of a broad range of disciplines within the social sciences or the humanities. The Research Scholar will teach one course each semester as well as pursue his or her own research. 

Southeast Asian Studies Archives Fellow (3)
University of Washington
Deadline: March 31, 2021
The University of Washington Libraries invites recent Ph.D. graduates or finishing doctoral candidates to apply for one-quarter long full-time paid fellowships in the 2021-22 academic year. Fellows will spend a quarter in one of the leading Southeast Asian Studies library collections in the country and have the opportunity to learn about library and archival practice. Candidates should engage with one or more themes: the ethics and aesthetics of care and community restitution in archives and libraries; interpreting the archival traces of authoritarianism; new pedagogies and research to bridge Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American Studies. 

Call for Papers

Northeast Asian Countries’ Soft Power in Southeast Asia and South Asia
The University of Hong Kong
May 1, 2021
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Under the sponsorship of the Korea Foundation, the Social Science Research Center at the University of Hong Kong is calling for paper proposals for a conference on Northeast Asian countries' soft power in Southeast Asia and South Asia to be held virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Please send abstracts (350 word limit) and a CV to Mr. Trevor Wan at

InterAsia Water(s) Graduate Student Conference
Yale InterAsia Initiative
May 28-29, 2021
Deadline: March 5, 2021
This conference aims to bring together rich emerging scholarship on water and waterscapes from different perspectives: biophysical, cultural, historical, and political. It also draws attention to how past and present waters are created and experienced — and future waters imagined and constructed — in and across Asian and interAsian regions.

Big Data & Social Media in Southeast Asia
Modern Language Association Conference 2022
Deadline: March 10, 2021
The proposed session on “Big Data & Social Media in Southeast Asia" for the 2022 Modern Language Association conference (January 6-9, 2022) is co-sponsored by the MLA’s Asian American Literature and Southeast Asia and Southeast Asia Diasporic Forums.

Online Resources
Updates about COVID-19 for the UCLA community:
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COVID-19 Teacher Resources
Developed by UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
and National Heritage Language Resource Center

COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub:
Developed by UCLA Asian American Studies Center and
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

STAND Together during COVID-19:

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