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CSEAS Virtual Events
Giving Back: Filipino American and the Politics of Diaspora Giving
Book Talk with Joyce Mariano (University of Hawai'i at Mā
Thursday, April 29, 2021
4:00PM to 5:30PM
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Cosponsored by UCLA Department of Asian American Studies and the UCLA Pilipino Studies minor


Everyday Speculation in the Remaking of Peri-urban Jakarta
Helga Leitner (UCLA) 
Eric Sheppard (UCLA)
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
5:00PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time
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Radical Storytelling: A Workshop with 140 LBS Creator Susan Lieu
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
4:00PM to 6:00PM Pacific Time
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Cosponsored by UCLA Vietnamese Student Union and UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition


Indigenous Musical Responses to U.S. Colonization: The Philippine Constabulary Band and the Continuity of Filipino Tradition
Mary Talusan Lacanlale (CSUDH)
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
11:00AM to 12:15PM Pacific Time
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Community Events

Library of Congress Asia Division
Southeast Asian Scripts: From the Centers to the Margins
April 21, 2021 at 12:00PM ET
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UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies
Concubines and Crypto-Colonialism:
Dara Rasami and the Making of Modern Thailand

Leslie Castro-Woodhouse

April 21, 2021 from 7PM to 8PM ET
Cosponsored by SEAP Publications/Cornell University Press
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Refracting the Vietnam War:
Critical Refugee Studies and Southeast Asian American Cultural Production

Ma Vang - “Hmong American Literature and Refugee Presence”

April 22, 2021 from 4:30PM to 5:45PM ET
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UC Davis New Viet Nam Studies Initiative
The East Sea Part II: Possibilities for Peace: 
A Webinar on the East Sea (South China Sea) Spratly Islands Region

April 24, 2021 from 5PM to 8PM PT
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Virtual Health Fair with UCLA Vietnamese Community Health
April 25, 2021 from 9AM to 12PM PT
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FREE doctor and specialist consultations in English and Vietnamese for: Cardiology, Physical Therapy, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Social Service Consultations, Dermatology, OB/Gyn, Mental Health Therapy, and Mental Health Education

New York Southeast Asia Network Public Universities Consortium
Inaugural Conference
April 26-28, 2021
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Indonesian Studies Small Grants

Through a generous gift from Julia Gouw, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is pleased to announce the availability of small grants to support projects focused on Indonesia during Spring and Summer 2021. The funding is available to UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates are especially encouraged to apply.

Grants range from $500 to $1500 for returning applicants and up to $2000 for new applicants. Funding will be disbursed as spring or summer 2021 financial aid through UCLA Financial Aid Office or UCLA Graduate Division. Grant recipients will be required to write a 1-page report of their activities and provide the main deliverable (dissertation chapter draft, video link, presentation, portfolio, event flyer, etc.) related to the proposed project.

Examples of projects and activities that can be funded:

  • Reimbursement for conference registration fees and expenses in 2020 and 2021
  • Reimbursement of fees for internship or other professionalization programs related to Indonesian Studies
  • Reimbursement of purchases of software, technology and educational materials for research
  • Remote Indonesian language study program
  • Online course, academic program, workshop or summer institute in Indonesian Studies
  • Translation of documents and resources related to Indonesian Studies
  • Archival research on Indonesia at/through UCLA
  • Dissertation writing
  • Fieldwork in Indonesia (if you are currently in the country)
  • For organizing a virtual event, performance, exhibit or film screening
  • For the development of videos, podcasts, music, booklets, websites or artwork
  • For the creation of curriculum, survey data, or community resources to be shared
  • Combination of these activities and/or other projects

Interested students should submit:

  • a 1-2 page proposal that explains the research activity as it relates to Indonesian Studies along with a project timeline
  • a CV or resume
  • an unofficial transcript
  • an itemized budget or expenses sheet 
  • receipts for previous payments and purchases of research materials and services and/or invoices for fees for participating in events and programs
  • one letter of recommendation from an academic adviser/faculty mentor

Deadline: May 3, 2021

Click here to apply

Teacher Training
SEALC Publication Workshop
May 14-15, 2021
Deadline: April 21, 2021
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Free to COTSEAL members

Webinar 1: The Role of Publication in Teacher Professional Development
May 14, 2021 from 1PM to 3PM PT

This webinar focuses on the importance of publication as part of the overall process of professional development. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the publication process, beginning with manuscript conception and continuing through determination of relevant journals, submission to the editor, responding to reviewer comments, and submission of the revised publication. Primary focus will be on the factors required for successful publication in the field of language teaching.

Webinar 2:  Enhancing Your Chances of Getting Your Research Published
May 15, 2021 from 1PM to 3PM PT

This webinar focuses on how participants can enhance their chances of getting published. Included will be discussion of the various options for submissions (e.g., materials review, literature review, research report), relevant research options (e.g., case study, classroom research, action research), citation requirements and citation resources, issues of academic integrity, and tips for manuscript preparation. Primary focus will be on adhering to standards expected for publication in the field of language teaching.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Applicants must be instructors of a Southeast Asian language and active members of COTSEAL. To apply for or renew COTSEAL membership, click here.

Participants must commit to attending both workshop sessions. Following the workshop, applicants will submit one of the following:

  • A one-page reflection on how the workshop has impacted their publishing goals and where they plan on publishing
  • A draft abstract for an article
  • A proposal for a panel presentation at a national conference
The workshop will be highly interactive and space is limited, we encourage instructors to apply as soon as possible. There is no registration fee for this workshop. For questions about this workshop, please email
Thirteenth Heritage Language Virtual Research Institute
Language similarity and language distance in bilingual/heritage situations

June 7, 2021
Deadline: May 31, 2021
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$20 Graduate Student | $50 Faculty 
UCLA CSEAS will reimburse the registration fee for all Southeast Asian language instructors and researchers who attend this research institute.

Researchers working on heritage languages and bilingualism more generally occasionally notice that the degree of heritage language maintenance varies depending on the dominant language of the bilingual dyad. While some such differences in heritage language maintenance are undoubtedly attributable to societal factors, it is also important to consider the linguistic distance between the two languages and the role structural and genetic relations between languages in the bilingual dyad in the maintenance of the heritage member of that dyad.

Language similarity, however evaluated, has played a prominent role in studies of L2 and L3 acquisition (Rothman 2011, Montrul et al. 2011, Polinsky 2015, Benmamoun and Albirini 2016) but has not been systematically considered in heritage contexts. Further still, in considering language similarities and distance, it is important to include not only different languages but different dialects of the same language. 

The 13th Heritage Language Research Institute is designed to address these and related issues of linguistic distance and language or dialect similarity in the heritage context, both in relation to linguistic research and research-based language pedagogy. The Institute will give equal time/coverage to pedagogical and theoretical-linguistic approaches to heritage languages and will actively seek new ways to build synergies between these two approaches.

Job Opportunities
Lead Workplace Organizer at Pilipino Workers Center
Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: April 20, 2021

Pilipino Workers Center is a vehicle and resource center for the 1,000,000 Pilipino residents of Greater Los Angeles to come together to stand up for their rights in the workplace and improve their quality of life. PWC focuses on providing programs that help meet the immediate needs of workers and their families while also building their leadership to take collective action.  PWC’s work includes Strategic Enforcement campaigns in the homecare industry and a new project supporting workers to build Public Health Councils in the restaurant and food manufacturing industry.
The Lead Workplace Organizer will engage Filipino community members to advance PWC's mission and organizing priorities as the lead organizer of the Public Health Councils team. The Lead Workplace Organizer will lead a team of 2-3 workers to outreach to workers in Restaurants and Food Manufacturing businesses in Los Angeles County to organize Public Health Councils to make their workplaces safer during this pandemic.
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