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 CSEAS Events 

The UCLA Library’s International & Area Studies (IAS) Department presents Diasporas: Transnational Migrations, Spaces, and Identities. This six-part program series explores the various reasons for migration, the experiences of migrants and their descendants, the creation of communities in their new homelands, the negotiation of identities and belonging, and the preservation and transformation of traditions. For details, refer to the series guide.
April 4, 2023 from 10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time 
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Explores how members of diasporic communities experience and navigate life and identity in their new home countries.

Diasporic Spaces, Places, and Connections in Los Angeles
April 5, 2023 from 12PM to 1:30PM Pacific Time in-person at UCLA
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Delves into the experiences of diasporic communities in Los Angeles, including how they carve out, transform, and influence spaces in this massive city.

WEBINAR Forced Flight: Refugees in Diaspora
April 11, 2023 from 10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time
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Explores the experiences of refugees, how they create new communities, and what the future holds for the countries they left and their diasporas.

WEBINAR Queer Migrations: The LGBTQIA+ Diaspora
April 12, 2023 from 10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time 
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Discusses whether the LGBTQIA+ community can be considered its own diaspora and how their intersectional identities and reasons for migration affect their experiences.

WEBINAR Traditions in Diaspora:
Preserving and Reworking Cultural Practices

April 18, 2023 from 10AM to 11:30AM Pacific Time
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Explores how diasporas preserve, transform, or amalgamate cultural practices in their new countries.  

Bruins Belong: Diasporas and the Meaning of Home
April 19, 2023 from 4PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time in-person at UCLA Young Research Library
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UCLA students present original creative works on the theme of diaspora and the meaning of home and belonging
Transborder Los Angeles: An Unknown Transpacific History of Japanese-Mexican Relations
Professor Yu Tokunaga (Kyoto University)
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
12PM Pacific Time
UCLA Young Research Library Presentation Room
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A light lunch will be provided.
Part of UCLA Pacific World Research Network.
Transborder Los Angeles Student Workshop
Professor Yu Tokunaga (Kyoto University)
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
3PM to 4PM Pacific Time

UCLA Young Research Library Presentation Room
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Part of UCLA Pacific World Research Network.
As an incentive for UCLA students (undergraduate or graduate) to attend this workshop, 10 free copies of the book will be given for signing up for the book talk or the workshop by March 24.
The Politics of History and Memory in Present-Day Vietnam
Martin Grossheim (Seoul National University)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
2PM to 3:30PM Pacific Time
10383 Bunche Hall
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WEBINAR Miracles and Material Life:
A Community Book Read by Teren Sevea

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
4PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time
Open to UCLA graduate students, faculty, and alumni
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For this community book read hosted by GETSEA with Teren Sevea, author of Miracles and Material Life: Rice, Ore, Traps and Guns in Islamic Malaya and winner of the 2022 Benda Prize, participants will be expected to have read the book beforehand. Teren Sevea is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in History from UCLA.
 Community Events 
The Power of Fiction and the Fragility of Power:
Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the Making of Indonesia

featuring Maxwell Lane in conversation with Vinay Lal (UCLA)
April 18, 2023 from 4PM to 6PM Pacific Time
6275 Bunche Hall
Maxwell Lane is the principal translator of the esteemed Indonesian writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He earned his PhD in Politics and History from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and has taught or
held residencies at several universities including University of Gadjah Mada, UCLA, University of Washington, Victoria University, the National University of Singapore, and University of Sydney.


SEA US HEAR US (Southeast Asians in the US; Health Equity and Research to Understand COVID-19 Stories) Survey
If you qualify, fill out the screener questionnaire.

The SEA US HEAR US survey would like to better understand the experiences and impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asian American communities. The purpose is to collect information about your experiences with COVID-19 to potentially develop new, more culturally relevant interventions for Southeast Asian Americans (SEAAs) living in Greater Los Angeles.

During the study, you will review and complete a consent form agreeing to participate, then you will complete the survey. You will be contacted to complete follow-up surveys at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. The survey asks about your health and COVID-19 experiences change over time among SEAAs like you.

To be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Older than 18 years of age
  •  Live in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • Self-identify as Cambodian, Filipino, Thai, or Vietnamese

All information will be kept strictly confidential. Participation is completely voluntary and will take about 30-60 mins for the first survey, and 15-30 mins for follow-up surveys. You have the option to do this online. You will be compensated for your survey time ($25 Amazon gift card for baseline, and increasing increments each follow-up survey (e.g. $30 at 3 months, $35 at 6 months, $40 at 12 months)

This study is being conducted by Dr. Patchareeya Pumpuang Kwan, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge and Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. If you’re interested or need more information, please contact the team at

 UCLA Courses 

To view the Southeast Asian Studies course list for Spring 2023:


ANTHRO 169: Anthropology of Burma/Myanmar
Mondays and Wednesdays from 11AM to 12:15PM
Taught by Seinenu Thein-Lemelson

ART HIS 31: Art of India and Southeast Asia
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM to 12:15PM
Taught by Rebecca Hall

ASIA AM 171F: U.S. Empire in Southeast Asia
Thursdays from 5PM to 6:50PM
Taught by Jolie Chea

ASIA AM 297A: Cold War Diaspora Cultures: Korea and Vietnam
Mondays from 2PM to 4:50PM
Taught by Evyn Lê
Espiritu Gandhi

SEASIAN 50: Southeast Asian Societies and Cultures
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2PM to 3:15PM
Taught by Oona Paredes

SEASIAN 130: Modern Singaporean and Malaysian Literature
Mondays from 10AM to 12:50PM
Taught by George Dutton

To view the Southeast Asian Studies course list for Summer 2023:

 Distance Learning Burmese 

This course is intended for beginners with little or no exposure to the language. It focuses primarily on Colloquial (or Spoken) Burmese, with some excursions into the Literary Style, reserved for written texts. 

This is a distance learning class conducted via Zoom from UC Berkeley and taught by Kenneth Wong. UCLA students are required to attend and participate in live discussions during the designated times.

Academic Year 2023-2024
Introductory Burmese 1A/B (15 units)
Wednesdays 4-6PM
Thursdays 4-6PM
Fridays 4-5PM

Fulfills one year of language requirement. Units at UC Berkeley can be transferred to UCLA.

Course Dates

Burmese 1A Fall 2023: September 28, 2023 to December 8, 2023

Burmese 1B Winter/Spring 2024: January 17, 2024 to May 3, 2024


  • Currently enrolled UCLA graduate or undergraduate student
  • Minimum GPA required: 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 graduate students
  • Must also be enrolled in minimum 12 units at UCLA
For instructions on how to enroll in the course, visit the DL Burmese webpage.
 PEMSEA Awards 
PEMSEA invites proposals from PhD students, researchers, and scholars focusing on climate and anthropogenic change, disaster responses, and interactions during the early modern period (EMP) Southeast Asia for research awards up to $7500.

PEMSEA seeks a more nuanced understanding of the EMP through building local and indigenous histories, particularly, those that show responses to climate change and disasters. The compelling problem is long-term climate change in Southeast Asia during the last millennium CE, with a special focus on the EMP and the extent to which the Little Ice Age affected Southeast Asia. PEMSEA aims to contribute to developing datasets and analyses on the intersection between anthropogenic and climatic change during the EMP. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals that draw from archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, dendroclimatological, and/or sedimentological sources, and historical records that utilize both indigenous and colonial documents from various sites in Southeast Asia.

Proposals should include:

  • cover letter with contact information; 
  • CV (5 pp. limit);
  • a five-page narrative that highlights the significance of the proposed research on PEMSEA’s goals, methodology, data sources, and plans for further research; 
  • and an itemized budget with justifications as needed. 

Proposals are due April 30, 2023. For more information, view the full award guidelinesSubmit proposals by email to

 UCLA Funding Opportunities 
UCLA Center for the Study of Women/Barbra Streisand Center Funding
Deadline: March 30, 2023
Open to UCLA students

UCLA Graduate Student Awards
  • Black Feminism Initiative (BFI) Graduate Fellowships | Two $1000 Awards 
  • Constance Coiner Graduate Fellowship | One $1500 Award
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, Graduate Award | One $1000 Award
  • Jean Stone Dissertation Research Fellowship | Two $4000 Awards
  • Paula Stone Legal Research Fellowship | One $3000 Award
  • Penny Kanner Dissertation Research Fellowship | Three $4000 Awards
UCLA Undergraduate Student Awards
  • Constance Coiner Undergraduate Prize | One $750 Award
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, Undergraduate Award | One $1000 Award
  • Renaissance Award | Two $1000 Awards
 Job Opportunities 
Graduate Student Researcher or Undergraduate Student Assistant (20% Time)
Deadline: April 7, 2023
The BRAVE Study (Building community, Raising All immigrant Voices for health Equity), funded by NICHD, explores how social, political, and economic experiences related to immigration status affect sexual and reproductive healthcare use among Asian immigrant women.

The Qualitative Researcher at UCLA will support ongoing sexual and reproductive health projects at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The applicant will help support the NIH R01 Brave Study. We are seeking someone with a passion for sexual and reproductive health equity, as well as experience with or interest in conducting qualitative public health research. This is a hybrid (in-person/remote) position requiring most work activities to be completed in the Los Angeles area with potential travel to other study sites. 

The qualitative researcher will contribute around 8-10 hours/week from the months of March to September of the BRAVE study. Duties consist of community mapping activities, attending in-person qualitative interview training; and preparing, conducting, and analyzing life history interviews in Los Angeles and remotely via Zoom or phone. Other responsibilities may include conducting key informant interviews and qualitative data analyses. The applicant will work in close collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Drs. Sudhinaraset and Gipson. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health/social sciences/related field and/or sufficient experience and demonstrated skills to successfully perform the assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Reading and writing proficiency in any of the following: Cantonese or Tagalog
Required Qualifications:
  • Fluent spoken language in any of the following: Cantonese or Tagalog 
  • Access to transportation and ability to conduct site visits in Los Angeles. 
  • Attention to detail; strong interpersonal skills including humility, compassion, and empathy for others; excellent, effective verbal and written communication skills to coordinate with subjects, team members and collaborators, and community-based organizations; and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while working with a diverse subject population.
  • Ability to work well independently, complete projects in a timely manner, and prioritize multiple projects to ensure the completion of essential tasks by deadlines.
  • Committed to working within a health equity and reproductive justice framework at the intersections of immigration status, gender, and race/ethnicity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers and community organizations. 
Contact the Project Coordinator, Andrea Hwang ( with questions. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to the Project Coordinator with subject title: BRAVE Study Researcher Application.
Preceptor in Filipino (Tagalog)
Harvard University
Deadline: April 14, 2023
The Department of South Asian Studies seeks applications for a Preceptor in Filipino. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024. The Preceptor will be responsible for teaching five Filipino (Tagalog) language courses per year. Applicants should be prepared to offer language instruction at all levels and coordinate a Filipino language sequence. This is a term appointment of three years, renewable for a term of up to an additional five years.

Preceptor in Indonesian
Harvard University
Deadline: April 14, 2023
The Department of South Asian Studies seeks applications for a Preceptor in Indonesian. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024. The Preceptor will be responsible for teaching five Indonesian language courses per year. Applicants should be prepared to offer language instruction at all levels and coordinate an Indonesian language sequence. This is a term appointment of three years, renewable for a term of up to an additional five years.

Preceptor in Thai
Harvard University
Deadline: April 14, 2023
The Department of South Asian Studies seeks applications for a Preceptor in Thai. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024. The Preceptor will be responsible for teaching five Thai language courses per year. Applicants should be prepared to offer language instruction at all levels and coordinate a Thai language sequence. This is a term appointment of three years, renewable for a term of up to an additional five years. 
 Call for Papers 
Southeast Asian Comparative Literature: Histories, Theories, and Practices at the Institute of Literature
Institute of Literature, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
Hanoi, Vietnam
December 14, 2023
Deadline: March 30, 2023

This international conference asks the question: is there Southeast Asian comparative literature, and if yes, what is its history and characteristics in terms of theory and practice? This conference also discusses the possibility of approaching modern and contemporary Southeast Asian literary works in reference to each other and in comparison to each other in engaging with ethnic, cultural, social, gender, and artistic issues of modern postcolonial Southeast Asian societies. Examining Southeast Asian literature comparatively and in dialogue with one another has the potential to bring new perspectives into the field of comparative literature while making Southeast Asian literatures more visible on the world literary map.

Please submit your abstract to the conference at and cc: Chi Pham ( and Nhu Trang Nguyen (
AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies 2023
The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia
July 11-15, 2023 (Virtual)
Deadline: April 2, 2023
This year’s conference theme, “The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia,” seeks to inspire reflection on Indonesia’s successes, discontents, and efforts to rework, reinterpret, and negotiate all aspects of civic, legal, and cultural living, against and in light of Indonesia’s internal fractures and frictions and its important profile and positionality globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference seeks to explore and investigate a broad range of topics, including kebangsaan, in its diverse and competing meanings, adat and law, gender and race, environment and climate change, business, politics, and religion, and Indonesia’s place in the world. Indonesia continues to grapple with internal tensions and regresses as she also reaps the rewards of developmental leaps and resilience amidst global uncertainties and adverse challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting geopolitical relations, and economic volatility.

For more information, visit the conference website.

 CSEAS Resources 
Curriculum Materials
These K-12 teacher resources, lesson plans and language resources were developed by UCLA CSEAS to cvoer Southeast Asia.
CSEAS Multimedia
Videos of past lectures and events organized by UCLA CSEAS are accessible online with closed captioning.
Southeast Asian Studies in CA
This faculty list highlights the range of expertise in Southeast Asian Studies currently found at public and private universities and community colleges in the state. Faculty emeritus based in California are also included.
 Online Resources 
Resources on Anti-Asian Discrimination:
Statement on Stop Asian Hate
UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

COVID-19 Resources
UCLA COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Teacher Resources 
COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub
STAND Together during COVID-19
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