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CSEAS Virtual Events
Everyday Speculation in the Remaking of Peri-urban Jakarta
Helga Leitner (UCLA) 
Eric Sheppard (UCLA)
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
5PM to 6:30PM Pacific Time
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Radical Storytelling:
A Workshop with 140 LBS Creator Susan Lieu

Susan Lieu (playwright, producer, and performer)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
4PM to 6PM Pacific Time
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Legacies of Detention and the Burmese Democracy Movement
Friday, May 14, 2021
10:30AM to 12PM Pacific Time
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Panelists: Andrew M. Jefferson & Tomas Martin (Danish Institute Against Torture), Liv Gabori (Lund University), Nay Tin Myint (NLDOS),
Kenneth Wong (UC Berkeley)
Moderator: Seinenu Thein Lemelson (UCLA)
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
11AM to 12:15PM Pacific Time
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Community Events

UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Art + Politics: Asian American Artivists in the Movement for Social Justice
featuring Eddie Wong, Lan Nguyen
, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Tiffany Lytle
May 6, 2021 from 9:30AM to 10:45AM PT
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Two generations of artist-activists/ "artivists" will talk about their role as artists who were active in the grassroots social movements of Asian American communities from the 1960's to today. This program connects two filmmakers and two songwriter-performance artists who will talk about how they use their medium to tell the stories of and engage Asian American communities.

Screening of "140 LBS" Followed by Q&A with Susan Lieu
May 7, 2021 at 4PM PT

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“140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother” is a theatrical solo performance written and performed by Susan Lieu, a first-generation American born to Vietnamese refugees. “140 LBS” is the true story of how Susan’s mother went in for plastic surgery and died due to medical malpractice. At the time of her mother’s death, Susan was 11 years old.

University of Washington Southeast Asia Center
2021 SEAxSEA Online Film Festival
May 10, 2021 to June 4, 2021
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Featuring over 40 short films from Southeast Asia and its diasporas exploring the interruptions and continuities of our times. All films come with English subtitles. ADMISSION IS FREE! 
Films will be available online via Vimeo from May 10 to June 4. 
UCLA Pilipinx Research Symposium:
Illuminating Barriers and Breaking Boundaries: 
Pilipinx Research for Community Transformation

Keynote: Tracy Lachica Buenavista (CSU Northridge)
May 14, 2021 from 11:30AM to 3PM PT
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Organized by the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and the Pilipino American Graduate Student Association

The event will share an annotated bibliography of the research that UCLA students in Pilipino Studies are conducting. To be included in the annotated bibliography, fill out the form at by May 7, 2021.

Teacher Training
SEALC Publication Workshop
May 14-15, 2021
Deadline: TODAY! May 3, 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.

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.

COTSEAL 37th Virtual Conference:
Southeast Asian Language Teaching in the Digital Era:
Challenges and Opportunities 

July 23-24, 2021
Deadline: June 7, 2021

COTSEAL invites participants from academic institutions, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are interested in, involved in, or have conducted research on Southeast Asian language education and linguistics to submit abstracts to the conference. 

Paper/presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Different approaches in teaching SEA languagesProficiency, project, community-based learning
  • Heritage language learners
  • Distance learning and flipped classrooms
  • Virtual SEA language teaching during the pandemic
  • University policies & related issues affecting SEA language instruction

An abstract proposal should include the title, a brief description of 250 words maximum, and a presenter profile that should include your name, institution, email address, and phone number. Send them as two email attachments (MS words/pdf) to:, Subject line: COTSEAL 37th Abstract Submission.

Call for Participants

American Political Science Association Virtual Asia Workshop
“Evolution and Challenges in Local Governance in Asia”
July/August 2021
Deadline: May 31, 2021
The virtual 2021 Asia Workshop will be conducted as series of weekly zoom sessions from mid-July through mid-August. The workshop will bring together up to 12 selected
early-career scholars based in East and Southeast Asia to advance research related to local governance and decentralization across Asia. This program is part of a multi-year effort to support political science research among early-career scholars in East and Southeast Asia, and to strengthen research networks linking Asian scholars with their colleagues overseas.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Individual and Community Responses to COVID-19
Deadline: Ongoing

The AAPI COVID-19 Project is a collective study examining the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it shapes the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in theUnited States. If you live in the US and identify as A/AA & NHPI, the researchers would like to interview you about how COVID-19 has impacted your employment or finances, your health, and/or your social relationships. The project is led by scholars at universities across the US. To determine if you are eligible for our study, please fill out the preliminary survey at:

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