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Institute of American Cultures - Conversations with the IAC Visiting Scholars (UCLA, December 01, 2016)


The IAC Fall Forum brought together visiting researchers, scholars, graduate and predoctoral fellows, and research-grant awardees at UCLA's four ethnic studies centers for one-on-one discussions with UCLA educators and audience Q & A. For more information about the IAC, visit http://www.iac.ucla.edu/

Vanessa Diaz, Ph.D.

California State University, Fullerton
IAC Visiting Scholar, Chicano Studies Research Center
"Manufacturing Celebrity: Whitewashed Red Carpets, Latino Paparazzi, and the Political Economy of Hollywood Media Production"


Interviewer: Abel Valenzuela, Professor and Director
Chicano Studies and Urban Planning,
UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment




Tanachal Mark Padoongpatt, Ph.D.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
IAC Visiting Scholar, Asian American Studies Center
"Flavors of Empire: Food and Race in the Making of Thai American Los Angeles"


Interviewer: May Wang, Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences

Courtney Thomas, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles
Associate Professor, Bunche Center for African American Studies

"The Racial Self-Awareness Framework: Reducing Risk and Enhancing Resilience to Improve the Health of African Americans across the Life Course"


Interviewer: Darnell M. Hunt, Professor and Director
Sociology, Bunche Center for African American Studies



Natale Zappia, Ph.D.

Whittier College
IAC Visiting Scholar, American Indian Studies Center
"Food Frontiers: Indigenous Borderlands and Continental Landscapes"


Interviewer: Benjamin Madley, Associate Professor
Department of History

Chol Soo Lee - 30th Anniversary Event with Amerasia Journal (Chol Soo Lee @ Kardia United Methodist Church, December 7th, 2013)

Note: The event video is divided into multiple parts with information for each part provided respectively.

Part 1: Introductions with Prof. David K. Yoo and Prof. Richard Kim


Part 2: Chol Soo Lee speaks and recalls his memories


Part 3: K.W. Lee and Tom Byun


Part 4: Grace Kim


Part 5: Jai Lee Wong


Part 6: Warren Furutani


Part 7: Mike Suzuki


Part 8: Final thoughts from Chol Soo Lee, K.W. Kee, and Warren Furutani



Part 9: Closing remarks with Prof. Richard Kim and Prof. David K. Yoo




On a cool Saturday, December 7, 2013, people from near and far gathered in West Los Angeles to commemorate thirty years since the release of Chol Soo Lee from death row. A roundtable of speakers reflected on the Free Chol Soo Lee movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s that represented early pan-Asian, transnational and inter-generational activism. Those in the audience spanned those who participated to current students who were finding out about the movement for the first time. Chol Soo Lee himself, now living in San Francisco, was present as were other distinguished guests who played an active role during that time. Amerasia Journal has chronicled the movement over the years, including a retrospective forum including some great images in a recent volume (39:3 - 2013). Key sponsorship came from the Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Korean American Studies and Law at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Davis, the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside, and the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership.

For images of the event and more information, click here.


Framing Military Service: Hmong Americans' Movements against Welfare Reforms and for Political Inclusion (Dr. Yang Sao Xiong @ UCLA, June 5th, 2013)

Dr. Yang Sao Xiong will present findings from his dissertation "Hmong Americans' Protest Movements and Political Incorporation in the United States, 1980-2012." Dr. Xiong's dissertation examines the political participation and the political incorporation of Hmong American communities across three states -- California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This study asks two main questions. First, given Hmong Americans' particular contexts of exit and contexts of reception, how and to what extent have Hmong former refugees and their U.S.-born children been incorporated into the U.S. political system? Second, how do broader political contexts or homeland circumstances shape Hmong American politics and the state's treatment of Hmong in the U.S. and abroad? Dr. Xiong addresses these questions through two historical analyses of Hmong Americans' non-electoral and electoral participation and two detailed case studies of Hmong Americans' social movements. Hmong Americans' degree of political incorporation is a byproduct of the interplay between Hmong-led mobilization and the responses of the state. Homeland circumstances or the state policies of and conditions in the former homeland continue to evolve and impact both the socioeconomic resources and political interests of Hmong Americans.

The Poaching of Our Wildest Dreams: Indigenous Peoples, Predation and the Law (Julian Aguon @ UCLA, April 25th, 2013)

Julian Aguon is an indeginous Chamoru activist, attorney, and author. His specialty area is international human rights and while his work is anchored in his home Guam, he actively works to promote the wellbeing of indigenous peoples of the larger Micronesian region and Oceania as a whole. He lives in Tunhom, Guam.

Presented by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center as a part of the UCLA Environmental Justice Initiative.

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