Presentations, Conferences, Performances, Festivals, and More…

(Exhibitions Below)

Friday – Sunday, November 2 – 4, 2012
Benefit Sale for UCLA Fowler Museum Features Lao Textiles and other SEA Arts and Crafts

Friday 11am–5 pm; Saturday, 11am–5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon–whenever

Mor York Studio

4959 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90042-1609

Directions from UCLA:

Take the 405 Fwy. North to the 101. Fwy. Toward LA

Take the 134 Fwy. East toward Burbank/Glendale

Merge onto the 2 Fwy. South

Take the York Blvd. Exit

Turn Left onto York, end at 4959 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042-1609

Information at or


Once again Phil and Noreen Bloch will be bringing their wonderful collection to the Mor York Studio in Eagle Rock the first weekend in November. They have been traveling and collecting in Asia for many years and their prices are always great!  The collection’s main emphasis is Southeast Asia. Most textiles are Lao but certainly not all. Contemporary and vintage Lao silks and natural cottons; Tai Daeng, Tai Dam, Tai Khao, Tai Phuan etc. Phabiang, phasin and ceremonials; Batak Ulos and Java batiks; Thaiamulets, Attapeu baskets; fine Burmese weights; Lao and Khmer lime boxes; Tai Jay (Tai Muang) animal weaves; tigers, elephants, dragons etc. from Vietnam.


Phil loves to talk textiles, so please come. This event will benefit the Fowler Textile Council, Fowler Museum at UCLA.


Saturday, November 3, 2012
Filipino Religious/Christmas Concert

7:30 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

1292 W. Santa Cruz Street

San Pedro, CA 90732

General Admission $15.00 / At the Door $ 20.00 / Benefactor $100.00 (2 tickets) / Sponsor $75.00 (2 tickets). Tickets available at the Parish Office (310) or call (310) 514-9139.


Aside from western compositions, Filipinas Chorale and The Cherubs will sing Filipino classic works. Filipinas Chorale will sing “Kumukutikutitap” by Ryan Cayabyab; “Payapang Daigdig” medley by Philippines’ National Artist for Music, Felipe P. de Leon; “Gising Na” by another Philippines’ National Artist for Music, Lucio Sa Pedro; and “Pasko ay Sumapit” by Levi Celerio.  The Cherubs will sing “Himig Pasko” by Serapio Ramos and “Maligayang Pasko” by Sister Anunciata, SPC.


Sponsored by the Filipino Community of Holy Trinity Parish to benefit a permanent memorial in honor of Fr. Rolly Pineda Jardiniano.


Sunday, November 4, 2012
Afternoon of Music, The Sound of Fire and Bronze:

Vietnamese folk-inspired music and jazz and original scores

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Door opens at 3:00pm

Concert: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Home of Joanna Brody and Thomas Small

Culver City, California (Concert address will be sent upon RSVP)

RSVP by October 29, 2012

Requested Donation:  $45 per person.  Benefit for CHEER (Culture, Health, Education and Environment Resources) for Viet

If you cannot attend but want to contribute, please send either a check or through PayPal.

Payment can be sent by check or through PayPal.  Please make checks payable to CHEER for Viet Nam/Nov. 4 Concert and mail to: CHEER for Viet Nam, P.O. Box 341, Culver City, CA 90232; Account:



Vanessa Vân-Anh Võ – Dàn tranh 16-string zither –

Nguyên Lê – Guitar –

Hiroyuki Jimi Nakaraga – Taiko Drum –

Aaron Germain – Electric Bass and Up-Right Bass –

Aaron Germain – Electric Bass and Up-Right Bass –


Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Cambodia-Thailand Relations:
The Questions of the Preah Vihear Temple and a Clash of Two Nationalisms

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement here.

Colloquium with Professor Charnvit Kasetsiri, Department of History, Thammasat University

In this presentation Professor Charnvit Kasetsiri will briefly explore conflicts between Cambodia and Thailand, clashes of their brands of nationalism, and the question of war and peace. Citing the example of the July 2008 registration by UNESCO of the Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site belonging to Cambodia, Prof. Charnvit pointed out that history had been distorted for Thailand’s domestic politics. He will propose to set up an ASEAN Eco-Cultural Trans-Boundary World Heritage site was designed to foster close cooperation and collaboration at the Temple site.


Charnvit Kasetsiri is a prominent historian and Thai Studies scholar. He is Professor Emeritus at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. His thesis, The Rise of Ayudhya and a History of Siam in the 14th and 15th Centuries, was published by Oxford in Asia, 1972. He served as Lecturer of History at Thammasat from 1973-2001 and founded, in 2000, the Southeast Asian Studies Program. He was the President of Thammasat University in 1995-96. He has written approximately 200 articles and a number of publications on Thai and Southeast Asian History. He has launched a ‘Siam not Thailand’ campaign to rename the country as to reflect the reality about its ethnics, languages and cultural identities. His latest works deal with questions of war and peace and good ASEAN neighbor relations, especially between Thailand and Cambodia.


Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Includes Indonesian Language

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1301 Rolfe Hall

UCLA Campus

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement:

More information on the program can be found at

For more information please contact Larissa Harrison,


An information session on the U.S. Department of State’s fully-funded summer language immersion program.


The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully-funded intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment overseas each summer for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students. CLS languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. The CLS Program language institutes last from 7-10 weeks. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.


The summer 2013 application has just launched and will close on November 15, 2013.  At this information session, a CLS representative will make a brief presentation about the program and answer any questions students might have about the application process. A former participant in the program will also be available to answer questions.


Friday, November 9, 2012
The Young Artist Association in the Republic of Vietnam and After

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement


Colloquium with Trinh Cung, Artist/Essayist


The Young Artist Association (Hoi Hoa Si Tre) was perhaps the most dynamic and influential art association in the Republic of Vietnam. In its time, the YAA infused new stylistic elements, commented on war and society, and contributed to the rapid emergence of an internationalized art scene in the Republic. Trinh Cung, one of its founding members, will present this association’s history, legacies, as well as discussing his most recent work as part of a current group show by YAA members.


A founding member of the Young Artist Association, Trinh Cung won numerous national awards in the Republic of Vietnam for his work in the 1960s, including one at the first Saigon Biannual in 1962.  His work was also shown at the 1963 Paris Biannual, and the 1964 Tunis Biannual.  He has since lectured, published, and exhibited in Vietnam and internationally.  He is currently lecturing on art and art history at Hoa Sen University in Hochiminh City, Vietnam.


Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Saturday, November 10, 2012
Thai Treasures in the Norton Simon Collection

1:30 – 2:00 PM, and

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Norton Simon Museum of Art

411 W. Colorado Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91105-1825


Admission Fees: Adults $10.00; Seniors (ages 62 and above) $7.00; Children (ages 18 and under) Free; Students with valid I.D. Free; Museum Members Free; Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free.

Meets in Entrance Gallery | Talk is free with admission | No reservations needed

Web announcement:


Join a Museum educator for a focused 20-minute discussion of artwork and exhibitions.


Saturday, November 10, 2012
Bao Phi & Literature Circle

About the Literature Circle:
Lan Duong is an Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at UC Riverside. Her book, Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012), explores the films and literature of the Vietnamese and Vietnamese diaspora through the cultural politics of collaboration. Dr. Duong’s second book project, Transnational Vietnamese Cinemas: Imagining Nationhood in a Globalized Era, examines Vietnamese cinema from its inception to the present-day. Her research interests include feminist film theory, postcolonial literature, and Asian/American film and literature. Her critical works can be found in Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia, Asian Cinema, Discourse, Velvet Light Trap, and Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. She is also a poet and has been published in Watermark, Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Poetry, Tilting the Continent, and Crab Orchard Review. Dr. Duong teaches classes on Introduction to Cultural Studies, Introduction to Film, Feminist Film Theory, Asian American Women’s Films and Literature, Asian Horror, Southeast Asian Diasporic Literature and Film, Vietnamese Cinemas, Chinese Cinema, Hong Kong Cinema, and The Vietnam War in Film. She has recently received the Fulbright Scholar Award to work on her second book.


5- 9 pm

VAALA Cultural Center

1600 N. Broadway, Suite 210

Santa Ana, CA 92706

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement:

For questions, please email


Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and Common Ground are pleased to co-present an evening of readings & conversation with poets & writers Bao Phi, Lan Duong, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Caroline Kieu-Linh Valverde. The evening will begin with a literature circle that includes writers and academics Lan Duong, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Caroline Kieu-Linh Valverde, who will discuss their recently published books.


They will also talk about specific works of art from the transformART exhibit, which is being held at the VAALA cultural center from November 2 to 17. The literature circle will be moderated by Viet Nguyen, USC Associate Professor.


Lan Duong is an Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at UC Riverside. Her book, Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012), explores the films and literature of the Vietnamese and Vietnamese diaspora through the cultural politics of collaboration.


Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is Associate Professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (2011) and co-editor of Troubling Borders in Literature and Art: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora (forthcoming).


Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Davis. She authored Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora (Temple University Press 2012), which explores the immense influence of the native and diasporic communities on each other in politics, culture, community, generations, gender relations, technology, news media, and the arts.


Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002).


The program will cap off with a performance by Bao Phi, who will read and sign his new book of poetry Song I Sing. Bao Phi is a nationally renowned spoken-word artist from Minnesota.  He is a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellow.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012
2013-2014 FLAS Fellowship Information Session

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Young Research Library

Main Conference Room

UCLA Campus

Web announcement here.


The UCLA International Institute Title VI centers invite UCLA undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to an information session to learn about the FLAS fellowships, requirements, and application process.


The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program supports student training in modern foreign languages and related area studies during the summer and academic year. Currently approved area programs are East Asia, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.


• Quechua, Portuguese, Advanced Spanish (Latin America)

• Chinese, Japanese, Korean (East Asia)

• Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese (Southeast Asia)

• All European languages offered at UCLA (Europe/Eurasia)

• Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish (Middle East)


Fellowship Awards:

• Academic Year Graduate: $15,000 stipend plus full tuition and fees

• Academic Year Undergrad: up to $10,000 tuition and a $5,000 stipend

• Summer Grad/Undergrad: up to $5,000 tuition and a $2,500 stipend, plus up to $1,000 travel grant


Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing graduate students in all disciplines may apply for academic-year awards, and continuing students only may apply for summer awards.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Creating a New Museum for Thailand: The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

10383 Bunche Hall

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free and open to the public.

Web announcement here.


Colloquium with Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Former curator and department head, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


In 2003, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand determined that the country needed a dedicated textile museum in recognition of the beauty and importance of textiles in Southeast Asian culture. Three years later, the speaker was asked to join a colleague to advise the project architect and the prominent Thai archaeologist selected to spearhead the project. Soon an international team of specialists—based in California, New York, Paris, Canada, China, and Bangkok—came together to create a state-of-the-art museum on the grounds of the Grand Palace. This presentation will focus on the challenges and pleasures of working with such a diverse team in creating a complex institution from the ground up: one that had to meet the demanding needs of textiles, address the divergent interests and knowledge levels of a mixed audience of tourists and residents (Thai and foreign), and present three opening exhibitions designed to honor Her Majesty’s work to preserve and promote the textile arts and indigenous crafts of Thailand. Since its opening in May 2012, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles has succeeded in raising the bar professionally for museums not only in Thailand, but in much of Southeast Asia.


A double graduate of UCLA (B.A., art history and M.A., costume history) Dale Carolyn Gluckman is the former head of the department of costumes and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and an independent curator and consultant. She has curated more than two dozen exhibitions and lectured and published widely. For the past six years she has been involved with the creation of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) and is the co-author of the forthcoming English edition of the inaugural catalogue for the QSMT, In Royal Fashion: the Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.


Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The State of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Today: Research, Policies and Programs from Around the World

2:00 – 5:00 PM

The Forum (TCC450), Tudor Campus Center

University of Southern California

University Park Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Web announcement:

Free and open to the public but RSVP requested.


It is not only in the United States that sexual and reproductive health and rights are in jeopardy. Join the Program on Global Health & Human Rights for this exciting two-part dialogue on the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights today. Leading academics and activists from around the world will discuss global developments and focus on opportunities and challenges in a range of countries including Cambodia, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Sponsored by the USC Institute for Global Health.




Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 17, 2012
transformART: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 11am– 4pm

VAALA Cultural Center

1600 North Broadway, second floor

Santa Ana, California 92706

Free admission | | 714.893.6145


Web announcement:

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012, 7-10 pm


The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) proudly presents a visual art exhibit entitled *transformART*. The exhibit aims to show how the creative process can provide alternative ways of looking at concepts such as environmental stewardship / degradation, beauty / trash, consumerism and the “disposable” culture. Twelve diverse Asian American artists will exhibit an intriguing array of works created from found, recycled, or repurposed materials. The artists include: Ann Phong, Aragna Ker, Hung Viet Nguyen, Huynh Thuy Chau, Nguyen Khai, Nguyen Ly, Nuttaphol Ma, Olga Lah, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Trinh Ponce, Tuan Phan, and Viet Le. VAALA strongly believes that transformed art has the potential to transform entrenched viewpoints and habits. The goals of the exhibit and its related events are to engage an ethnically and socially diverse community and elicit community dialogue about topics that are pertinent to our times. The exhibit promises to be the first of its kind in the Southeast Asian American community.


About the Curator: James Dinh received his M.L.A. (Master of Landscape Architecture) degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Environmental Design. He currently works as a landscape architect, designing private and public open spaces. He also heads up Studiodinh, a multi-disciplinary design practice that engages with large and small projects, from site-specific environmental installations to graphic design.


Through March 24, 2013
Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia

Focus Gallery

Pacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles Avenue

Pasadena, California 91101

(626) 449-2742



Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia will provide visitors a chance to experience the connections between art and ritual in the lives of Indonesians through objects created for a range of uses. Rituals remain an integral part of everyday life in many regions of Indonesia, and objects such as finely woven textiles and elegantly prepared knives carry great significance in both ceremony and performance. This exhibition will illuminate those meanings along with a focus on the extraordinary craftsmanship embedded in each object.


December 2, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Cambodian Shop Signs from the Collection of Joel Montague

UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095



Under the brutal Khmer Rouge rule from 1975–79, Cambodia’s cities were systematically emptied of their population, commercial activity ground to a halt, and even the use of currency was prohibited. This genocidal reign was finally brought to an end by the occupation of Cambodia by Vietnamese military forces, who instituted a state-controlled economic system that continued to severely limit private economic activity.


Only with the implementation of the United Nations Transitional Authority in 1990 did private commercial activity begin to revive. Remarkably, Cambodia’s re-populated urban environments came alive with hand painted signs advertising myriad small businesses and personal services. Painted on sheets of metal by commercial artists in tiny makeshift studios and storefronts, the signs bore lively representations of everyday goods or services—car parts, foodstuffs, tailored clothing, medical and beauty services, musical performers, and more. Today these signs provide a window into the brief period when private enterprise bloomed but had not yet come under the sway of international business interests and mass-produced advertising.


Massachusetts-based collector Joel Montague amassed a collection of this ephemeral art in the 1990s and has recently donated this selection of twenty-two of the best hand-painted signs to the Fowler Museum.


Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum at

Sections include:
– The Perfected One: The Buddha
– Buddhist Places
– Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities, Guardians, Holy Men
– Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects

There is quite a bit of information about Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in the “Buddhist Places” section.

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA Campus
Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online.

Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which will feature approximately 250 of the finest objects from the Fowler’s collections in a long-term exhibition that celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works of art play in peoples’ lives.

Although they are scattered throughout the exhibit, there are a number of artifacts from Southeast Asia (Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia) including ancestor figures, puppets, masks, and other sculptures.  There is also a five-minutes film on Indonesia: “Sisilia Sii, Weaver” which focuses on ikat weaving techniques on the island of Flores.
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UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

11274 Bunche Hall

P.O. Box 951487

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Telephone: 310-206-9163

Fax: 310-206-3555