Multilingual La La Land

Language Use in Greater Los Angeles Communities

International Education Week

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Monday, November 15, 2021 to Monday, November 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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Dr. Claire Chik, Associate Director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center, will lead a three-panel webinar on the languages of the Greater Los Angeles area. The panels will feature presentations and discussions by the authors from the recent Routledge publication Multilingual La La Land: Language Use in Sixteen Greater Los Angeles Communities.

This event will be hosted online via Zoom webinar. You can register for free by clicking on the "Register" button above. 


12 – 1:10 pm - Panel on French, Hebrew/Yiddish, and Armenian 

  • Introduction
    • Claire Chik, Ph.D. (NHLRC, University of California, Los Angeles
  • French in Greater Los Angeles: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Mina Soroosh, Ph.D. (Geffen Academy at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Hebrew and Yiddish in Greater Los Angeles: Bilingualism, Metalinguistic Communities, and Ethnolinguistic Infusion
    • Netta Avineri, Ph.D. (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
    • Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D. (Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion)
  • Armenian in Greater Los Angeles: Negotiating Intralinguistic Diversity in a Diaspora Epicenter
    • Shushan Karapetian, Ph.D. (Institute of Armenian Studies, University of Southern California)
    • Hagop Kouloujian, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)

1:10 – 1:20 pm - Break

1:20 – 2:20 pm - Panel on South Asian languages, Khmer, and Chinese

  • Languages of South Asia in Greater Los Angeles: Diversity Diversified
    • Gyanam Mahajan, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Khmer Language Use and Presence in the Linguistic Landscape of Greater Los Angeles’ Cambodia Town
    • Wayne Wright, Ph.D. (Purdue University)
    • Virak Chan, Ph.D. (Purdue University)
  • Chinese: Multiple Varieties in a Changing Greater Los Angeles
    • Ming-Hsuan Wu, Ph.D. (Adelphi University)

2:20 – 2:30 pm - Break

2:30 – 3:35 pm - Panel on Japanese, Russian, and Vietnamese

  • Japanese: Language Practices and Cultural Exposure over Multiple Generations in Greater Los Angeles
    • Asako Hayashi, Ed.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • Mary Ann Triest, Ed.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Russian in Greater Los Angeles: A Changing Landscape
    • Susan Kresin, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • Susan Bauckus (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • Dante Matero (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Vietnamese: Language Use in Little Saigon and Other Greater Los Angeles Neighborhood
    • Bang Lang Do (California State University, Fullerton)
  • Concluding Remarks
    • Claire Chik (NHLRC, University of California, Los Angeles)

Sponsor(s): National Heritage Language Resource Center, Center for World Languages