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International Bruin Spotlights

Virtual Program

Monday, November 16, 2020 to Friday, November 20, 2020

Featured Program


The International Bruin Spotlight series features three international Bruins: Yukta Trivedi, a current Business economics undergraduate student originally from India, Wang Yuzhou, a current graduate student in the Interdepartmental East Asian Studies program from China, and Ashraf Beshay, a recent alumnus from Egypt currently working as Policy Director with the UC Student Association. Through these Humans of New York-inspired interviews, the programis meant to highlight how international students have impacted the UCLA community, how they’re being affected by the UCLA community, and the legacies they are leaving and have left behind.


Organized by the International Ambassador Program student advocacy committee. The program is an initiative of the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars in collaboration with international student leaders working on international student advocacy, hosting events, and bringing the international community together.


Yukta Trivedi (UCLA 2021) 


I definitely consider myself as being from India, even though I’ve lived in a lot of different countries. I visit India at least once or twice a year, and it’s also the culture I’ve been brought up with in my family. My experiences visiting my home country (India) have definitely been interesting because it does feel like a home country, but at the same time I often feel like a bit of an outsider because I’m not fully fluent in Hindi. So, language is definitely a barrier.

I was born in India, and I lived there for a year and a half. After that, I lived in Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and — more recently — the USA. If I had to associate any of those countries with home, it would probably be [a choice] between Singapore and Malaysia. I’ve lived in Singapore for the longest and I spent most of my formative years in both Singapore and Malaysia. I'm super-comfortable in both those countries and have a sense of emotional attachment to them, too.                           Read more...


Yuzhou Wang (UCLA M.A. 2020)

I’m from the city called Changchun in the northeastern part of China. I came to Los Angeles in 2018, so I have been here for about two years. Last year, because everything was normal, I could go back home during the summer break, but this year it was difficult to get a flight, so I am still in LA and have been busy, busy every day since the quarter started.

I’m a second-year master’s student in the East Asian Studies program. Basically, I’m studying the culture and history of China, Japan and Korea. I’m planning to apply for a Ph.D. program this year to continue studying and, hopefully, work in academia.       Read more...


Ashraf Beshay (UCLA B.S. 2018)


I come from a background of being politically active. When I was young, I wasn’t crazy political. But once I hit ninth and tenth grade and the 2011 revolution was happening in Egypt, I gave up this notion that we have to resign ourselves to political decision making and that we don’t have a voice in that process. You know how it is in Egypt: we don’t really go out and meet political officials or a political administration on a daily basis — it’s just not the same culture as in the U.S.


When the revolution happened, I was involved in some of the protests; not intensively, but I was out there. It was a very empowering time period in my own life because it involved shifting my perspective and seeing the collective power of ordinary people who come together and make a statement about what they believe in and what they want to see in their own government. I have my own voice; I don’t have to be the president of a university to utilize it.        Read more...


This event is organized by Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, International Ambassador Program.

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