At the Emporium Thai Cuisine on Westwood Boulevard, siblings from the Sungkamee family cook up Southern Thai specialties. The restaurant is well-known for its one-to-10 spiciness rating scale. The Sungkamee family, which immigrated to America by chance, specializes in the food business. 

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Westwood Thai restaurant the result of family’s journey

John Sungkamee struggled to adapt to his new surroundings when he first arrived in the U.S. from southern Thailand more than 20 years ago. It was his start working in restaurants that taught him how to interact with customers and gave him insight into how the business operated, he said. More »

Former Election Board member against shorter voting period

A former member of the undergraduate student government election board is formally challenging the current board’s decision to shorten the election voting period. Next week, the Undergraduate Students Association Council Judicial Board plans to review a petition calling for the current elections calendar to be extended. More »

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(Secretly Canadian) Stuff from the Shelf: ‘An Argument With Myself’ makes the ordinary, extraordinary

The cabinets near the Arts & Entertainment desk are cluttered with CDs, DVDs, books and various press copies sent to us by generous promoters. Most of it, unfortunately, has never gone on to receive attention by our staff – until now. More »

In the Shadows

Read our feature series about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Malawi, a country that outlaws homosexuality and in which UCLA has a strong research presence. The Daily Bruin spent 24 days in Malawi talking to LGBT Malawians, activists and researchers about the health care and human rights challenges the community faces. The reporting in Malawi was made possible by the Bridget O’Brien Scholarship Foundation, which is in its sixth year of funding UCLA journalism with global reach and local impact.

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