UCLA Asian American Studies Center

3230 Campbell Hall
Box 951546
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
Phone. 310.825.2974
Fax. 310.206.9844

The main office is open from 9am to 5pm.
Please see individual units for availability.

Partnerships--Local, National, and Global

Since its founding in 1969, the Center has established partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges with hundreds of public and private institutions across the nation and around the world, and has played a critical role in developing Southern California's infrastructure of social service agencies, civil rights organizations, museums, historical societies, media and cultural groups, and business associations that serve and represent the Asian American and Pacific Islander population. A list of selected organizations includes (but is not limited to) the following

(click here for list).

The Center's major accomplishments include:

Nearly 60 Faculty Members, the largest and most diverse faculty of any university in the United States

10 Endowed Chaired Professorships, Research Programs, and Lectures

More Than 25 Scholarships, Fellowships, and Academic Prizes

Two National Scholarly Journals and Award-Winning Center Press

Largest Asian American Studies Library and Archives in the Nation

Established strong working relationships with hundreds of organizations and leaders in California, nationally, and globally

Our Historical Mission

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center was established during the 1969-1970 academic year as a result of faculty, student, alumni, and community advocacy. "The Center," the founding steering committee wrote in its proposal to the UCLA administration in 1969, "will hopefully enrich the experience of the entire university by contributing to an understanding of the long neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans in our society."

Through its programs in research, teaching, publications and other endeavors, the Center has pursued its original mission, and has sought to enrich and inform not only the UCLA community, but also an array of broader audiences and sectors in the state, the nation, and internationally.

Today, UCLA is recognized as the premier research and teaching institution in the field of Asian American Studies.

Director's Message

As we greet the start of spring, we also mourn the deaths of those 50 worshipers slain by a white nationalist at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This follows a rise in Islamophobia and anti-immigrant hostilities in many cities across Europe and the US. Of grave concern is the role of government leaders in fanning flames of resentment and animosity. Regardless of political persuasion, the harming of innocent people is uncondonable.

Over the past 50 years, Asian American Studies and ethnic studies more broadly as a scholarly field has worked to educate the public about the rich history of this diverse nation. It has interrogated exclusionary policies and violent actions taken against slaves, immigrants and those indigenous to these lands and oceans. We have done this so that there may be greater understanding and respect for one another across our differences, seeing that education can carve paths towards a more just and inclusive future.

Our upcoming lecture series spotlights the issues of asylum and deportation to facilitate informed discussion on these issues. This Stanley Kwok Lau and Dora Wong Lau Distinguished Lecture Series features Prof. Mae Ngai from Columbia University and members of the Release Minnesota 8 on May 15th and May 23rd, respectively. We hope you can join us as we launch events we hope you will find relevant to our times as we commemorate our 50th Anniversary.



Karen Umemoto, Ph.D.

Helen and Morgan Chu Endowed Director's Chair

Asian American Studies Center