About Us: The Asian American Studies Center (AASC)
UCLA Asian American Studies Center
3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
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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).
During the past 40 years, the Center has:
- Recruited the largest faculty in Asian American Studies in the nation, with 38 professors.
- Built the largest teaching program, with a B.A. major and minor, an M.A. major, and in 2004, the Department of Asian American Studies.
- Since 1971, published the leading scholarly journal in Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, and over 200 books on Asian Americans. In 2003, the Center launched a second national journal, AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community.
- Developed the most diverse library and archival resources on Asian Americans 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.
For over forty years, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center has been at the forefront of educating the American public about the intellectual, cultural, and political diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience. Leading experts from across the country judged the Center recently and concluded: "The Asian American Studies Center at UCLA is indisputably the leading Asian American Studies center in the country and an exemplary ethnic studies center of any kind, the gold standard against which all the rest are measured." The Center, through its mission to "educate through innovation," is recognized as the premier site of scholarship and publications, research and archives, and programs around public policy and leadership.
The Center continues to initiate an agenda for the future through new programs and partnerships with the social sciences and humanities, as well as professional schools of law, public policy, education, and public health. In an increasingly global and transnational environment, innovation has taken the shape of visionary international initiatives such as the U.S-China Media Brief. These programs signal a movement in which Center collaborations will push beyond traditional intellectual and physical boundaries to creatively connect the campus community to scholars and leaders in other parts of the world.
The Asian American Studies Center has been uniquely influenced by and has sought to maintain mutually beneficial relations with a diverse range of constituencies and audiences from scholars to policy decision-makers, and from local social services agencies to museums and civil rights groups in Los Angeles and nationwide. The Center has been committed throughout its history to be actively engaged in the development of the next generation of leaders for the diverse ethnic and immigrant communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
One of the early editors of the Center's Amerasia Journal stated that these collective and wide-ranging efforts "helped unearth a buried past, to heal a fractured psyche, and to give voice to what were once unarticulated stirrings.... The challenge ... lies in visualizing new futures and inspiring our collective will to transform these freshly created dreams into new realities." It is to these new futures and new realities that the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA is engaged and committed.