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Dear AASC friends, colleagues, and supporters:


What can we do in the face of violence, variants, and rollbacks on rights and liberties? As Asian American Studies has taught us, we can draw strength and wisdom from our personal and collective pasts to think critically about the issues of the present and to work towards creating a better future. And here at the Center, we have been focused on doing just that.

Last year, we launched the AAPI Policy Initiative to address the impact and fallout of the pandemic on AAPI communities. Eighteen members of our faculty and their students across the UCLA campus have been conducting research and formulating recommendations for advocacy and policy change related to health, immigration, housing, the economy, and addressing anti-Asian hate. The first of these policy reports, specifically on Asian American businesses, are available on our website. The research findings from the other reports will be released at a policy summit in the fall. We invite you learn more about the initiative and join us (stay tuned for details!).


This year, we received state funding for the AAPI Multimedia Textbook to educate high school students and the general public about the AAPI experience and our contributions to American society -- past, present, and possible. As a free, open-access resource, we are looking to meet the need for ethnic studies resources, as well as to bring the stories of our communities into more classrooms and into every home. We are grateful to the California Asian American & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and our donors and contributors for their support on both initiatives.


These efforts will set a foundation for the next generation of change makers and open up unlimited possibilities for the future. We are grateful for your support and trust in these endeavors. We hope you will continue to join us on this path as we work to expand what we are collectively able to see, do, and imagine.

With warm regards,


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Remembering Franklin Odo (1939-2022)

Franklin Odo was a pioneer in Asian American Studies and he was interviewed as part of the UCLA Collective Memories project.

To learn more about him, please view his oral history interview conducted on October 30, 2018.

Project Spotlights

  Reports and Publications

Asian American, Latino, Black and White Voters in Los Angeles City Elections

Racial Diversity and Representation in 2020 and 2022
Natalie Masuoka & Nathan Chan


Korean & Asian American Journalists Writing Truth to Power
Edited by Russell C. Leong, Karen Umemoto, & Soo Mee Kim, with Vince Leus


Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair & SaIGu Book Reception

Los Angeles, CA


Join us in celebrating Kyeyoung Park, Professor of Anthropology & Asian American Studies and the launch of Sa I Gu: Korean & American Journalists Writing Truth to Power

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 6pm, UCLA James West Alumni Center Founders Room


Never Forget

an Online Exhibition of Archival Posters from the Transnational Movement against Martial Law in the Philippines.


Join us for the launch of Never Forget with Enrique de la Cruz, Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough, Joy Sales, and Josen Masangkay Diaz; Moderated by Lucy MSP Burns and Karen Umemoto

Tuesday, June 6, 12:30-1:45pm


AAPI Policy Summit 2022


Building Solutions for an Equitable Future

DATE: Friday, February 10, 2023

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center | Centennial Ballroom
425 Westwood Plaza | Los Angeles, CA 90095





  What's News

2022-23 Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship Awarded to Graduate Student Brian Kohaya and Undergraduate Student Steven Tran


Assistant Professor Thuy Vo Dang Awarded 2022-2023 C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA


UCLA Professor Kyeyoung Park Appointed to Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Korean American Studies

Please join us at a special reception honoring Kyeyoung Park on Tuesday, May 30, 6-8pm PST, UCLA James West Alumni Center, Founders Room

Announcing Amy Uyematsu Papers at UCLA

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center is proud to announce the recent donation of papers from UCLA alumnus, math teacher, and American poet Amy Uyematsu.

Asian American Studies Center to create free resource for high school teachers

Housing Insecurity Persists for Renters of Color amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened California's chronic economic and housing inequalities for low-income and people-of-color households. This research brief uses data from the US Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey (HPS) and California's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to analyze the experience of renters and their participation in critical emergency rental-assistance programs.

Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation

Asian American Studies Center
Statement on Recent Hate Incident

Asian American Businesses: The Impacts of Anti-Asian Racism, 2021

Asian American Businesses: Identifying Gaps and Supporting Recovery 2021

Potential Differential Undercount in 2020 Census Redistricting Data: Los Angeles County, California 2021

1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre, 150th Year Commemoration

Watch the commemorative performance, program, and panel discussion.

Vanessa Unmuted tackles Anti-Asian Hate

The Center released a new online "Storybook" as part of its ongoing efforts to provide educational and interactive learning materials about the history and experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Congratulations to Professor Renee Tajima-Pena and the team of PBS' Asian Americans series on their Peabody Win in the Documentary Category!