AAPI Policy

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) launched its Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Policy Initiative in the midst of the pandemic in 2021. We build on our long history as a recognized leader in Asian American Studies with a track record of excellence in applied policy research, publications, and leadership development.

The aim of the AAPI Policy Initiative is to support and produce research in collaboration with nonprofit advocacy organizations and policy makers to uplift AAPI perspectives in civic life and public decision-making in California and across the nation. As a nonpartisan research entity housed under AASC, the AAPI Policy Initiative will conduct applied research, develop and disseminate research reports and policy briefs, collaborate with stakeholders in policy formulation, conduct implementation and policy evaluation, and facilitate engagement between stakeholders, policy makers, and government decision-makers.





State funds were allocated to 15 policy research projects to inform COVID recovery efforts in California. Our faculty, staff, and their students have been conducting research and formulating recommendations for advocacy and policy change related to health, housing, the economy, immigration, arts, AANHPI data equity, and addressing anti-Asian hate.

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Healthcare Access and Equity



Food Insecurity among Asian Americans in California: Increased Risk among Older Adults  
Principal Investigator: May Wang, Professor, Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Author(s): Lilly A. Nhan, May C. Wang


The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) COVID-19 Dashboard: Examining the Impact of the Pandemic on Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 
Principal Investigator: Ninez Ponce, Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Economic Recovery




Immigrant protections and policies




Combating Hate


AANHPI Data Equity and Disaggregation

Anti-Asian Hate Creative Project Activities

Three creative projects, led by UCLA faculty to combat anti-Asian racism, were also provided funding and include the following: