"Power to the People": 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community
A research, policy, and community conference

As the UCLA Asian American Studies Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Center, along with the Asian American Studies Department and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), presents "Power to the People": 50 Years of Bridging Research with Community Conference on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd.


Join us as we bring together diverse and intergenerational communities to appreciate the legacies, genealogies, and futures of Asian American studies and communities. With community engagement at the heart of the field, we strive to strengthen the connection between the university and community-based organizations: that faculty will engage in dialogue with community organizers about future research needs, and that students will be inspired to fulfill community research needs.


Come explore current issues in relation to Asian American and Pacific Islanders and discover how to connect research with community, as well as how to find ways to engage with community, service, and activist organizations.


This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Recordings of the plenaries will be made available after the event.

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Jeff Chang Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed      
Race Forward; We Gon' Be Alright 18MillionRising; UCLA Activist-in-Residence      


Al Muratsuchi
Amy Phillips An Le Ananya Roy Aquilina Soriano-Versoza
66th California
Assembly District
API Legislative Caucus Vice-Chair
Little Tokyo Service Center Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON) Urban Planning — UCLA; Institute on Inequality and Democracy Pilipino Workers Center
Aurora Andalajao Barbara Kim Betty Hung Brenton Inouye Brian Hui
Pilipino Workers Center Asian & Asian American Studies - CSU Long Beach UCLA Labor Center Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) Special Service for Groups
Chanchanit Martorell Cindy Sangalang Connie Chong Joe Daniel Huynh Dean Toji
Thai Community Development Center Asian American Studies and Social Welfare - UCLA Korean American Family Services (KFAM) LA Family Housing Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Environmental Justice Committee
Debra Suh Diane Fujino Donna Tang Emily Reyes Emma Howard
Center for the Pacific Asian Family Asian American Studies - UC Santa Barbara Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles APALA and United Teachers of Los Angeles Policy and Planning, Congressional District 4
Evyn Le Espiritu Gandhi Frances Huynh Gina Masequesmay Grant Sunoo Hammad Alam
Asian American Studies - UCLA Chinatown Community for Equitable Development Asian American Studies - CSU Northridge Little Tokyo Service Center Advancing Justice - LA
Hiroshi Motomura Ivy Daulo James Huynh Jane Nguyen Jennifer Chun
UCLA School of Law U.S. Census Bureau PhD Student, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences; Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County Ktown for All; Invisible People Asian American Studies - UCLA
Jolie Chea Karen Umemoto Kay Lam Kiara Lee Kris Chan
UC President's Postdoc (UCR); Asian American Studies - UCLA UCLA Asian American Studies Center; Urban Planning and Asian American Studies - UCLA API Equality-LA; MA Student, UCLA School of Education Progressive Asian Network for Action Chinatown Community for Equitable Development
Kristin Fukushima Lee Ann Wang Lily Anne Welty Tamai Lisa Fu Lisa Lei
Little Tokyo Community Council Asian American Studies and Social Welfare - UCLA Asian American Studies - UCLA; U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; UNITE HERE Local 11
Lucy Burns Lynn Wang Manjusha Kulkarni Mariko Kahn Meenadchi
Asian American Studies - UCLA Sunrise Movement, Los Angeles Hub Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON) Pacific Asian Counseling Services Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Communication
Melany De La Cruz-Viesca Mihae Jung Natalie Masuoka Nick Greif Panida Musikawong Rzonca
UCLA Asian American Studies Center California Panethnic Health Network Asian American Studies and Political Science - UCLA Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu Thai Community Development Center
Paul Ong Rashmi Choksey Saeromi Kim Sissy Trinh Soo Mee Kim
Urban Planning, Social Welfare, Asian American Studies - UCLA; Institute on the Environment and Sustainability; Center for Neighborhood Knowledge Satrang UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services Southeast Asian Community Alliance Sociology - California State University Los Angeles
Steve S. Kang Susana Sngiem Tavae Samuelu Tracy Zhao Victor Bascara
Koreatown Youth and Community Center United Cambodian Community Empowering Pacific Islander Communities API Equality - LA Asian American Studies, UCLA
Victor Thompson Yvonne Yen Liu
National Pacific Islander Education Network Solidarity Research Center