The Team


Renee Tajima Peña



About EthnoCommunications

The UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications in the Asian American Studies Center was founded in 1996 by Professor Emeritus and filmmaker Robert Nakamura to promote the documentation, preservation, and creative expression of diverse ethnic experiences through the use of emerging media and communications technologies.

EthnoCommunications programs are innovative collaborations among media artists, students, scholars and communities that advance new approaches to analysis, engagement, and representation of marginalized cultures, peoples and histories.

The Center for EthnoCommunications is comprised of three main components: the academic program, film and digital media production, and campus to community engagement.

Student Film Catalogue

The updated Center for EthnoCommunications student film catalogue includes over 200+ student films that have been made over the last thirteen years. Here are highlights from our alumni:

"Pilgrimage" by Tadashi Nakamura

"The Seattle Underground Railroad" and "Lost and Found" by Tam Tran

"IsLAm" by Walter Thompson-Hernández

"Cultural Collage" by 'Inoke Hafoka

"Two Women, a Brother, and a Baby" by Ali Wong

To check these films out from the EthnoCommunications library for educational or screening purposes, please email