Greetings from the Chair
Welcome to the UCLA Asian American Studies Department!
Håfa adai and greetings! Welcome to the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA. Our faculty specialize in the study of diverse Asian American communities, diasporas, and histories in the United States and internationally. As an interdisciplinary unit, we also engage the fields of anthropology, gender studies, geography, history, literature, political science, public health, sociology, social welfare, and theater, to name a few. As such, our faculty offer innovative courses about class, empire, indigeneity, race, religion, and sexuality in the Americas, Asia, Oceania and globally. We also work closely with artists, filmmakers, and organizers in Los Angeles; K-12 teachers and curricula developers in California and nationally; public policy entities at the state and federal levels; and top-tier research foundations, institutions, and universities across the country and internationally. A collegial, rigorous, and inspiring group of scholars thus make up the Asian American Studies Department. Together, we produce high-impact research that seeks to achieve equity, justice, and sovereignty.
What does this all mean for students? Ultimately, we train students to develop research projects that matter to their communities, that make a critical difference in the world, and that prepare them for the future. As a result, our students pursue rewarding careers as academics, actors, attorneys, filmmakers, journalists, labor organizers, policy makers, poets, public health practitioners, social workers, teachers and more. Majoring in Asian American Studies helps them to achieve these goals. Please contact our student advisor for additional information.
Keith L. Camacho
Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies Department
The Asian American Studies Department at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the honuukvetam (ancestors) ‘ahiihirom (elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.