The UC Asian American Studies Research Colloquium (UCAASRC) is a day-long, student-organized conference that celebrates exemplary student research in Asian American Studies. Bringing together undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA and across the University of California system, UCAARC offers students the opportunity to sharpen professional skills while building community and connection. Students are invited to present research papers and creative projects through a virtual showcase that includes pre-recorded and live presentations. The best submissions will be awarded a prize and featured on the UCAARC website. For more information on how to present your research, click here. For more information on how to join the conference organizing committee, click here.


The UCAARC was organized by Asian American student leaders in response to a community need for connection and networking in a virtual landscape during the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Asian American Studies major Calena Ang and a UC-wide student committee, the first UCAARC profiled the research papers and creative projects of [X] undergraduate students and [Y] graduate students through a combination of pre-recorded and live-streamed presentations. 

2021 UCAARC, [Date/Time]

Link to Conference Schedule

2021 Awardees

1st Place

Panel A

Emily Hong Van Luong

Project Title: A sis bout to drown in these edges: Asian American Appropriation of African American Vernacular English and Coalition-Building in Social Justice Movements

Panel B

Markus Faye Portacio

Project Title: Kultura through Komiks: Philippine Mythology Depicted in Filipino Comic Books

Panel C

Jason Tuan Vu

Project Title: Crossing Empire: Theorizing Settler Carcerality via Southeast Asian Deportation


Grant Cho

Project Title: Issues of Access to Healthcare for Korean Patients in Los Angeles

2nd Place

Panel A

Faith Ngo

Project Title: Conceptions of Bicultural Identities and High School Experience Among Second Generation Vietnamese Americans

Panel B

Ji Yoon Kim

Project Title: Why are you at a community college?”: Examining The Intersection of the Model Minority Myth and Community College Stigma among First and Multi-generation Asian American Community College Students

Panel C

Christian Okubo 

Project Title: Resurrection After Incarceration: The Japanese American Community of Denver, Colorado


Joanne Seung

Project Title: Socio-cultural contributions to differential RNA gene expression in Korean American young adults

3rd Place

Panel A

Michelle Wei

Project Title: The Conundrum of Identity: First Generation Taiwanese American Identity Formation

Panel B

Janie Chen

Project Title: Know History, Know Self: Coming Home for Formerly Incarcerated Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Panel C

Thuy Trang Sabrina Pham Vu

Project Title: Cultivating Stories: Examining Vietnamese Refugee Knowledge & Personhood


Annalyn Diaz

Project Title: Sword and Shield–Ethnic Studies and Culturally-Relevant Pedagogy as Tools for Student Empowerment and Liberation