UCLA International Institute
Asia Pacific Center

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

About Us

Mission Statement

The Asia Pacific Center (APC), formerly the Asia Institute, is dedicated to advancing the study of Asia and the Pacific region in a global context. Its programs cover East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia with a broad focus on the economic, political, historical, social and cultural dynamics in and beyond Asia. The center fosters innovative programming, research, teaching, and international collaborations that cross conventional geographical and disciplinary boundaries. It promotes greater knowledge and understanding of Asia and the Pacific region in the ongoing process of globalization not only at UCLA, but also to the wider academic and the general public communities. The center is designated as a National Resource Center on East Asia under the auspices of the US Department of Education’s Title VI program.

The center is currently home to the UCLA Program on Central Asia and hosts the Taiwan Studies Lectureship.

Administrative Staff

Min Zhou
Director, Asia Pacific Center

Elizabeth Leicester
Executive Director, Asia Pacific Center

Aaron Miller
Assistant Director, Asia Pacific Center

Executive Committee

Robert Buswell
Distinguished Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Domenico Ingenito
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP
Director, UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health; Professor of Health Policy and Management

Shu-mei Shih
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures