UCLA International Institute
Asia Pacific Center

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

About Us

Mission Statement

The UCLA Asia Pacific Center promotes greater knowledge and understanding of Asia and the Pacific region on campus and in the community through innovative research, teaching, public programs, and international collaborations. It focuses on the inter-Asian and transpacific cultural and social connections from historical, contemporary, and comparative perspectives. It encourages interdisciplinary work on cross-border and supranational issues such as language and culture, population and environment, technology, politics, socioeconomic development, and sustainability in the ongoing processes of globalization.

The center is designated as a National Resource Center on East Asia under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program. It 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