On November 1 of this year, the UCLA Asia Institute was renamed the
Asia Pacific Center (APC). Under the leadership of the new director Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American
Studies and Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China
Relations and Communications, the APC is dedicated to advancing the
study of the interconnectedness and interrelations of nations and
peoples of Asia and the Pacific region in a global context. The APC
will carry on the core programs of the Asia Institute and build on
the interdisciplinary work established and nurtured over the past
twelve years under the able direction of Prof. R. Bin Wong. The
Center’s 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. In the
future, we plan to expand our innovative programming to promote the
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.
program will host two visiting scholars from Academia Sinica in
Taiwan: Prof. Allen Chun of the Institute of Ethnology will be in
residence in the UCLA Anthropology department in winter quarter,
conducting research on taste in the evolution of cuisines. Prof.
Chiung-yun (Evelyn) Liu of the Institute of Chinese Literature and
Philosophy will be a visiting professor in the Asian Languages and
Cultures department in spring, co-teaching a seminar on premodern
May 12-13, 2017, we will host a conference on Zuozhuan in
the Context of Warring States Texts to celebrate the publication of a
new translation of Zuo Tradition/Zuozhuan, organized by Dean of
Humanities David Schaberg, who co-edited the volume.
this year, we welcomed a new director, Prof. Domenico Ingenito of the
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
has launched a new series on Central Asia in Transition: Literature,
Religion, and Society from the 11th to the 21st Century. Lecture
topics include religious policies of the Mongol Empire, local
reverberations of the Persianate literary system in the formation of
Pamiri identity, and the magnificent ascent of first Buddhist then
Islamic Balkh and its artistic syncretism.
will also continue with the series on Afghan Studies and Climate
Change in Central Asia.
We invite you to visit our website to learn about the Asia
Pacific Center and our activities.
If you are considering making a tax-deductible donation during this
season of giving, please click here. We are grateful for your
We wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and look forward to
seeing you at some of our events in the new year!
Director Min Zhou (front row, second from left) meets with educational
administrators from China, together with Vice Provost Cindy Fan and
Professor James Tong.
Lu (Yale University) speaks about lenses in 17th-century China for the
Taiwan Studies Lectureship.
Director Domenico Ingenito with Gabrielle van den Berg (Leiden
University) in October.