Message from the Vice Provost of the Institute of American Cultures
David K. Yoo

Welcome to the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), and please explore our website to learn more about our research. The IAC is the administrative home of the four ethnic studies centers – the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Chicano Studies Research Center, and the Ralph J. Bunch Center for African American Studies. These organized research units (ORU) of the University of California were established in 1969 and for over forty-five years have been involved in advancing research grounded in the experiences and issues of diverse communities in the greater Los Angeles area, but also throughout the United States and internationally and transnationally as well. In this way, the research of the IAC reaches and draws from the entire university and through partnerships with many stakeholders and constituencies that literally span the globe. As an integral part of a world-class university with a public mission, the IAC examines the dynamic and complex social, economic, political, and cultural formations that are the United States.