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Thursday, April 16th @ Campbell Hall

Pakistan’s acclaimed Hamza Akram Qawwal & Brothers are making waves around the world for their riveting interpretations of qawwali, an ancient Sufi improvisational vocal tradition that dates back more than seven centuries. Akram and his brothers are the 26th generation of their musical lineage, trained in qawwali since childhood.

Point of Pride

The Department of Asian American Studies at UCSB was the very first academic department dedicated to the study of Asian Americans at a major research university, and the first department in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies.
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Student Organizations

Asian American Student Organizations

Asian American Christian Fellowship

The Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) is to reach into the university and collegiate community, primarily to those who are Asian Pacific Americans, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Our Vision We are committed to making disciples by educating and equipping students in biblical foundations, Christian disciplines, and the development of spiritual gifts in order to prepare them for witness and service on the campus, in the local church, in the marketplace, and in world missions.

Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (APIA)
The Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a collective of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) staff, faculty and students at the University of California Santa Barbara that aims to create a supportive, proactive, and knowledge sharing community in order to ensure a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus for the AAPI identified individuals.

Bhangra
Bhangra is a Northern Indian folk dance that is done to celebrate the harvest season.There are many competitions throughout the United States. It's a fast=paced, energetic 7 minute routine that entertains the audience. We consist of a team of about 12 people.

Chinese Outdoor Adventure Association (COAA)
We are looking forward to building a stronger community of students with a Chinese cultural background, and who love having outdoor activities and adventures. Although we focus on hosting events for Chinese students, we also welcome all UCSB students as well as staffs to join us. You will have the opportunities to meet new people who share the same passion as you do, and experience a variety of outdoor expeditions and training programs for a great time. On top of all the enjoyable events in Santa Barbara, we believe safety is our first priority.
Chinese Student Association
The Chinese Student Association are dedicated in promoting Chinese culture, awareness, and acceptance while at the same time, providing a medium to unite fellow students in common interest.
Hong Kong Student Association

Hong Kong Student Association is a social-oriented student club founded in 2005. HKSA open to all UCSB students who are interested in Hong Kong culture. The club has the mission to promote Hong Kong cultures.

Iaorana Te Otea (ITO)
Iaorana Te Otea teaches students the rich Polynesian culture through the unique dances of some of the many islands.
Indian Association of Santa Barbara

This organization is dedicated to spreading the culture of India in the city of Santa Barbara. We organize fun events celebrating some of the traditional Indian festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Navratri (Garba) etc. Events spread through the calendar year.

Indus (South Asian Student Association)
Indus is dedicated to bringing students of South Asian ethnicity and those who are interested in South Asian culture together to celebrate and spread awareness of our heritage.
Japanese Student Association (JSA)
Japanese Student Association at UCSB is a registered campus organization aimed to raise greater awareness and appreciation of Japanese culture and traditions through events and activities. We are here to provide a community for those interested in taking part in our organization. At the same time we are proud of being a support group for our Japanese exchange students and Nikkei students who hope to reconnect with their heritage.
Kapatirang Pilipino
Kapatirang Pilipino, (KP), is one of the largest API organizations on campus. Started over thirty years ago as Pilipino Student Union, KP strives to uphold the four pillars on which our community was built upon: Academic, Cultural, Political, and Social. KP has a wealth of resources for our members such as the Ate/Kuya/Ading Mentorship Program, cultural and political workshops, intramural sports teams, and various social activities. You do not have to identify as Pilipino to join. All are welcome to come and attend events as long as you come with an open mind, ready to make new friends!
Korean American Student Association
The Korean American Student Association is an organization that promotes Korean culture through social, political, cultural, and community events. At the Korean American Student Association, Korean Americans gather to bolster a sense of American heritage through serving the community such as the LA Riots commemoration and raising community awareness, spreading the ideals and values of what it means to be Korean-Americans, and creating professional and social opportunities to meet great people and build lasting connections.
Nikkei Student Union
Nikkei Student Union is a Japanese/Japanese-American interest group here at UCSB. Open to all peoples of different backgrounds, views, and cultures, this club is a place of dialogue and awareness of Japanese/Japanese-American/Asian-American cultures, issues, and topics. We put on cultural events, community-based projects, and social gatherings.
Queer Asian and Pacific Islanders
QAPI provides a safe space for individuals who identify as queer and Asian, and is an outlet for expressing and exploring the intersectionality of these identities.
RaaSBindaas at UCSB (Raas at UCSB)
UCSB RaaSBindaas is the premier co-ed Raas/Garba dance team on campus! Raas is a South Asian cultural dance form that originates from Gujarat, India. We strive to combine the styles of traditional Raas and Garba and aim to expose Santa Barbara to the beautiful traditions and culture of Gujarat while keeping it modern and creating a great experience for the team.
Ravaani
Ravaani is UCSB's only South Asian A Capella Team. This close-knit team performs original mash-ups of English songs with Indian songs of various languages, embracing the diverse musical and ethnic backgrounds of its members. Ravaani's goal is to revel in the music, bring a family atmosphere to to the team, and to make the a capella experience fun, honest, and raw. The team's name means 'flow' or 'tide', inspired by our seaside campus. No prior experience is needed to audition for the team, just musical talent, and passion for singing and teamwork!
Seoul’d Out!
Korean pop (K-Pop) music is a fast-growing movement whose influence is currently expanding beyond South Korea. Formerly a niche interest that catered to a specific fan demographic, K-Pop is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. This export of Korean culture and entertainment is also known as the Hallyu Wave. As the second collegiate Hallyu organization in the United States, Seoul’d Out strives to be an exemplary community that offers members a safe, intellectually stimulating environment to discuss, critique, and participate in K-Pop fandom. Seoul’d Out will bring together the K-Pop community of Santa Barbara by offering fun and casual meetings that also serve as opportunities to make meaningful connections to K-Pop fans throughout the world.
South Asian Student Association
The purpose of this organization is to promote cultural awareness of the Southeast Asian community and to provide a safe and open space for students to express themselves in. Our main goal is to host an overnight youth conference for underprivileged high school students in California. In doing so, we hope to encourage and empower Southeast Asian youths to pursue higher education and to be more aware of community problems.
Taiwanese American Student Association
To promote Taiwanese American cultural awareness in the UCSB community and to provide unity among Taiwanese American students through social and cultural events.
Taiwanese Student Association
To enhance the cultural understanding of Taiwanese. To help new Taiwanese graduate students to get used to UCSB. To provide a good environment for Taiwanese graduate students to get together, have fun and support each other.
Team HBV at UC Santa Barbara (Team HBV)
The mission of Team HBV Collegiate Chapters is to educate campus and local communities about hepatitis B and liver cancer, which disproportionately affect Asian and Pacific Islanders. Team HBV at UC Santa Barbara is a recognized student organization at University of California, Santa Barbara. It is one of twenty-one Team HBV Collegiate Chapters in the United States, which together serve as the educational and outreach arms of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and the international Jade Ribbon Campaign.
Vietnamese Student Association
The Vietnamese Student Association at UCSB, aims to promote friendship and share our culture among our members and our surrounding community. VSA strive to enhance our cultural awareness through hosting and assisting social, cultural, and community service activities such as the annual cultural show, general meetings, outreach events, picnics, BBQ's, sports, camping trip, etc. VSA work closely with UCSB, other campuses, and surrounding communities in order to fulfill our mission statement, help out the community, and at the same time enrich our college experience

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Student Services

Asian Resource Center

The ARC promotes education and awareness of the diverse ethnicities within the Asian American community. The center also provides a supportive environment to develop an appreciation for one’s identity.

East Asia Center (EAC)

Separate from the ARC, the East Asia Center organizes lectures and events on the culture, history, politics and societies of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The center’s listserv keeps students updated on events, available fellowships and grants.

Education Abroad Program

EAP allows students to study abroad in one of 40 countries worldwide while earning course credit. There are program opportunities for every major, and lengths range from one quarter to one year. eap.ucsb.edu

The Department of Asian American Studies

The Department of Asian American Studies was one of the first departments in the U.S. devoted to the study of Asian Americans. Students learn to evaluate literature, analyze data and conduct original research on Asian American communities. 

East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies

The East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department is dedicated to the study of China, Japan and Korea. It offers bachelor’s degrees in Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese and minors in Chinese and Japanese. Graduates go on to work in business, banking, law, diplomacy, public service, translation and more.