The UCLA Program on Central Asia, established in 2008, is led by the Asia Pacific Center and directed by Professor Domenico Ingenito (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). The program promotes the interdisciplinary and interregional study of Central Asia, serving as an “intellectual crossroads” at which scholars working on India, China, the Middle East and Europe can exchange ideas with visiting specialists on Central Asia itself to advance scholarship and understanding of the region.PoCA organizes the Central Asia Workshop, an interdisciplinary discussion group established in 2011 whose goal is to encourage graduate student research on Central Asia by creating a space where students and interested faculty can discuss research, theory and ideas with others who have experience or interest in the region.
The Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. Its main goals are to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information; to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in the United States; and to celebrate the Silk Road’s tradition of hospitality. The Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.