UCLA researchers receive grants to study needs of California’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

By Emily Jo Wharry |

Four UCLA research teams were awarded a total of more than $560,000 in grants from the AAPI Data project at UC Riverside. The awards will support social science research on the needs of California’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.


The grants are funded by a $10 million allocation to AAPI Data provided by the California State Legislature in 2021, part of the state’s $166.5 million Asian and Pacific Islander Equity Budget.


  • Saba Waheed and colleagues at the UCLA Labor Center received $149,000 for an in-depth study examining the nail salon industry in California. The project is a collaboration with the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and Professor Preeti Sharma of Cal State Long Beach.

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