Kent Wong


Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies.

Kent served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Previously, Kent worked as staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union in Los Angeles. He also served as the first staff attorney for Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Los Angeles, the largest Asian American civil rights organization in the country.

Kent is currently a vice-president of the California Federation of Teachers.  He also was founding president of the United Association for Labor Education, representing union and university-based labor educators.

Kent has published more than a dozen books.  His two most recent books are Revolutionary Nonviolence, capturing the teachings of Rev. James Lawson Jr., and Asian American Workers Rising.

Kent is married to Jai Lee Wong, who works with the California Women’s Foundation, and they have two sons, Ryan and Robin.