The Student Experience

Featured Alumni


Amethy Zihui Lu

Current job: Encyclopedia Britannica, Chinese Editorial Project Manager and Editor (in charge of the update and publication of Chinese products)

"Not only did MAPS teach me valuable knowledge and an efficient way of doing research, it also provided students with a rigorous and inspiring curriculum along with a broad, diverse array of choices, from which we were able to realize our personal growth and professional development."

Market Manager for Japan and South Asia - George Alessandria
Leading the push by Lucent Technologies into the lucrative communication technology markets of East, Southeast, and South Asia and pursuing an Executive MBA.

Vice President and Corporate Marketing Director - Steven Borg
Engineering the sale of a Japanese-owned bank to a regional U.S. bank group, and assisting in the merger with another resulted in the establishment of the California Bank & Trust, and now building the company's community banking business.

Senior Research Assistant - Eric Croddy
Studying the implications of the complex and challenging 'new world order' in relation to the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

Language Teacher - Ginger Daughtry
Providing English language instruction to child and adult students at Aeon, one of the oldest and largest language schools in Japan, with over 450 foreign teachers in 200 schools teaching over 65,000 students.

Senior Financial Writer - Sarah Douglass
Analyzing financial issues for Montgomery Asset Management ranging from the effects of the Asian crisis to prospects for further growth in internet stocks.

Assistant Director of Research - Heather Easley
Expanding the knowledge base of the Japan External Trade Organization, providing critical information for American and Japanese business leaders.

Regional Policy and Information Officer - Mona Laczo
Based in Bangkok and traveling to trouble spots throughout Southeast Asia, fulfilling the humanitarian mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Strategic Business Consultant - Joseph Liba
Offering freelance joint venture, information technology and business process re-engineering services to multinational companies in Bangkok, Thailand.

North Asia Manager - Jim McAdam
Overseeing the huge shipping and transportation network of the American President Lines from the APL offices in Tokyo.

Arts Entrepreneur - William O'Dea
Exporting musical and artistic talent from the U.S. to China and importing arts and crafts from China to the U.S. at the head of his own company, Tang 1000.

Manager of Contract Services - Lee Okumoto
Helping to move the San Francisco International Airport into the 21st Century.

Director of Development and Public Relations - Beth Porter
Building the future of American education at the non-profit, international AmeriCorps program Summerbridge National, dedicated to providing support, encouragement and educational challenge to exceptional urban youth.

Public Programs Officer - Lorraine Snyder
Planning and producing major outreach events involving key policy makers, noted educators, and the general public at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C.

Online Marketing Specialist - Mayumi Story
Promoting computer gaming and software magazines online for Imagine Media, the publishers of Mac Addict, PC Gamer and Business 2.0.

Consultant and Investment Promotion Officer - Robin Won
Supplying expertise and experience at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to companies seeking to invest in the former colony as it adjusts to being part of China in an increasingly competitive trade environment.

Featured Research Projects

Tiffany Crow

"The Plight of North Korean Women in China: Evaluating the Relationship between Refugee Status, Human Trafficking, and Prostitution"

This research project looks at critical issues pertaining to North Korean women trafficked into China. Specifically, because of legal and cultural dynamics, these human rights victims are manipulated and coerced into situations that leave them vulnerable and powerless; moreover, the cultural and social advocacy of trafficking, along with legal corruption, leave these victims without adequate support and trapped in harmful situations, violating international protocols pertaining to both refugee and women's rights.

Tiffany Crow is a 2014 graduate of the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies program at the University of San Francisco (USF) and a recipient of the 2014 Graduate Student Leadership Award. She received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. As an active member of the USF community, she worked with the Graduate Student Senate and the Ricci Library. Her sympathy for underrepresented populations has led her to pursue research and writing on this social issue facing Asian peoples, and she hopes to continue her work studying populations in Asia who are victims of human trafficking.

Amethy Zihui Lu

"Noh Theater and Postwar Japanese Film"

This research aims to demonstrate Noh theater's continuing influence on contemporary Japanese film. Different kinds of films produced after the Second World War are analyzed in this case study.

Amethy Zihui Lu received her Bachelor's Degree in English in Soochow University, China, and then came to the University of San Francisco to study in the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) Program. She has published several essays in Chinese, and the biography she wrote for Liangshu Lu, the former president of China Agricultural Science Academy, is also in press. Her current research interests are East Asian theater and cinema, along with the interaction among different genres of East Asian visual entertainment, with an emphasis on China and Japan. Currently, she is the Chinese Editorial Project Manager and Editor for Encyclopedia Britannica.

Fang Qi

"A Terra Nullius Place? An Investigation of the Sovereignty over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Before 1895"

The territorial dispute over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has long been one of the most complicated international controversies since the early 1970s, when both China and Japan started to show great concern and interest in this seemingly insignificant place. Pro-China scholars claim that China firstly discovered, named and utilized the islands as early as Ming Dynasty, while pro-Japan scholars assert that the islands were actually terra nullius (unadministrated territory) before 1895.

Fang Qi is a graduate of Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies student at University of San Francisco (USF) and a graduate of Shanghai International Studies University with a major in Japanese. At USF she has worked as a research assistant at the Center for the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, teaching assistant for the history class East Asian Civilizations, and Chinese language tutor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Her primary academic interests include the comparative history of East Asia and Pan-Pacific international relations. She is also very interested in drawing mangas and making traditional Chinese handicrafts.

More Student Research Projects

Students in the Asia Pacific Studies Program write research papers in conferral with professors and their expertise in methodology, bibliography and research design:

  • "Breaking Through the Glass: Challenges for Women in Japanese Management" - Sharon Aretsky
  • "Dangerous Ground: The South China Sea Territorial Dispute" - John W. Batcheller
  • "The Feminine Face of Imperial China: A Lyrical Review of China's Historic Women and their Contribution to Politics, Poetry, Art and Society" - Paul C. Bellows
  • "Myanmar: A Potential 'Asian Miracle?' Prospects for Myanmar Analyzed in the Context of the Indonesian Development Framework" - Sarah E. Thorn Douglas
  • "Copyright or Censorship? The History of Provisions on Printing and Publishing in China from the Invention of Printing through the Leadership of Mao Tsetung" - Leslie Dudbridge
  • "Peaceful Evolution: Mongolia's Steps Towards a Free Market Economy" - David Fennell
  • "Is the Blood of Empire Black or Red? The Economics and Politics of the Asia-Pacific Opium Trade, 1500 - 1940", Aaron Gilbert
  • "Vietnam: Building Foundations for Continued Growth" - David Gordon
  • "The Sea of Fertility: The Last Testament of Yukio Mishima" - Scott Huber
  • "The Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia: Catalysts for Development" - James Hubert
  • "Sports Marketing and Sports Sponsorship in Asia" - Danny Hudson
  • "The Yen-US Dollar Exchange Rate vs. Japanese Trade Surplus Trajectory: Causes and Consequences" - Leon Kaufman
  • "Junichiro Tanizaki: An Uneasy Relationship with the West" - Greg Knittel
  • "Financing Environmental and Energy Infrastructure Projects in Asia" - Elizabeth Krauth
  • "Reluctant Reparations: The Interpretation of History and the Politics Behind Japan's Wartime Apologies" - E. Joan Lee
  • "The Prospects for Chinese Reunification" - Reena Medina
  • "Necessary Lessons: The Sino-Vietnamese Conflict and Chinese Military Modernization" - Mark Stephen Mir
  • "The International Relations of a Unified Korea" - Naina Monokandilos
  • "The Japanese Consumer" - Valerie Morgan
  • "A Study of Bi-lingual and Japanese Immersion Education in Elementary Grades in California" - Jacqueline Nagatsuka
  • "Urban Poverty: The Philippines" - Larry Ong
  • "Economic Development and Child Labor in India and Southeast Asia" - Elisa Oreglia
  • "Tansu: A Window into Life in Nineteenth Century Japan" - Andrew Scal
  • "Human Resources in Hong Kong" - Yeet May Wong