Center for Asia Pacific Studies

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz 185
Phone: (415) 422-6357
Fax: (415) 422-5933
Melissa Dale, Executive Director
Ken Kopp, Associate Director of the Center and the Administrative Director, M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)
Stephen Roddy, Academic Director for M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies plays a vital role on the West Coast in strengthening the San Francisco Bay Area as one of America's foremost "gateways to the Pacific Rim." Established in 1988, the Center promotes understanding, communication, and cooperation among the cultures and economies of the Pacific Rim. The Center administers an interdisciplinary graduate program in Asia Pacific Studies, presents international conferences, special lectures, seminars and outreach activities for the San Francisco Bay Area urban community, and sponsors research, online and print publications, and a Visiting Fellows program.

The Center includes two institutes: a unique interdisciplinary research institute, the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, and the Japan Policy Research Institute. The center is also home to the headquarters of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, an international non-profit organization devoted to policy research and outreach related to Northeast Asia energy and nuclear issues. In addition, the Center exercises administrative oversight for the College of Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Asian Studies.

The Center serves as a forum where international educators, students, lawyers, government officials, and business people meet to network, exchange ideas, and gain a greater understanding of the changing dynamics of the Pacific Rim today.