USF’s Center for Asia Pacific Studies is San Francisco’s academic gateway to the region.

The Center (formerly the Center for the Pacific Rim) is a leader in bridging the Pacific through programs that promote understanding, cooperation, and cultural exchange.

As the core of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco, the Center creates synergies among the various departments and programs that focus on East Asia, India, and the Philippines.

The Center facilitates research and teaching on Greater China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India through its public programs, academic conferences and symposia, and its peer reviewed journal.

For information on the Center's affiliated research and teaching programs, please visit:


Center Welcomes New Academic Director to the MAPS Program

John Nelson - Himachal Pradesh, India

We are excited to announce that Professor John Nelson will assume the position of Academic Director of MAPS (Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies) as of August 11, 2014. Professor Nelson comes to MAPS with a wealth of valuable administrative experience and leadership in Asia Pacific Studies along with an impressive teaching and research record.   

Meet the Center's New Assistant Director

Amanda Dzida

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Dzida as its new assistant director effective July 14, 2014. In this new position at the Center, Amanda is responsible for managing the Center’s public programs and communication strategies in addition to grant writing and sourcing new funding streams.

We've Changed Our Name

Center for Asia Pacific Studies logo

The Center for the Pacific Rim is now the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Uniting the various departments and programs across the University of San Francisco that focus on East Asia, India, and the Philippines, the center's new name and branding will inject our work with a renewed sense of academic excellence and relevancy to the state of the field today.

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Bollywood Nation: India Through its Cinema


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

McLaren Conference Center 250

China's Reigning Ambassador: The Giant Panda


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fromm Hall 125 - Maraschi Room

Film Screening: Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience in Japan


5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium

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