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:


New Director Appointed for USF’s Ricci Institute

Antoni Ucerler

Professor Antoni Ucerler, SJ, has been named the new Director of the USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. The Ricci Institute serves as an international academic and educational resource center for East-West cultural and global history, with an emphasis on Christianity in China.

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.

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Family Ingredients- Film Screening with Pacific Islanders in Communications


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium

Understanding Global Beauty and the Mixed Race Body in Cosmetics Advertising


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium

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