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 public programs, academic conferences and symposia, and its peer reviewed journal.

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


Understanding the Chinese Consumer - Fall Symposium Highlights

Advertising in China - Panel Image

From selling Sun-Maid raisins in the 1920s and pens to socialists in the 1950s, to Land Rover and Louis Vuitton in the 90’s – the Center’s fall symposium explored historical and contemporary cross-cultural encounters between China and the US through advertising.

MAPS Welcomes New Cohort, Celebrates Student Growth and Successes

MAPS Orientation

The Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program continues to develop in exciting and innovative ways, with a diverse group of students pursuing academic interests and opportunities for professional growth.

Ricci Institute Co-Sponsors a Public Lecture at UC Berkeley

Prof. Mungello

Through his review of the 19th and 20th centuries in China, Prof. Mungello suggested that the presence of the Catholic Church contributed to the transformation of a mission church into an indigenous religion in modern China. In the process, the Catholic invasion enriched Chinese culture while the Chinese church enriched Catholicism and made it more universal.

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