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.

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USF Celebrates the Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year lion dance

Students, faculty, and staff kicked off the Lunar New Year at a campus celebration Feb. 19 that included a lion dance troupe performance and traditional Asian dumplings for snacks.

The Center Welcomes Two Visiting Scholars this Spring

Two visiting scholars will be in residence at the Center this spring conducting research on transnationalism, postcoloniality, and comparative Chinese literature.

Kiriyama Fellow Dr. Dayna Barnes Publishes Article in Japanese Studies

Japanese Studies

Dr. Dayna Barnes, Kiriyama Fellow at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies was recently published in the journal Japanese Studies. The article examines popular representations of Japan and China before and during the war, assesses the ideas of key figures from the press, and considers the ways in which media and policy interacted through the influence of opinion leaders. These prepared the way for the ‘soft’ peace relying on Japanese cooperation that would become the basis for a new alliance between America and Japan.

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