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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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.

Chinese Studies Research Group Meets at USF

Chinese Studies Group

From "Karate Kid" to Training One's qi: Chinese Scholars Share Their Research in Progress

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.

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Seduction: An Exploration of Japan’s “Floating World” Exhibitions


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room

Lunar New Year Celebration


11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Gleeson Library Plaza

Experimental Religion in Global Contexts and Conflicts


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room

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