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:


Facilitating Conversations in Research & Language

Chinese Studies Research Group

The Center hosted two groups designed to facilitate and promote conversations in research and language.

Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry

Brewed in Japan - lecture image

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies closed the spring semester with a fascinating lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Alexander on the history of the Japanese beer Industry.

MAPS Students End of the Year Presentations 

MAPS Spring 2015 Presentations

The 2015 spring presentations titled, Asia Pacific Research and Internships: The Bridge from Academics to Real-Life Experience, allowed students to present their academic and multimedia research projects as well as discuss their internship experiences with Asia Pacific-related nonprofits in the Bay Area.

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