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.
Dayna Barnes completed her Ph.D. in International History at the London School of Economics, where she also received an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations. Her research interests include 20th century international relations and US-Japan relations. Dr Barnes has received grants and awards from organizations including the North East Asia Council, Roosevelt Study Center, Harry S. Truman Library, Sasakawa Foundation, and the Japan Foundation.
Professor John Nelson, Theology and Religious Studies and Academic Director of the MAPS program, is a co-winner of the 2014 Toshihide Numata Book Prize for Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2013). Experimental Buddhism is one of the first studies to give readers a sense of what is happening on the front lines as a growing number of Buddhist priests try to reboot their roles and traditions to gain greater significance in Japanese society.
The editors of Asia Pacific Perspectives are pleased to introduce the Spring/Summer 2014 issue. This issue, guest edited by 2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow Andrea Lingenfelter, explores some of the ways that the “Digital Turn” has affected the Asia-Pacific region.
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.
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.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of its establishment, the Ricci Institute initiated a new lecture series this fall named after its founding director Rev. Edward J. Malatesta, S.J.
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.
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.
The Center for the Pacific Rim is now the Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Uniting the various departments and programs across the University of San Francisco that focus on East Asia, India, and the Philippines, the center's new name and branding will inject our work with a renewed sense of academic excellence and relevancy to the state of the field today.