Our program provides students with exceptional opportunities to create exciting, timely research projects, allowing them to demonstrate expertise in an area of their choice. Projects look at a diversity of cultural, historical, and social issues relevant to the Asia Pacific region. Students share their projects with the campus community and at regional and national conferences, such as the East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference in Hawaii, for which the program provides mentorship, support, and funding. MAPS students have published their excellent scholarship and writing in Asia Pacific Perspectives journal, The Diplomat, and the Yonsei Journal of International Studies and served as co-authors with MAPS faculty in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.

Student Work

The Plight of North Korean Women in China: Evaluating the Relationship Between Refugee Status, Human Trafficking, and Prostitution
Tiffany Crow looks at critical issues pertaining to North Korean women trafficked into China and the legal and cultural dynamics that leave human rights victims vulnerable and powerless.

More than Food: Sushi as Culture
Casey Hart combines academic scholarship with fieldwork in San Francisco to profile the ways in which sushi has traveled from Japan to more global contexts. Through onsite interviews and research, she investigates how sushi cuisine connects to cultural identity and authenticity.

Noh Theater and Postwar Japanese Film
Amethy Zihui Lu demonstrates Noh theater's continuing influence on contemporary Japanese film. Different kinds of films produced after the Second World War are analyzed in this case study.

A “Terra Nullius” Place? An Investigation of Sovereignty over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Before 1895
Fang Qi examines the history of a territorial dispute over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. This seemingly insignificant place became one of interest and concern in the 1970s when both China and Japan started to show great concern over controlling this area.

Asia in California
Qiushi Yu documents first-generation Asian American lifestyles through research, interviews, and photographs, focusing on issues of self-identity, cultural conflict, and generational heritage for Asian immigrants.

Contact Info

Asia Pacific Studies MA

Brian Komei Dempster, Director of Administration

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 241, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6515