About the Center

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies promotes and fosters research, public programs and teaching focused on Greater China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India.


  • The Center organizes and hosts academic symposia and conferences on topics related to the history, culture, and politics of the Asia Pacific region.
  • The Center publishes Asia Pacific Perspectives (ISSN: 2167-1699), a peer-reviewed electronic journal that promotes cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and the dissemination of knowledge about the Asia Pacific region.
  • The Center annually funds fellowships designed to bring leading scholars to campus to work on center projects and publications and to promote interaction between these scholars and USF’s faculty and students.
  • Three times a year, the Center hosts the Chinese Studies Research Group to bring together scholars and graduate students from the San Francisco Bay Area working in the field of Chinese Studies to meet and discuss their research.
  • The Center welcomes visiting scholars to be in residence at USF for three to six months to promote independent research in the field and to contribute to the building of academic bridges across the Pacific.
  • Twice a year the Center hosts its Asia Pacific Women's Roundtable, a networking lunch for professional women interested in the Asia Pacific region.

Public Programs

At the forefront of public education on Asia Pacific Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area, the program presents timely seminars and lectures on a wide range of Asia-related topics.


The Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program provides a bridge to the vibrant world of the Asia Pacific. Highlighting the region’s rich histories and cultures, this innovative, interdisciplinary program allows students to grow intellectually, develop critical skills valued by employers and organizations, and formulate future goals.

Other Asia Pacific programs at USF: