The Center for the Pacific Rim's scholarly research and publication activities reflect the interdisciplinary approach of our academic programs, and engagement with the same significant and timely Asia Pacific themes that underlie our many public education events.
The Center's research efforts bear fruit in the form of two periodical publications: the Pacific Rim Report series of occasional papers in print and online, and the new, peer-reviewed, online-only journal, Asia Pacific: Perspectives.
The Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies
The Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1994 with a $2-million endowment contributed by Reverend Seiyu Kiriyama, President of the Buddhist organization Agon Shu in Japan. The Chair aims to promote mutual understanding, esteem, and cooperation among the nations and peoples of the Pacific Rim through research, teaching, publications, lectures, symposia, and other outreach activities. To fulfill this goal, the Chair funds visiting scholars, underwrites important public events, and supports the Center's scholarly publications
Nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of Asia Pacific Studies are invited as holders of the Chair on a visiting basis. For information on applications for the Kiriyama Distinguished Professorship and the Kiriyama Fellows program contact the Center for the Pacific Rim at (415) 422-6357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Electronic Data Systems-Charles W. Stewart Chair for Chinese-Western Cultural History
The EDS-Stewart Chair for Chinese-Western Cultural History was established at the Center's Ricci Institute in 1998. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Lester M. Alberthal, Jr., the Chair was endowed with a major gift from Electronic Data Systems Corporation in memory of the late Charles W. Stewart, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Shield of California.
The purpose of the EDS-Stewart Chair is to promote cross-cultural understanding and scholarly cooperation between China and Western countries and peoples. The Chair sponsors study, research, teaching, publication, public lectures and symposia; acquisition of published and unpublished materials as well as electronic data, especially those focusing on encounters of Chinese culture and Christian faith and the history of Christianity in China, particularly the history of the Jesuit mission in China.