Center for Asian & Pacific Studies

San Diego, poised on the Pacific Rim

Asia is undeniably a major player in the world today—from global economics, politics, and environmentalism to pop culture, philosophy, and the fine arts
—representing diverse cultural resources that have endured thousands of years.

The SDSU campus is embedded in a vibrant community with diverse populations, reflected in our student body.

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) is an interdisciplinary instructional unit of the College of Arts and Letters and an integral part of SDSU’s international studies curriculum. Our curriculum draws on diverse faculty from across the campus to offer innovative and informative classes in the Asian thought and culture encompassing art, communication, film studies,  environmental issues, history, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, women’s studies, as well as Asian-American experiences.Students are invited to immerse themselves  in new perspectives, values, strategies, and life experiences through key offerings in the Asia Pacific region, including such themes as the traditional roots of K-pop, anime, and contemporary arts; deep insights from Buddhism, Daosim, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Shinto; unexpected leadership model and entrepreneurial enterprises; social roles and relationships.

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Fall 2023 Courses

Asian Studies

  • ASIAN 100: State and Society in the Asia Pacific
  • ASIAN 101: Asian Thought and Cultures
  • ASIAN 103: Introduction to Filipino/Philippine Studies
  • ASIAN 420: Asian History to 1600
  • ASIAN 430: Contemp Korean Culture Through Media
  • ASIAN 458: Asian Traditions

Asian American Studies

  • ASIAN 102A: Politics, Power and Asian America
  • ASIAN 102B: Asian American History
  • ASIAN 264: Asian American Film and Media
  • ASIAN 361: Eating Asian America
  • ASIAN 422: Asian American Experiences

See the courses flyer or class schedule for more information.

Transformative $1 Million Gift Bolsters the Future of Asian Studies at San Diego State University

A planned gift from the Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation will support scholarships, events and programming, and operations for the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Read the full story on SDSU NewsCenter.

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