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bbBARBARA K. BUNDY, Ph.D., serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Japan Society of Northern California, and does volunteer work for WaterBridge: Books + Water, a California nonprofit organization funding book donations for children and clean, safe drinking water projects in poor rural areas around the world.

From 1988 to 2009 she was the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Pacific Rim Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco (USF). The USF Center for the Pacific Rim administered during Bundy’s tenure an interdisciplinary evening/weekend Masters degree in Asia Pacific Studies (of which Bundy was the principal architect) and an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree program in Asian Studies; the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, an interdisciplinary research institute active at USF and in China; the Japan Policy Research Institute; and housed the home office of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability and the San Francisco office of China Dialogue. Under Bundy’s leadership the USF Center for the Pacific Rim organized around 30 business, cultural, and educational programs annually to strengthen relationships between the United States and other nations around the Pacific Rim; published an online refereed journal in the humanities and social sciences, Asia Pacific: Perspectives, and occasional papers, Pacific Rim Reports; sponsored a program of visiting research fellows and scholars; and raised funds to establish two endowed chairs and endowed funds in excess of $7 million.

Bundy’s 43-year professional career in higher education always had an international focus and included serving as President and CEO of Dominican University in San Rafael (1980-87), where she was professor of comparative literature and humanities for 16 years; teaching Russian and German language and literature on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz; and teaching a liberal arts seminar for executives in the Graduate School of Management at USF. Bundy is co-editor of two books: Human Rights in the Pacific Rim: Imagining a New Critical Discourse (Fujen Catholic University Press, 2006), and The Future of the Pacific Rim: Scenarios for Regional Cooperation (Praeger, 1994). She has also published scholarly and professional articles.

She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Russian language and literature from the University of Illinois. She received the Edward J. Malatesta ‘Magis’ Award for Outstanding Service from the USF College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and in 2007 was honored by the Asia Society Northern California with their Excellence in Higher Education Award. In 2009 Bundy received the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco’s Commendation for her work in strengthening California-Japan relations, and in 2010 she received the Foreign Minister of Japan’s Commendation for her contribution to promoting U.S.-Japan relations.


CHIHO SAWADA is director of the Japan Policy Research Institute, and serves concurrently as executive director of the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Professor Sawada’s research and teaching explore various dimensions of Asia-Pacific relations—especially those concerning historical injustice and reconciliation, media studies, multi-track diplomacy, human security (especially global food issues), and social entrepreneurship. His book Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia, co-edited with Michael Berry, will be published by University of Hawaii Press in spring 2016. His current project is a comparative study of NGOs and grassroots organizations in several Asia-Pacific countries involved in conflict resolution, disaster relief, and local development. He has served as associate and review editor of the Journal of Korean Studies, and is now editor-in-chief of the new Asia Pacific Peace Studies (APPSI) Journal.

Professor Sawada holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University (primary field: East Asian colonial history; secondary field: European intellectual history) and a B.A. degree from University of California San Diego (major: economics; minors: visual arts and psychology). His post-doctoral training was completed at Stanford University and University of San Francisco. He has also studied diplomatic history and international relations at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, conducted research at numerous other academic institutions in Asia and the United States, and served stints U.S. embassies in Beijing and Seoul.



SHEILA K. JOHNSON was born in 1937 in The Hague, Holland and emigrated to the U. S. in 1947. She received an A.B. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and an M.A. in English, from the University of California, Berkeley. She specialized in cross-cultural gerontology, and her dissertation, Idle Haven: Community-Building Among the Working-Class Retired was published by the University of California Press. After teaching at San Francisco, Hayward, and Sonoma State Universities, she became a free-lance writer and published numerous articles in The New York Times Magazine, Commentary, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. In 1975, she published American Attitudes Toward Japan, 1941-1975, a book that she first updated and revised in 1986 for the Simul Press in Tokyo, which published it as Amerika jin no nihon kan. In 1988, Stanford University Press published a still further revised edition as The Japanese Through American Eyes, which appeared as a paperback in 1991.

Sheila Johnson was married to Chalmers Johnson, and first traveled to Japan with him in 1961. She made numerous trips to Japan between 1961 and 1993. She continues to publish articles and book reviews about women and aging in Japan. From 1994 until 2009, she was the editor for the Japan Policy Research Institute.


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