Asian Pacific Student Services (APSS) at Loyola Marymount University understands that collaborative relations between student affairs and faculty is essential in the student’s academic success and personal development (American College Personnel Association, 1975). APSS collaborates with various LMU departments, colleges, faculty & staff to develop programs and services that reflect connection and integration of educational experiences occurring inside and outside the classroom. The following are key partners of APSS:

Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association

The mission of the Asian American Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (AAPIFSA) is to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community at Loyola Marymount University. AAPIFSA strive to collaborate with all interested individuals to advocate and promote Asian Pacific Islander (APIA) community successes and concerns with both academic affairs and student affairs. AAPIFSA is established for the purpose of acting as the official organization of APIA faculty and staff, promote networking opportunities, maintain an APIA presence at university programs and activities, and promote the well-being of faculty, staff and students. The function of AAPIFSA is to address the concern and interest of Asian American staff and faculty in the University community. For more information about AAPIFSA meetings and upcoming programs, please subscribe to the AAPISFA listserv.

Asian and Asian American Studies

Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) is an interdisciplinary department which was created in Fall 2016 through the merger of two programs, Asian and Pacific Studies (ASPA) and Asian Pacific American Studies (APAM)

APAS Contacts

Edward Park, Professor

Dr. Edward received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a disciplinary concentration in Sociology(1993) and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning (1998), both at the University of California, Berkeley. His research topics include immigration policy, race relations, urban studies and economic sociology. His most recent publications include “Probationary Americans: Contemporary Immigration Policies and the Shaping of Asian American Communities” (New York: Routledge, 2005 with John S.W. Park) and “Labor Organizing Beyond Race and Nation: The Los Angeles Hilton Case” (International Journal of Sociology and Social Research, 2004). From September 2005 to July 2006, Professor Park was at the University of Tokyo and the Japan Women’s University on a Fulbright Fellowship. 

Curtiss Rooks Portrait
Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies

Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies

Dr. Rooks earned his B.A. in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies (honors) from Dartmouth College. He received his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1982 and his Ph. D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine. In 1996, he was a University of California, Regents Fellow. Prior to his appointment at LMU, Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University. His research interests include applied community-based research focusing on cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development. Current projects include a cultural assessment of Japanese and African American senior care- giving needs and community partnerships in chronic disease needs assessment in the Samoan community. A second research trajectory focuses on Asian American multiracial identity and diversity.

Center for Asian Business (CAB)-College of Business Administration

Established in 1995, the center promotes understanding between Asians and Americans through multiple channels.

Asian Pacific Studies

The Asian and Pacific Studies Program offers students who have a professional or personal interest in Asian and Pacific countries the opportunity to develop cultural expertise through an integrated course of study, primarily in the liberal arts. Using various disciplines, including languages, the program aims to achieve a better understanding of the peoples and traditions of Asia and the Pacific and some contemporary issues facing the region. For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. Yanjie Wang at