Rob Buscher

Adjunct Professor, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

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About Me

Rob Buscher is a film and media specialist who has worked in many aspects of film including production, administration, and distribution. Due in part to his biracial Japanese American heritage, Robʼs expertise is Japanese and Asian American Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer and critic across a variety of genres.

Some of his career highlights include co-founding Zipangu Fest - the UKʼs premier Japanese Film Festival, and creating the Japanese Cinema and Asian American Studies curriculum at Arcadia University. Outside of his work at Arcadia Rob lectures at University of Pennsylvania and Fleisher Art Memorial, serves as Festival Director of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and is a contributing writer at Pacific Citizen and Broad Street Review.

Rob also serves as Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of civil rights group Japanese American Citizens League and chairs the national organization’s Strategic Planning Committee. His other board affiliations include PHLDiversity (the diverse meetings division of PHL Convention & Visitor’s Bureau) and Governor Wolfʼs Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, where he chairs a subcommittee called the AAPI Arts Collective of Pennsylvania.

English, Japanese


Education History

Richmond: The American International University in London

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communications

Minor in Art, Design, and Media

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies

Master of Arts, Major in Japanese Studies

Minor in Japanese Cinema