The ASIA PACIFIC FOOD STUDIES NETWORK (APFSN) was first created in 2016 to break down walls and build bridges. Breaking walls refers to individual isolation in social science research but also to traditional scientific work that exist in silos. Building bridges thus involve initiating transdisciplinary work in order to make sense of high-stakes issues in the sectors of public health, consumer behaviour and immaterial heritage. We also advocate for strengthened and ethical collaboration with industry, be it food manufacturing, hospitality or tourism markets. The Asia Pacific Food Studies Network has its headquarters at the Institute of Ethnic Studies within the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia).