Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

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Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. Promoting original and penetrating research, it offers novel and alternative interpretations of Asian experiences, helps deepen the understanding of the region, and enlivens debates on issues affecting Asian peoples and societies. One of the pioneering journals of its kind in Asia, Asian Studies offers a critical, multidisciplinary platform where scholars, practitioners, and activists can publish research that draws on the theories and perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and/or cultural studies.  Published twice a year, it features research articles, commentaries, reviews, literary works, and travel narratives.

Click on the image below to view a PDF (7 MB) of the titles and authors of theses (MA) and dissertations (PhD) that have been in the UP Asian Center from 1963 to 2012.

This page features select publications of Asian Center faculty and staff that are available for free. These include journal articles in open-access journals, and various opinion pieces, review essays, and commentaries that tackle politics, international relations, foreign policy, migration, cinema, and others. Please note that many of these links are not maintained by the Asian Center, and may thus become inaccessible at some point if and when they are moved or deleted. The Asian Center also publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, where you can download articles on a variety of topics. 

Over the years, the Asian Center has published books and monographs on a variety of topics, from foreign policy and regional security to history and popular culture. Our latest book is East Asian Popular Culture: Philippine Perspectives, which compiles nine articles on Japanese, Korean and Chinese pop culture, offering interdisciplinary analyses of manga, films, TV dramas, and music and examining how these cultural forms are consumed and experienced in a Philippine context. 

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman regulars organizes lectures, conferences, and public forums on various issues affecting Asian societies, which are most of the time free and open to the public. Seating, however, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. But would-be participants are encouraged to sign up. 

The lectures feature experts in various fields of Asian Studies, as well as disciplines, from history, art, political science, and international relations. Click here to view the list of past and upcoming events or sign up for the mailing list to receive invitations. 



Thanks to the efforts of the UP Third World Studies Center who co-sponsored some of the lectures and conferences held at the UP Asian Center, the following video recordings have been uploaded to TWSC's YouTube page, including two of Benedict Anderson's lectures @ UP Asian Center. This page also features recorded lectures of UP Asian Center faculty, or guest lecturers. 

If you are looking to meet or get in touch with any of the faculty of the Asian Center, you may contact them directly via their email addresses.

Please note that they may not always be accessible by phone (see our directory), so it is best to communicate (first) via email. 

The UP Asian Center has twelve (12) full-time faculty and several lecturers who come from and specialize on various disciplines—gender, political science, sociology, history, political economy, international relations, economics, development, agrarian studies, regionalism, ASEAN, foreign policy, migration, cultural studies, and Philippine art and dance.

The Asian Center regularly publishes press releases announcing recent or upcoming lectures, conferences, and the activities of the staff and faculty, such as their publications, presentations, etc. View the list of press releases or sign up for our mailing list to receive news, updates, and invitations to lectures, conferences, and the like.

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