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

Lectures & Conferences @ UP Asian Center

 The Asian Center regularly holds lectures, conferences, roundtables, and other academic-related activities, all of which have been listed below. All conferences and the like are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated within the press release. 

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East Asian Popular Culture: Philippine Perspectives (edited by Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, authored by Francesca Aguiluz, Herlyn Gail Alegre, John Rex de Guzman, Rogerick F. Fernandez, Mario Rico Micu Florendo, Marian F. Gongora, Giselle Jimenez, Dorcas Juliette Ramos, and Myrtle Anne Zabala, published by Asian Center, University of the Philippines) at 10:30am, on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Phlippines Diliman.

The book is a compilation of the articles on manga, films, dramas, music of Japan, Korea and China written by young Filipino scholars.The themes of discussion ranges from fandom to gender issues.

The book is available for sale with PhP250.00, while the lunching price is PhP220.00.

For attendance to the book launching, reservation of the book, and inquiry, please contact asj.editorialstaff@gmail.com .

The Initiatives for International Dialogue in its celebration of the 25th Silver Jubilee and the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center, in cooperation with the Free Burma Coalition -Philippines, the UP Kaisa, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF), are pleased to invite you to a Forum on “Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: Issues & Challenges - a conversation with a Kachin woman peace advocate leader ” on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.at the Seminar Room, GT Toyota Cultural Center, Maysaysay St. corner Katipunan Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
The forum is organized to give honor to Daw Seng Raw Lahpai, who is set to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award on August 31, in Manila. She is being recognized for “her quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership—in the midst of deep ethnic divides and prolonged armed conflict—to regenerate and empower damaged communities and to strengthen local NGOs in promoting a non-violent culture of participation and dialogue as the foundation for Myanmar’s peaceful future. Daw Seng Raw, former Executive Director of METTA Foundation in Myannmar, has also been one of the partners of IID in working towards building a lasting peace in Myanmar.
Please come and join us in this meaningful solidarity gathering of academics, government officials, civil society groups, media friends and students. 
For inquiries and confirmation, you may reach us at IID (Attention: Ms. Lyn Pangilinan), telephone nos.: 9110205/ 4352900; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or UP Asian Center (Attention Ms. Ivy Ganadillo), tel no. 9818500 local 3577; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Lectures on Korea: Its Economy and Culture

Organizer: Korea Foundation in partnership with University of the Philippines Office of Institutional Linkages and the Asian Center

1. Capability-Building as the Essence of the Korean Model of Development by Prof. Keun Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
2. Understanding K-Entertainment: Korean Visual Culture by Prof. Seungkwan No, Hanyang University, Korea

Venue: GT Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium
Date: 5 August 2013
Time: 8am to 12:30pm

Open to the public. Free admission. Pre-registration is required.
To pre-register, please contact Ivy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 9818500 loc 3577

H.E. Rahim Mihmanparast
Head of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
July 8, 2013 - 10am-12n
GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center Rm.206-207

Gen. Saighal is presently Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society, an NGO involved in demography and ecology issues. As a respected and former high ranking military official, he has written a number of books on security issues, including Restructuring South Asian Security, Restructuring Pakistan, Dealing with Global Terrorism: The Way Forward and Global Security Paradoxes: 2000-2020.

 We would most appreciate if you can confirm your participation/attendance on or before June 14, 2013 by calling us at 981-8500 loc 3586, or by sending us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ang Araling Pilipino sa Larangang Pambansa at Pandaigdigang Pagbabago

Ika- 28 hanggang 29 ng Mayo  2013
GT Toyota Asian Cultural Center
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman

Layunin:     (a) Upang tasahin ang kabuluhan ng Araling Pilipino sa konteksto ng kasalukuyang   pagbabago sa bansa at iba’t-ibang panig ng daigdig; at
                          (b) Matukoy ang mga kaparaanan sa pagpapahusay ng larangan sa pagtuturo, pananaliksik, paglalathala, paglilingkod sa pamamagitan ng pamamahagi ng kaalaman at iba pang anyo ng pagsusumikap na pang-akademiko.

rsvp: 9203535