Students @ UP Asian Center Presents Research @ 1st “Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference" in UP

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Photo: Participants, organizers, and role players in 1st Korean Studies Graduate Conference in UP.

Korea Studies majors of the UP Asian Center, along with Master in International Studies students, presented their research studies at the very first “Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference” last 6 May 2017, 8am to 5 am at the China Hall, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 


The following Asian Center graduate students who major in Korea Studies presented their research studies: 

  • Cooperation or Conflict: Understanding North and South Korean Relations in the Case of the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC)
 by Helen Cortezano
  • The THAAD’s Arrival in the Peninsula: Impact on the China-South Korea Trade Relations
 by Gemdrei Navarro

  • The Curious Case of Kim Jong-nam: A Look into its Impact on the North Korea- Malaysia Relations by
 Lanie delos Angeles

  • North-South Conflict: A Peninsula of Interests by Aazin Sumalinog
  • Understanding Korea’s Obsession with Beauty by Zhandra Tam
  • Promoting Diplomacy through Exchange: in Case of Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) in the Philippines 
by Jainah Ramirez

  • K-pop Ka? Filipino K-Pop Fans as Cultural Consumers and Cultural Intermediaries in the Globalization of Hallyu 
by Hannah Monana

  • An Analysis of Korean Pop Boy Band Members under the Lens of Literary Archetypes
 by Inez Cortes

Joining them were graduate students majoring in International Studies:

  • Human Rights in the Two Koreas: The Contextual Conformity of Political Rights in the Peninsulaby Reuben Barrete

  • An Exploration of the Diplomatic Philosophy, DPRK Strategy and International Relations of Korean TV Drama ‘Descendants of the Sun’ by Michelle Caoili
  • Beyond Queering and Patriarchy: Images of the Neo-Confucian Korea man in the film ‘The King and the Clown’ 
by Renir Padua


The first Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference was hosted by UP Korea Research Center in partnership with Korean Cultural Center and the UP Asian Center. Dean of the UP Asian Center, Dr. Joefe B. Santarita, delivered the Welcome Address. Dr. Aldrin P. Lee, co-reseracher at the UP Korea Research Center, delivered the opening address, which was followed by a special message from Director of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, Dr. Lee Jin-cheol. Dr. Michelle Palumbarit, Assistant Professor at the UP Asian Center ended the conference with a closing synthesis.

The purpose of the conference was to highlight the ongoing work and research in Korean Studies, and to promote the meaningful and collaborative intellectual work between Korean and Philippine institutions.

ENROLL: MA Programs: Asian Studies @ UP Asian Center 

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.

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