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

Japan Studies Across Borders SL02

The UP Asian Center will host a research forum, Japan Studies Across Borders, and a book launch, "Thinking Beyond the State: Migration, Integration and Citizenship in Japan and the Philippines” on 16 August 2018, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm, Seminar Room, UP Asian Center, Quezon City. Both events are free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served; interested participants are requested to sign up to receive any change to the program.

SIGN UP: YES, I WILL ATTEND THE FORUM

ABOUT THE BOOK: ‘THINKING BEYOND THE STATE’

“Thinking Beyond the State: Migration, Integration, and Citizenship in Japan and the Philippines” consists of chapters that address the need to think beyond prevailing state discourses in problematizing human movements between Japan and the Philippines, by focusing on the presence of other actors involved in these processes.

This collection investigates a range of issues that are part and parcel of the migration experience: citizenship and nationality, migrant incorporation and integration, human security, migrant welfare, philanthropy, identity, and multiculturalism.

SPEAKERS FOR THE BOOK LAUNCH (1:00–2:00 pm)

  • Editor’s Remarks: Johanna Zulueta, PhD (Associate Professor, Soka University)
  • Discussant: Maruja SB. Asis, PhD (Director, Scalibrini Migration Center)
  • Publisher: Dr. David Jonathan Bayot (Executive Publisher, DLSU Press)
  • Representative/s from Japan Foundation Manila

The book may be purchased at PhP 300, twenty-five (25) percent of the regular price of PhP 400. Offer is limited to first 50 copies. Multiple copies may be purchased depending on demand.  

JAPAN STUDIES ACROSS THE BORDERS (2:15 pm–4:00 pm)

For the research forum, the presenters will share the gist of their respective book chapters in ‘Thinking Beyond the State’ and present their perspectives and experiences on doing Japan Studies —methods, approaches, etc.— not only in Japan and the Philippines, but also in other parts of Asia.

Click on the titles to view abstracts:

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Ricardo Jose, Director of the UP Third Word Studies Center, who is a specialist on Philippine-Japan scholarship, especially during World War II.

ABOUT THE FORUM SPEAKERS

  • Dr. Jocelyn Celero is Assistant Professor at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.
  • Dr. Megumi Hara is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College, Japan.
  • Dr. Benjamin San Jose is Assistant Professor at the Japan Studies Department, Ateneo de Manila University.
  • Dr. Johanna Zulueta, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan.

The 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. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.