The Asian Center Blog

The Asian Center Blog, provisionally titled such, features the following content, including but not limited to: excerpts of reviews of books, essays, films, and other Asia-related media from third-party websites; reviews of such content from Asian Center staff or faculty; announcements of Asian Studies conferences, etc. 

Please note that by posting third-party content, the UP Asian Center does not necessarily entail an endorsement of, or agreement with (or otherwise) said content and/or its creators, organizers, publishers, and the like. Neither are the views expressed in such content necessarily a representation of the views of the UP Asian Center or its faculty or staff. They are featured here as Asian Studies-related material and are posted solely for information-dissemination purposes. 

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A Cambodian Journalism Intern Reflects on Metro Manila

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Jom rip sua (formal greeting in Khmer). It's not everyday that we get to know how a citizen from a fellow ASEAN state sees the Philippines. He writes, "[l]anding at night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, I witnessed, from the plane, the candle-like lights of the city. This spectacular image signaled to me that something big was lying ahead and I had to be ready for it. As I took a taxi from the airport to a hostel in Mandaluyong, I noticed the metropolitan development of the city, something I’d never experienced in my country, Cambodia. Skyscrapers, flyovers, mega structures, and business centers were being built everywhere. Traffic was considered quite tolerable until my ever-smiling taxi driver told me it was only because I arrived here on a weekend when most roads were normally free. I smiled at him and said, “Let’s see.”"

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UP IMLOS Publishes Case Digest, Summary of Findings on South China Sea Arbitration

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(Reposting an article published in the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc) The UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (IMLOS) released its case digest and summary of findings on The Republic of the Philippines vs. The People’s Republic of China, Case No. 2013-19 in the Permanent Court of Arbitration before the Arbitral Tribunal constituted under UNCLOS Annex VII  awarded last 12 July 2016. Also attached are the IMLOS compiled statements from foreign countries to the South China Sea Dispute regarding the arbitration award.

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From Cotabato to Zamboanga: Read "The Saga of Three Teduray Sisters" by Dr. Ed Tadem

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Migration has always played an integral role in the formation of histories and societies. And for Dr. Eduardo Climaco Tadem of the UP Asian Center, that phenomenon is a matter scholarly interest as it is of personal and family history. In an essay published in the Inquirer, Dr. Tadem reflects on three Teduray sisters—his great-grandparents—who made a perilous journey from Cotabato to Zamboanga in the late 1880s. Their story offers a small window into Mindanao’s social history, one that involves migration, religious conversion, and late-nineteenth century anticolonial politics. 

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UP Department of Linguistics To Hold First Korean Studies Workshop for Academics in the Philippines

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The UP Department of Linguistics, in partnership with The Academy of Korean Studies, will be holding the first Korean Studies Workshop for Academics on 20–22 July 2016. Below is a brief description of the workshop.

On the fifth year of PKSS, the University would like to organize its first special workshop for academicians this July 2016. With the purpose of encouraging Korean Studies scholars in the Philippines to produce research in the field, the workshop aims to help Filipino Korean Studies graduate-level students, researchers, and scholars to develop their ongoing research works into publishable manuscripts for submission to journals in the country and/or abroad. The organizers hope that these research works would deepen the Filipino academicians’ awareness, understanding and knowledge of Korea and Korean Studies, and encourage them to challenge or integrate the concepts and ideas promoted by these researches as they develop their own Korean Studies curriculum and produce comparative research in their own institutions.

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