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

July 18, 2013, Diliman, Quezon City - Seven students and staff from the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman participated in the 18th Young Scholars Conference on Philippine Studies (YSCPS) on July 6 in Kobe College, Nishinomiya City, Japan.

The Asian Center (AC) delegation, along with Japanese and Filipino scholars of Philippine studies based in Japan, presented their papers on pop culture, literature, linguistics, health, aging, migration, education, diaspora, media, and security. The conference was held in Emily Brown Hall of Kobe College, a women’s college that traces its roots to American missionary work in the 19th century. 

The members of the AC delegation are:

  1. Sharon V. Bancoro, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies (MAPS) student, Of Love Markets and Postcolonial Gazes
  2. Dorcas Juliette Ramos-Caraig, MAAS student, Pinoy Cosplay: Profile of Cosplayers in the Philippines
  3. Ivy Marie L. Ganadillo, MAAS student and Glennis S. Uyanguren, MCD and AC staff, A Diasporic Culture: Japanese Insights to/from the Pearl of the Orient
  4. Katrina S. Navallo, Master of Asian Studies (MAS) student, Japanese Elderly in Philippine Elderly Care Settings: Overcoming Language and Cultural Differences
  5. Janus Isaac V. Nolasco, MAAS and AC staff, From Remittance to Revolution: The Filipino Diaspora and Political and Economic Change in the Philippines
  6. Princess Fame Pascua, MPS, Ang Toponyms at ang Patakara’t Sitwasyong Pagwika: Isang Pag-aaral sa Kaso ng Taguig

The conference is an annual meeting of Philippine studies scholars and was established in 1995 by a group of Japanese scholars and students. This year, it was organized by Prof. Mamoru Tsuda, Chairperson of the English and Global Studies Department, School of Contemporary International Studies, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Dr. Satoshi Miyawaki of Osaka University, and Professor Yolanda Tsuda of Kobe College.  The Philippine Studies conference has been held in different Japanese cities: Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Yokohama, Niigata, Shizuoka, Kitakyushu and Kobe.