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

The UP Asian Center will hold a public lecture, “South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Field of Historical Study,” on 13 November 2019, 5–7 pm at the Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.


After Java, South Sulawesi is the largest rice growing and exporting region of Indonesia. Its capital, Makassar, dates back to the fifteenth century and is one of the country's busiest ports. Despite the region's economic importance, it does not feature strongly in the national narrative, or in English-language histories of Indonesia.

The lecture will present the sources used to write South Sulawesi's history. It will contrast local interpretations of the past with the picture obtained by historians and archaeologists. How can these differing interpretations be resolved and incorporated into Indonesia's history? Evidence of early trading and cultural relations between Sulawesi and the Philippines will also be discussed.


Dr. Ian Caldwell is a retired associate professor of Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Leeds, UK.


This event is part of the Asian Center's 64th anniversary celebrations. View full list activities and sign up. Professor Caldwell's lecture is one of four activities scheduled on 13 November:

• Encounters with Silence | A Screening and Forum on 'Lonely Death' in Japan

• How Do Elite University Students in ASEAN Look at their Asian Neighbors? | A Lecture

• Ikebana as Sustainable Art: A Lecture-Demo on Japanese Traditional Flower Arrangement


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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 atthe journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.