The UP Asian Center, together with the Seoul National University - Asia Center and the UP Korea Research Center successfully held the Korea Studies Special Workshop, “Multiple Connections Between the Philippines and the Korean Peninsula” on 3 December 2022 at Microtel by Wyndham, UP Technohub.
The activity invited Filipino junior scholars from various universities to present Korea-related research and allowed Korean and Filipino academics to network for future partnerships and collaboration.
UP Asian Center Dean Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., Ph.D. and Dr. Maria Cynthia Bautista, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines Diliman graced the occasion as they delivered their welcome remarks. This was followed by the opening remarks from Dr. Jong Cheol Kim, Research Fellow at the Seoul National University Asia Center and Dr. Kyung Min Bae, the OIC-Director of UP Korea Research Center. Meanwhile, Korean Cultural Center Director Young Ah Im and Former UP Board of Regents member and now UP President-elect Atty. Angelo “Jijil” Jimenez conveyed their praises and congratulations to all the participants. Quezon City Mayor Josefina Belmonte also shared a video message in support for the event.
During the plenary session, Dr. Won Jung Min of Seoul National University Asia Center delivered her paper, “Gender, Class, and Race: Assessing the Korean Wave in Latin America” where she examined the reach of the Korean Wave to the Latin America and talked about the reception, consumption, and mimesis of the Korean Wave in Latin America. Afterwards, Mr. Ilho An of the Manila Koreatown Association also gave a talk and shared the establishment and history of the Manila Koreatown. He also shared the cultural initiatives that the association has been making.
The event was participated by various universities such as the UP Asian Center, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and De La Salle University Manila. Six panels of student presenters—fresh graduates and masters students—showcased their research papers on wide-ranging research topic related to Korea touching upon K-pop, fan behavior, and fandom activities, and issues on Korean peninsula and pandemic experiences. To formally end the workshop, Dr. Michelle R. Palumbarit, Associate Professor at the UP Asian Center delivered her closing remarks.
The special workshop was significant for both Univeristy of the Philippines Diliman and Seoul National University - Asia Center as it was the first activity that was co-hosted by both universities. It was the beginning of future partnerships and collaborations as they move forward in nourishing the Korean Studies in the Philippines and abroad.
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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian 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. It also 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. As an area studies institution, 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.