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

UP Asian Center alumnus Aemir M. Villafania recently received the prestigious Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Program 2024 from the Japanese government. He will enter Nagoya University in Japan in the spring semester of 2024 under the Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program of the Graduate School of Humanities as a research student.
Aemir graduated with a Master in Asian Studies degree specializing in Northeast Asia-Japan at the UP Asian Center in 2022. His research interest include shifting masculinities in Japan, and how men influence or manufacture the portrayal of women in Japanese popular culture.


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) of the Japanese government offers scholarships to international students to study in Japan at state expense. There are seven types of MEXT Scholarship programs: research students, teacher training students, undergraduate students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, specialized training college students, and Young Leaders Program (YLP) students. Applications for the scholarship are made through Japanese embassies, consulate-generals, or Japanese universities.
Recipients of the scholarship will be able to enjoy the benefits such as monthly allowance, waived education fees, and transportation to and from Japan.

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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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.