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 graduate, Alleson D. Villota II, Ph.D., recently obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Tokyo. He earned his Ph.D. in Information, Technology, and Society from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies on 8 March 2024.
Dr. Villota’s dissertation was on “From Connected to Networked Migrants: Mediated Experiences, User-Created Content, and Virtual Networks of Filipino Temporary Migrant Worker-Vloggers in Japan.” He graduated with a Master of Arts in Asian Studies Degree (Northeast Asia – Japan) in 2016. His program adviser was Prof. Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes.

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