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 organize lectures, conferences, film showings, food festival, roundtable, book launch, and cultural activities to celebrate its 64th anniversary, with the theme, Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges. Please click on each event to sign up. Events for one day have a centralized online registration sheet.

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11 NOVEMBER (9:00 am–11:00 am)

Southeast Asia and Industry 4.0: A Roundtable
          H.E. Gerard Ho Wei Hong
          Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Philippines

          Prof. Glen A. Imbang
          Technology Management Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

Opening: Photo Exhibit on Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges
          9:00 am, UP Asian Center, QC


Tumandok: Showcasing West Visayan Culture Through Films | Free Screenings
          8:30 am–12:00 noon, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

Power and Knowledge in Southeast Asia: State and Scholars in Indonesia and the Philippines: A Book Launch-Roundtable
          Rommel Curaming, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Brunei Darussalam
          1:00 pm–3:00 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

Screenings of West Asian Films
          3:00 pm–7:00 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC


Ikebana as Sustainable Art: A Lecture-Demo on Japanese Traditional Flower Arrangement
           Asako Tsunoda
           1:00 pm–2:30 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

Encounters with Silence: A Screening and Forum on 'Lonely Death' in Japan
          January Victoria, Film Maker
           2:30 pm–4 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

How do Elite University Students in ASEAN Look at their Asian Neighbors: A Lecture
          Shigeto Sonoda, PhD, Professor, University of Tokyo
           3:00 pm–5:00 pm, Seminar Room, UP Asian Center, QC

South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Field of Historical Study: A Lecture
          Dr. Ian Caldwell (University of Leeds, UK, ret.)
          5:00 pm–7:00 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC


Rhetoric of Creative Partnership: Conversations on Cross-cultural Artistic Exchanges


Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia: A Roundtable
          3:00 pm–5 pm, UP Asian Center, QC


Blue Tea of Southeast Asia: A Lecture-Demo-Tea Tasting
          Grace Odal-Devoria, PhD, Professor, University of the Philippines Manila
          3:00 pm–4:30 pm, UP Asian Center


Asia 4.0: The 2019 Graduate Students' Conference
          8 am–4 pm, GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, QC

Keynote Address: Trade and Development with Human Capital: A Century's Narrative in Korea
          Hak Kil Pyo, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Economics, Seoul National University


Alas ng Bayan: Women, Heroism, and Memory: An Exhibit (Details to follow)


Sitano Langon: Mga Kwento ng Marawi: A Lecture-Exhibit (Details to follow)


What does the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” mean for societies in Asia? Rapid globalization alongside unprecedented integration of the digital, physical, and biological spheres—hallmarks of the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0)—are projected to cause massive shifts in economies and societies across the world (Schwab, 2016). While “Industry 4.0” promises greater productivity and connectivities, it also threatens to disrupt conventional production patterns through automation and digitization. What do these technological disruptions mean for Asia’s more than four billion inhabitants many of whom still rely on traditional modes of production? What roles do state and non-state actors play in “Industry 4.0”? What risks and opportunities become available as big data, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, smartphones, and robotics are increasingly used and integrated in various industries including finance, health, and military among others? How are social identities (re)configured as countries and communities converge in various and novel ways, including and most notably, through the internet and the virtual world? The Asian Center of the University of the Philippines focuses on these issues as it celebrates its 64th anniversary. It has organized events that not only deal on the changes and challenges brought by “Industry 4.0”, but also provide Asian and Filipino perspectives to these issues.


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