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, “How Do Elite University Students in ASEAN Look at their Asian Neighbors?: An Analysis of Asian Student Survey 2013-2018,on 13 November 2019, 3 pm–5 pm at the 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.



The presentation presents an analysis of the Asian Student Survey (2008-2018) to show indications of the “ASEAN-centrality mentality” among the elite university students in six ASEAN countries — Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Through the use of opinion polls, it emphasizes social psychology to locate interconnected among people of ASEAN countries. It explores the perceptions and attitudes of students towards member countries as compared to non-ASEAN states, the social connectivity among students of ASEAN states, their desire to study in member countries and their shared views on the rise of China.  


Shigeto Sonoda is a professor of sociology and Asian Studies at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), University of Tokyo. He is also the director of the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies in China. Among his research interests are social stratification and globalization of cultures in Asia, and localization process of Japanese company in Asian countries. His latest publications are China Impact: Threat Perception in Asia-Pacific (2018) and How to cope with “China Risk”: The Challenges of Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese Firms (2016).


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

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

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

• South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Field of Historical Study | A Public Lecture


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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.