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, in cooperation with students of Philippine Studies (PS) 201 class under Dr. Henelito Sevilla, Jr. will be hosting a photo exhibit on rice in Asia, “R.I.C.E: Reaching Interconnectedness through Culture and Exchange” from 24 November to 28 November at the ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center. The exhibit opens at 2 p.m. and will run until 5 p.m., 28 November. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm (except Sunday). The exhibit is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to register online so that the organizers can estimate attendance on opening day. 


The photo exhibit will showcase a variety of rice or rice-based delicacies across Asia — such as Laksa, sticky rice with mango, and Kabsa —  and chart the rice trail that spans major rice-producing and -consuming regions throughout Asia, including the Philippines.  Captions and short essays will accompany the images to highlight the economic, socio-cultural, and political significance of rice. 

Rice plays a prominent role in Asian societies; according to the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the world’s rice production is done in the Asia-Pacific region. It is a staple crop, figures in many rituals, and helps determine economic and political policies of states. Foregrounding such importance, the photo exhibit aims to promote a better understanding of rice production and culture throughout Asia.

Free samples of rice or rice-based delicacies will be served during the exhibit opening. Servings will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Vehicles entering the UP Asian Center (GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center) grounds can only do so via the gate on Magsaysay Avenue that is near a UP guardhouse, a few meters away from Katipunan Avenue, and across Maynilad. A small gate for pedestrians on Guerrero St. lies across the College of Law parking lot and a few meters away from a waiting shed, where the Ikot jeepney, and jeepneys from Philcoa and SM North pass by.


The photo exhibit is organized by the students of Philippine Studies (PS) 201 class under Dr. Henelito Sevilla Jr. PS 201 covers the “Philippines in Asia.” 

The exhibit is one of many events—lectures, etc.—that the UP Asian Center is holding in celebration of its 61st anniversary this November. View a complete list of such activities. For inquiries about the exhibit, please email the Information Office of the UP Asian Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Aura Alcasid: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. programs 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. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.