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

West Asia Day SL03
The UP Asian Center will be showcasing Persian culture in Sights, Sounds, and Strokes: The Music, Food and Calligraphy of Iran on 16 November 2018, 2 to 5 pm @ UP Asian Center, QC. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to sign up. 



The event features brief introductions to Persian culture. Guests will be treated to:

  • A live performance of traditional Persian music (Santoor)
  • Free demo of Persian calligraphy
  • Photo exhibit of Persia and Turkey
  • Traditional Persian cuisine

The event is organized as part of the 63rd anniversary of the UP Asian Center, with the theme, Bridging Asia and the Philippines, Bringing Asia to Filipinos.


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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 at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here