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 forum-exhibit also features research posters by graduate students of the UP Asian Center taking up the course Asian Studies (AS) 255.1 (Social and Economic Development in Southeast Asia) under UP Asian Center Dean Joefe B. Santarita. 

The UP Asian Center will launch a forum-poster exhibit, Southeast Asia Amidst Social and Economic Dilemmas, on 25 May 2018, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The forum-exhibit is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served, but participants are requested to sign up.


The forum-exhibit also features research posters by graduate students of the UP Asian Center taking up the course Asian Studies (AS) 255.1 (Social and Economic Development in Southeast Asia) under UP Asian Center Dean Joefe B. Santarita.

The posters, divided into five clusters, will delve on the following topics:

International Political Economy

    • Rice and the Global Food Regime by Kristine Calleja
    • Foreign Aid and Trade: Donor Trade Gains in Aid Provision by Leny Amparo

Connectivity and Creativity in Southeast Asian Development

    • Conjectures and Constraints: Appraising Local and Regional Contexts of Developing Creative Economies in ASEAN by Ace Vincent Molo
    • Pursuing Innovation: Harmonizing ASEAN MSMEs' Direction to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Liam De Guzman

Economic Impacts of Education in Southeast Asia

    • Internationalization of Higher Education by Dyandell Mendoza
    • Employability of the First K-12 Graduates (2018): A Focus on Antipolo SHS Graduates by Cris Roco-Escape

Tourism and Health Policy Development in Southeast Asia

    • Closed Doors and Open Secrets: Sex Tourism in Southeast Asia by Mary Roseanne Ramirez
    • Do or Die: The Implications of Indonesia’s Economic Status to its Roadmap to Universal Health by Cheska Diaz

Migrants, Borders, and Development

    • Towards an ASEAN Borderless Economic Community: Exploring the Steps and Forecasts by Monica Abrille
    • Vulnerabilities of Indonesian Women Migrant Workers to Violent Extremism by Alma Amargo



A special lecture will be delivered on the event by Mr. Rasti Delizo, a foreign policy analyst focusing on international political and security affairs from a socially progressive perspective. He once headed the Political/Security Affairs Staff of the Macroeconomy and Political Affairs Office of the Presidential Management Staff-Office of the President (PMS-OP) and used to teach International Politics and Philippine Foreign Policy. He is also the national coordinator of the mass-movement political center Laban ng Masa, the political affairs coordinator of the socialist labor center Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, and the coordinator for the People’s Forum during APEC 2015. He also writes extensively on Southeast Asian regional issues.


The students' posters will be available for viewing from 25 to 26 May 2018. Exhibit hours 8 am to 5 pm. 


The exhibit is organized by the students of the UP Asian Center taking up Asian Studies (AS) 255 taught this semester by Dean Joefe Santarita, PhD, who specializes in Indian studies, migration studies, Philippine culture and society, maritime history and Southeast Asian political economy. Dr. Santarita, who obtained his Ph.D. in South Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore, handles several graduate courses at the UP Asian Center, including those on Regionalism and Community Building in Asia, Modern Asia, and Asia in Antiquity, among others. Visit his faculty profile.

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