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 be hosting a public lecture by Dr. Vera Mackie, “Gender and Sexuality Studies: Asia-Pacific Perspectives,” on 13 February 2019, 1 – 3:30 pm, at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.



Dr. Mackie will discuss the necessity of placing gender and sexuality in a transnational frame, and other local issues in gender and sexuality in East Asia.  She will draw on her experience in co-editing “The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia” (Routledge 2015) and “Rethinking Sexual Citizenship: Asia-Pacific Perspectives,” (2017) a special issue of the journal, Sexualities.


Vera Mackie is a Senior Professor of Asian and International Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is also the Director of the Center for Critical Human Rights Research, which advocates for human rights and security through a collaborative and community-engaged research approach. Read more.


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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.