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 organizing a lecture and tea tasting, Blue Tea in Southeast Asia, on 19 November 2019, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm, at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served. Participants are encouraged to sign up.


About the Lecture

Folkloric and scientific studies on the 'Clitoria Ternatea' ("pukingan") show the need for more research on its historical, political , as well as its artistic and environmental functions and significance on planetary health. In this lecture, Dr. Odal-Devoria will discuss the plant ternatea and its other popular names; its various names in the different regions of the Philippines; its scientific nomenclature and plant system; and products and goods based on the plant. She will also discuss the health benefits—folkloric and scientific—and present a case study of a blue tea plantation in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines, as well as an example of how to conduct an indigenous method of inquiry. The lecture is part of her ongoing research on the plant, which among other things examines whether the plant is endemic to Southeast Asia.

About the Speaker

Dr. Grace Odal-Devora is Professor at the Department of Arts and Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila, where she started teaching in 1979. Dr. Grace Odal -Devora graduated from UP Diliman with a BA in English, with Concentration on Comparative Literature. She finished he MA degree in Asian Studies, focusing on Southeast Asia, with Indonesia as Core Country. In 2012, she graduated from the PhD Philippine Studies Program of the UP Diliman's Tri-College Program. She was also recipient of the Outstanding Artist Award of UP Manila in 1999 and again in 2009, as well as Outstanding Faculty in Research Award of UP Manila, for Creative Research in 2002.

Happy 64th Birthday, Asian Center!

This event is part of the month-long celebration of the 64th anniversary of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. Other activities include: Asia 4.0: The 2019 Graduate Students' Conference @ UP Asian Center, which will be held on 23 November 2019, 8 am–4 pm. The conference features 16 papers across four panels: Migration and Globalization; Politics, Culture, and Labor; Urbanization and Development; Health, Ageing, and Education. Please click on the link to view the abstracts.

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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