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 graduate students’ conference, The Philippines and Asia in the 21st Century, on 5 May 2018, 8 am to 4 pm at UP Asian Center, QC. The conference is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served, but participants are encouraged to sign up to receive any major update (changes in program, etc). 


The conference features three sessions covering 14 panels and 58 presentations from the graduate students of the UP Asian Center taking up their MAs at the UP Asian Center and their PhDs at the TriCollege PhD Philippine Studies program.

Each session consists of four (4) to five (5) parallel sessions. The first session starts at 9 am; the second at 10:45 am; and the third at 1:15 pm. Below is the tentative schedule. Please click panel on titles below to view individual presentations therein. VIEW ALL PANELS AND PAPERS IN ONE (1) PDF.

SESSION 1: 9:00 AM–10:30 AM

Panel 1: Asian Identities

Panel 2: Cultural Globalization, Tourism and Marketing in East/Southeast Asia

Panel 3: Confucianism, Taoism, and Spirituality

Panel 4: Islam, Ritual, and Christianity in Peace and Development

SESSION 2: 10:45 AM-12:15 AM

Panel 5: Film and Media in Japan and the Philippines

Panel 6: Korean Pop Culture 

Panel 7: Education: Policy and Praxis in East Asia

Panel 8: Food, Sports, Ageing, and the Military in East Asia

Panel 9: History, Memory, and Politics

SESSION 3: 1:15 PM-2:45 PM

Panel 10: International Relations in East/West Asia

Panel 11: Development and Political Economy

Panel 12: Art and Literature in the Philippines

Panel 13: Gender, Racism and Nation in Korea and Southeast Asia

Panel 14: Religious Expressions and NONES


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. Please refer to our venue and vicinity map.

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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