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



Books donated by the Japan Foundation arrived at the Asian Center on 6 May 2021, It consists of 97 titles, 73 of which are published between 2009 and the present. Most of this year's acquisitions encompass history; tourism; the family, marriage, women and sexuality; international relations; language and literature; and armies: organization, distribution, military situation.
View the complete list of donated books.
The new batch of books will be added to the Japan collection of the Asian Center Library; the donations includes Birgit Tremml-Werner's publication entitled Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644: Local Comparisons and Global Connections (Emerging Asia). Dr. Werner shared her expertise in the recently concluded “Scripts in Asia,” an online international conference organized by the Asian Center, and gave in effect an overview of her recent book.  
The latest acquisitions of the Asian Center also capture the changing demography and social dynamics in Japan, as well as the initiatives of the Japanese government in addressing these pressing challenges.
As a product of cooperation between the Japan Foundation and Asian Center, this library grant has endowed the Asian Center Library for the three years. The latest materials are vital to learning and research on Japanese Studies at the University of the Philippines.
This grant is a collaborative effort of the Asian Center's students taking Japanese Studies, the Asian Center Library, Mr. Alleson II D. Villota (alumnus of the Center), and Prof. Jocelyn O. Celero (Library Grant Project Director).
The library grant scheme extended to the Asian Center is aligned with the Japan Foundation's thrust to cultivate friendship, trust, and mutual understanding globally, and to work closely with institutions offering Japanese Studies.
Text and photo by Alessandra A. Guimba and Mary Faith V. Rayel.

The UP 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