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 launch a forum-poster exhibit, Asia on the Rise: Challenges for Philippine Foreign Relations, on 17 May 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, UP Asian Center, QC. The forum-exhibit is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served, but participants are asked to sign up. 


The forum will be held on 17 May 2018, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm; it features the presentations, through posters, of seven graduate students of the UP Asian Center taking up PS (Philippine Studies) 279—Philippine External Relations—under Professor Aileen Baviera. 

    • Philippine Foreign Policy Implications of Expanded Trade in Renewable Energy Technology with China by Anton Sandoval

    • The Philippines and India’s Act East Policy by Florence Principe

    • India Strengthening Maritime and Economic Partnership with ASEAN: Weighing the Benefits and Assessing the Future of Their Diplomatic Ties by Lovely Ramos

    • Transnational Psycho-Social Interventions As Foreign Relations Strategy to Counter Terrorism by Jennifer Kleskie

    • Exploring the Role on Non-State Actors in State Recognition of Stateless Filipinos in Sabah by Clarisse Culla

    • Western and Chinese Narratives in the South China Sea by Andrew Guevarra

    • ASEAN and Philippine Refugee Policy by Leizel Caasi


    • Why Duterte’s China Strategy Is Headed for a Free Fall by Professor Aileen Baviera (17 May only)


The students' posters will be available for viewing from 18 to 19 May 2018. Exhibit hours 8 am to 5 pm. 


The forum-poster exhibit is organized by the students of PS 279 taught this semester by Dr. Aileen Baviera, Professor at the UP Asian Center, who specializes on and writes about contemporary China studies, China-Southeast Asia relations, Asia-Pacific security, territorial and maritime disputes, and regional integration.

The editor in chief of the journal, "Asian Politics & Policy," she is the author of many academic publications, including the "The Domestic Mediations of China's Influence in the Philippines," which appears in Rising China's Influence in Developing Asia, edited by Evelyn Goh and published by Oxford University Press. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. 

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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.