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

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The UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila will be holding a public forum, “Japanese Studies in the Philippines,” on 16 March 2019, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM, at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The forum is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Walk-ins are welcome, but interested participants are encouraged to sign up.

The UP Asian Center will be organizing “The Postwar Rise and Decline of the Left in Southeast Asia,” a public lecture by Nathan Gilbert Quimpo on 7 March 2019, 1 pm–3 pm, UP Asian Center, QC.

The Japan Foundation and the UP Asian Center are calling for submissions of Japan-related research for the “Japanese Studies in the Philippines: A Research Competition for Students.” The competition is open to Filipino students in the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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.

Discover traditional Japanese music with a rock-band twist at “Rocking Tradition: A Shamisen Concert with Keisho Ohno” on 12 February 2019, 7 PM, UP Asian Center, Diliman, Quezon City. The performance is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but attendees are encouraged to sign up.