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 Tri-College PhD Philippine Studies Program, University of the Philippines Diliman is now accepting applications for the January 2021 intake (second semester, Academic Year 2020–2021). The deadline of online application is on 7 November 2020.

In Asia, how does the traditional co-exist with the modern? To what extent have they redefined each other? Are they in harmony, in conflict, or both?

Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso’s lecture, “ASEAN Centrality: UP Close and Personal” delivered in a webinar on 14 August 2020, is now available on YouTube.

The UP Asian Center will be holding a webinar, “Border-Crossing Dilemmas under the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Filipino and other Southeast Asian Workers Residing in and Heading for Japan,” on 23 September 2020, 2 – 4 pm (Philippine time), via Zoom. The event is free, but participants must register using an authenticated Zoom account.

The UP Asian Center held the webinar, “Taiwan vs. COVID-19: Standing Up to the Challenge,” on 16 September 2020, 2 – 4 pm (Philippine time) via WebinarNinja. Watch the webinar replay.