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 Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the China International Publishing Group (CIPG) for donating nine boxes of books to the Asian Center Library, UP Diliman.

The UP Asian Center will hold a virtual research conference, “Beyond ASEAN: Global and Local Impacts of Balancing Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities,” on 13 January 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Philippine time via Zoom.

The UP Asian Center presented “Flares of Hope, Vanguards of Unity,” its Virtual Lantern Presentation during the “Diwa ng Diliman” ceremonies, which were held on 18 December 2020 in lieu of UP’s traditional Lantern Parade.

Send your abstracts for an international conference, “Sabang: Early Southeast Asian-European Intercultural Encounters,” which will be held on 18–20 March 2021 via Zoom.

The latest issue (open access) of Asian Studies Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia  is now available.