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 title of the presentation was “Somewhere Between Area, Empire, and Transnation: The Transformation of Area Studies in the 21st Century" and given at the 2018 International Conference of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, held from 11 to 12 May 2018 at the Busan University of Foreign Studies, Busan, Republic of Korea.   

The forum-exhibit also features research posters by graduate students of the UP Asian Center taking up the course Asian Studies (AS) 255.1 (Social and Economic Development in Southeast Asia) under UP Asian Center Dean Joefe B. Santarita.