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 Asian Center Blog

The Asian Center Blog, provisionally titled such, features the following content, including but not limited to: excerpts of reviews of books, essays, films, and other Asia-related media from third-party websites; reviews of such content from Asian Center staff or faculty; announcements of Asian Studies conferences, etc. 

Please note that by posting third-party content, the UP Asian Center does not necessarily entail an endorsement of, or agreement with (or otherwise) said content and/or its creators, organizers, publishers, and the like. Neither are the views expressed in such content necessarily a representation of the views of the UP Asian Center or its faculty or staff. They are featured here as Asian Studies-related material and are posted solely for information-dissemination purposes. 


Today marks the second anniversary of Dr. Aileen Baviera’s passing, and in the ensuing time, two journals have published their respective issues celebrating her life and scholarship.

The Latin American Association for Asian and African Studies and its partner universities will holding via Zoom the International Student Seminar on Asian and African Studies from 26 to 27 May 2022.

Two art works by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon  ‘Mangingisda’ and a colored print of ‘The Continuing Revolution,’ will be showcased in the launch of the online art exhibit, Collecting Histories: Gems from the Asian Center Art Collection, on 22 November 2021, 3 pm, Philippine Standard time. 

They were published in the journal, Public Policy, (now the Philippine Journal of Public Policy) published in turn by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies.

Watch UP professors and scholars discuss issues on Philippine history, society and culture in these video-lectures by TVUP, the Internet television (webcast) network of UP Diliman. 

A free webinar on “Tari Grebeg Sabrang Malang,” an Indonesian dance, will be held on 12 September 2020, 11 am (Philippine time). The event is free, but interested participants must register using an authenticated Zoom account.

The Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) is offering, “Fun Bahasa Indonesia and Culture Course,” a free online program for students who want to learn Indonesian language and culture. It will be held from 30 September – 23 December 2020.  Interested participants must submit requirements to apply to the program. Deadline of applications is on 16 September 2020.

Tinipon ng UP Asian Center ang ilang mga website upang makatulong sa pag-aaral ng Pilipinas. Ang mga naturang batis, na binubuo ng articles, e-books, at video lectures, ay libre.

The UP Asian Center has curated a short and far-from-exhaustive list of websites/organizations that offer open-access content—books and journal articles—on Asian Studies. Covering the humanities and the social sciences, the list is divided into sources offered by the UP Asian Center and by organizations such as university presses and academic institutions both in the Philippines and abroad.

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju will be holding an online workshop with the theme, “Building Education System Back Better in the COVID-19 Context," on 3 and 8 September 2020, at 15:00 Philippine Time (GMT+8) or 16:00 Korean Time (GMT+9).