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

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The University of California Press is offering free access to many of its monographs under the Luminos Open Access publishing program. Listed are several titles that focus on the politics, history, culture and religion of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.

Below are some books about Asia, covering topics on its history, politics, economy and culture. Kindly observe Project Muse’s terms and conditions when downloading the PDFs.

There’s a lot more to view and/or download, but here are some books on Chinese history, politics, culture, and society. You may download the PDFs, but kindly observe Project Muse’s terms and conditions.

Was José Rizal influenced by anarchist thought? A 2013 paper argues just that.

Hundreds of books and journal articles are now open access for a limited period, thanks to a recent agreement with Project Muse and several U.S. publishers.

The book, Manga Vision: Cultural and Communicative Perspectives, may be downloaded for free from the OAPEN website. Published by Monash University Publishing, the book "examines cultural and communicative aspects of Japanese comics.....

The “New Worlds from Below: Informal Life Politics and Grassroots Action in Twenty-First Century Northeast Asia” is available for download at the OAPEN website.  The book charts how people take control of life and how they survive challenges through responses outside institutionalized political processes.

Published by Duke University Press, “A Nation on the Line: Call Centers as Postcolonial Predicaments in the Philippines” by Jan M. Padios is now available for download at the OAPEN website.

The UP Playwrights’ Theatre is staging “Nana Rosa,” a play based on the life of Maria Rosa Luna Henson, the “first Filipino to publicly come out as a comfort woman.” The production will run from 20 February 2019 – 10 March 2019.

Look back into history as UP Diliman celebrates its “Arts and Culture Month,” with the theme “Lakad-Gunita sa Lupang Hinirang,from 11 February – 29 March 2019.