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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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. 

The Indonesian Ministry of Education & Culture Darmasiswa Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from Filipino students interested in studying Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian culture in any of 71 participating universities in Indonesia this 2019. Deadline of applications is on 1 March 2019.

The book, Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644 : Local Comparisons and Global Connections, may be downloaded free from the Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) website. Written by Birgit Tremml-Werner, it was published in 2015 by Amsterdam University Press. 

The College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman will be hosting a lecture by Jung Bong Choi, The Political Economy of Korean Blockbusters, Then and Now, on Thursday, March 22 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Film Studio, CMC Media Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

The Opening Night of the Haruki Murakami Festival will feature a lecture by Dr. Alona Gueverra, alumna of the UP Asian Center’s Japanese graduate studies program. Her lecture, along with other presentations and performances, will be held on 27 February 2018, 5 pm to 7 pm at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.