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
Over the years, the Asian Center has published books and monographs on a variety of topics, from foreign policy and regional security to history and popular culture. Our latest book is East Asian Popular Culture: Philippine Perspectives, which compiles nine articles on Japanese, Korean and Chinese pop culture, offering interdisciplinary analyses of manga, films, TV dramas, and music and examining how these cultural forms are consumed and experienced in a Philippine context.