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 UP Asian Center proudly presents the revival of Musyawarah: The Asian Center Official Newsletter. The debut issue features contributions that highligt relevant issues and news within the Center and the University, such as distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic. 
As we open the new semester in a remote setup, the newsletter serves as a way to welcome and keep in touch with the students, faculty and stakeholders of the Asian Center.


These are just some of the articles featured in the issue.
 • The Keynote: Data Gathering and Building Network in Indonesia (Graduate Essay)
 • Dr. Aileen Baviera: Remembering the Legacy
 • Remote Learning as UP’s Educational Strategy: Are We Really Ready?
 • Asian Center’s General Health Guidelines in Battling COVID-19


Musyawarah is a Bahasa Indonesia term for “discussion.” It is a free quarterly newsletter of the UP Asian Center, initiated by its Research and Publications Office. Originally began in 2006, it showcases academic and literary submissions from students, faculty, and staff. It contains relevant news and updates within the university, regional updates on Asia and messages from Asian Center stakeholders. The newsletter also features new library acquisitions and upcoming events.


We accept submissions all year round from Asian Center students, alumni, staff and faculty. For queries and submissions,  please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.