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, in partnership with UP CIFAL Philippines, will be holding a special lecture, “Connections and Collaborations: The Case of Japanese, Zainichi Koreans, and Filipinos in Kyoto” on 2 March 2024, 9:00 am to 11:30 am (GMT+8), at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, UP Diliman. The event is free and open to the public.


In Japan, academic studies have inadequately addressed how foreign migrants have connected with Japanese people and other migrant groups through social and cultural activities. This presentation focuses on how Filipino migrants form relationships with Japanese residents and ‘Zainichi Koreans’ by participating in local festivals and social activities. Zainichi Koreans immigrated from the Korean Peninsula during the Japanese colonial era and today make up approximately twenty percent of the population in Higashi-Kujyo. In recent years, this area has become an arrival city for Koreans entering Japanese society. In 2012, a Filipino self-help community from the Cathedral Catholic Church in Kyoto City began to promote social activities through the Kyoto City Multicultural Exchange Network Salon operated by a Catholic social welfare corporation known as House of Hope. Some of the Filipino residents, along with members of the Japanese community, formed a music group called Japinoy Sessionista to perform at the facility’s seasonal festivals. Some members also participate in the Higashi-Kujyo Madang festival, a local festival based on Korean cultural representations. These representations traditionally are performed in rural areas to pray for a good harvest and health on the Korean peninsula. For the Higashi-Kujyo Madang Festival, new arrangements have been added to these traditional ritual performances. This presentation clarifies two Filipino movements, one is social activities mainly in the Kyoto City Multicultural Exchange Network, another is cultural activities like the Higashi-Kujyo Madang Festival. It outlines how collaborations between Japanese people, Koreans, and Filipinos are being built through social and cultural activities. This process will be examined in light of Filipinos becoming the second visible minority group in this area.


Dr. Atsumasa Nagata is a professor at the Department of Contemporary Business, Miyagi Gakuin Womens University. His research interests include social relations and network research on contemporary Filipino migration in Japan and Korea, contemporary migrants from Southeast Asia, Korean pop culture in Japan and the Philippines, and collaborations of Korean immigrant and Filipino migrants in the Japanese society. View his full profile.

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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian 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. It also 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. As an area studies institution, 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.