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 and the Japan Foundation Manila will hold the "Japanese Studies in the Philippines: The 6th Japanese Studies Research Development Competition” on 9 March 2024, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (GMT+8) and 23 March 2024, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (GMT+8), both at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.



Aban, Elijah Joshua Benjamin DF
     M Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
     "In Search of Luzon Sukezaemon: Tracing the first Japan-Philippine Intercultural Relations through Popular Media"
Atienza, John Adrianfer Atienza
     MA Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
     "Imperialist Visuality: Wartime Indonesian Nationalism and Japanese Newsreel Propaganda in the Dutch Archives"
Hilario, Lex Rei Brendon A.
     Ph.D. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, Baguio City
     "The Advent of the V-tubing Community: A Critical Analysis on changes of Japanese parasocial relationships through the Vtuber-Fan Relationship"
Maling, Jeanne Therese L.
     MA Asian Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman
     "Heritage for Whom and For What? The Politics of Heritage in the Sado Complex of Heritage Mines in Japan"


1ST PLACE - Bulawan, Axl Fitzgerald
     University of the Philippines Tacloban
     "Effects of Japan’s Doubling of Defense Spending on Economic Output"
2ND PLACE - Nievera, Ma. Julia Zidenka D.
     Department of Linguistics, University of the Philippines Diliman
     "A Morphosemantic Analysis of Oshikatsugo (The Language Used for Oshikatsu) on Twitter"
FINALIST - Corales, Shedorlaomar C.
     Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies, University of the Philippines Open University
     "The Distant Heart’s Gaze: Queer Representation in Riho Kudo’s Let Me Hear It Barefoot (2021)"
FINALIST - Iradel, Moira Pauline M.
     University of Santo Tomas
     "The Japanese War Atrocities in the Province of Leyte, 1942-1945"



The research competition aims to encourage Japan-related research among Filipino students, to disseminate knowledge, and exchange perspectives on Japanese Studies. It is organized by the UP Asian Center and Japan Foundation, Manila.


The most well-developed research papers will be judged as winners of the competition. Winners will get the latest Apple iPad a plaque from the Japan Foundation Manila. All finalists will have the chance to publish in the Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia.

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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. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.