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 the  UP Chinese Student Association will be hosting an Alternative Classroom Learning Experience Webinar via Zoom, "Building Bridges: Unraveling the Cultural History of The Chinese in the Philippines" on 12 December 2022, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Philippine Standard Time. The webinar is free and open to the public. Registration and signing into a (free) Zoom account is required.


Historically, people from multiple ethnicities have settled in the Philippine archipelago. One of those ethnic groups was the Chinese. Since the arrival of the Spaniards, the Chinese in the Philippines have played a pivotal role in the country’s history. Today, they are arguably one of the most crucial ethnic minorities because of their growing influence in the economy and the gradual assimilation of their culture into Filipino society. However, due to the current geopolitical situation, they remain misunderstood.
For this semester, the UP Chinese Student Association (UPCSA) in partnership with the UP Asian Center will be hosting the online Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE), Building Bridges: Unraveling the Cultural History of the Chinese in the Philippines. This webinar features lectures from experts on the history of the Chinese in the Philippines and the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China. By conducting this ACLE, we aim to:
          • clarify misconceptions about the Chinese-Filipino community,
          • show the history of Chinese settlement in the Philippines, and
          • explain the tensions existing between the Chinese and other groups due to cultural, social, and political differences.


Teresita Ang See is a social activist, educator, cultural worker and author. For the past 50 years, she made outstanding contributions to peace and social cohesion in the Philippines. She is the founding President of Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran, a movement composed of Chinese Filipinos. She also currently serves as the executive trustee of the Kaisa Heritage Center, which houses the museum of the Chinese in Philippine life, Bahay Tsinoy, the Chinben See Memorial Library, and the Kaisa Research and Data Bank. The Center is a repository of historical and cultural legacies of Tsinoys in Filipino society.
Ang See has written and co-authored 17 books, the most popular being Tsinoy–The Story of the Chinese in Philippine Life, a coffee table book that documents the history of the early Chinese immigrants and their transformation to today’s Tsinoys and five volumes of Chinese in the Philippines: Problems and Perspectives.
She is also well known for her anti-crime advocacy as the prime mover behind the Citizens’ Action Against Crime (CAAC) and the Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order, two of the most active anti-crime NGOs. She also serves as the Executive Chair of Manila’s People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to this date.
Dr. Tina S. Clemente is Professor at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics at the School of Economics from the same university. Her research interests include China Studies, Philippines–China economic relations, economic history, and development studies. She is the current editor-in-chief of Chinese Studies Journal. She was a program convenor of the China/Strategic Studies Program of the UP Center of Integrative and Development Studies. Dr. Clemente is also a former president of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS). She was awarded Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Guro, during the Linggo ng Parangal 2022 in UP Diliman. View her full profile.


The event is organized by the UP Asian Center and UP Chinese Student Association (UPSCA). UPSCA is a student organization for Chinese-Filipino students based in the University of the Philippines Diliman. Originally established in 1963 as a cultural organization for Chinese-Filipino students, it has now grown into a socio-civic and academic group. Know more about UPSCA.


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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.