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, with the support of the Japan Foundation Manila, will hold a research writing workshop on 4 December 2023, 9:00 am (GMT+8), ONSITE at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, and on 6 December 2023 at Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The event is free and open to the public.


Chiho Ogaya is a professor of sociology at the Faculty of Letters, Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan. She studied transnational sociology and migration studies at the Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University. She has been doing research on Filipino migrant women and their families, the social organization of migrant domestic workers in the Asian region, and published many articles both in Japanese and English. Currently, she is researching the topic of children and migration, such as 1.5 generations of Filipinos in Canada, Japanese Filipino Children's identities through their mobile childhoods, and the roles of support NGOs. She has been working with the support and empowerment activities for JFC and their mothers with civil society both in Japan and the Philippines. She is currently the chair of the Commission of Gender Equality of the City of Yokohama and the vice chair of the Commission on the Promotion of Multicultural Policy of City of Kawasaki, Japan. Her publications include Living in Motion: Filipino Migrant Women and their Multiple Mobilities (『移動を生きる―フィリピン移住女性と複数のモビリティ』in Japanese)(Tokyo: Yushindo, 2016), Transnational Sociology(『国際社会学』in Japanese) (Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2015-2023. Co-edited with Miyajima T. and Sato S.), ”Exclusionism targeting international marriage couples and their children” (2019) in Shiobara Y.,Kawabata K., and Matthews J. eds., Cultural and Social Division in Contemporary Japan: Bridging Social Division, Routledge (co-authored with Shimoji, Y.L), and “When Mobile Motherhoods and Mobile Childhoods Converge: The Case of Filipino Youth and Their Transmigrant Mothers in Toronto, Canada” (2015), in Nagasaka I, and Fresnoza-Flot A. eds., Mobile Childhoods in Filipino Transnational Families: Migrant Children with SimilarRoots in Different Routes, Palgrave Macmillan (pp.205-221).
Dr. Matthew Santmaria is Professor and the Assistant to the Dean for Cultural Affairs at the UP Asian Center. He obtained his Doctor of Law in Political Science in Kyoto University. He handles courses in Asian Studies and Philippine Studies at the UP Asian Center.
Dr. Ariel Lopez is Associate Professor and teaches courses on culture, society, and history of Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia at the Asian Center, UP Diliman. He obtained degrees in History at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He was recently a visiting researcher at Linnaeus University, Sweden as part of the research program “Historical Treaties of Southeast Asia.”


 “Heritage for Whom and What? The Politics of Heritage in the Sado Complex of Heritage Mines in Japan (Graduate Level)”
     Jeanne Therese Maling, UP Diliman
"A Life of Shame: Constructing Osamu Dazai as Transnational Cultural Icon"
     Amanda Marione Mallari, UP Diliman
"Of Loneliness and Love: Queer Readings of Mieko Kawakami’s All the Lovers in the Night and Hiromi Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo"
     Miles Allyson Jalocon, UP Diliman
"Effects of Japan’s Doubling of Defense Spending on Economic Output"
     Axl Fitzgerald Bulawan, UP Tacloban
"The Japanese War Atrocities in the Province of Leyte, 1942-1945"
     Moira Pauline Iradel, University of Santo Tomas
"A Morphosemantic Analysis of Oshikatsugo (The Language Used for Oshikatsu) on Twitter"
     Ma. Julia Zidenka Nievera
"The Distant Heart’s Gaze: Queer Yearning and Nostalgia in Japanese Boys’ Love Films"
     Shedorlaomar Corales, UP Open University
"A Work-Driven Society: An Analysis on Japan's Socioeconomics and Demographic Trend"
     Eione Zangel Zapata, UP Manila
"Under Promotion: A Diplomatic History of the Magsaysay Administration and Japan (1954 - 1957)"
     John Matthew Ching, Our Lady of Fatima University – Antipolo
"Different Lenses to What's Contemporary: The Differing Youth Perceptions and Definitions of “Otaku” from Japanese Otaku and Filipino Otaku"
     Leo Niel Jasper Sese, UP Diliman
"Assessing the Yakuza System Using Feminist Evaluation"
     Marie Francine Ciasico, UP Diliman
"Filipinization of the Protestant Churches in the Philippines during the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945"
     Jairo Osorio, De La Salle University, Manila
"Imperialist Visuality: Wartime Indonesian Nationalism and Japanese Newsreel Propaganda in the Dutch Archives"
     John Adrianfer Atienza, UP Diliman
"The Possibility of Status of Forces Agreement Between the Philippines and Japan"
     Abel Tabarangao, UP Diliman
"Rethinking Pathways to Empowerment: A Comparative Analysis of Women’s Roles in Japan and the Philippines"
     Andrea Lorraine Duran, UP Diliman
"In Search of Luzon Sukezaemon: Tracing the first Japan-Philippine Intercultural Relations through Popular Media"
     Elijah Joshua Benjamin Aban, UP Diliman
"Erich Fromm's Philosophical Analysis on Vtubers: Unmasking the Authenticity of the Vtuber-Fan Relationship"
     Lex Rei Brendon Hilario, Saint Louis University, Baguio City


Authors of selected semi-finalists of the 6th Japanese Research Development Competition will come together for the second phase of the competition. This one-day writing workshop aims to critique the papers through selected reviewers.


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


•     All finalists will be required to do an oral presentation during a public forum in March 2024. The presentation must not exceed 15 minutes.
•     Failure to present their papers means ineligibility for the competition prizes. Presentations by proxies are not allowed.


The research competition aims to encourage Japan-related research among Filipino students, to disseminate knowledge and exchange perspectives on Japanese Studies. The public forum and research competition features paper presentations from undergraduate and graduate students in the Philippines. The event is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation, Manila


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