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 will be hosting the first lecture in the webinar series, “Interrogating Globalization in an Asian Context,” on 29 November 2021, 10:30 am, Philippine Standard Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, but signing in to a free (basic) Zoom account is required.

Abstract and Concept Note

The webinar series features international and comparative political economy analyses on development issues arising from the existential crises, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and emerging policies and practices aimed at rebuilding the Philippine and other developing economies and societies on more equitable and sustainable foundations.
The series recognizes that analyses of the crises will greatly determine whether developing countries, like the Philippines, will emerge from the crises better able  to withstand future emergencies due to the vagaries of the rapidly globalizing world, whether financial or other economic shocks or cross-border environmental, geopolitical, or health crises.  Analyses that downplay strong state capacity to deliver health care, social protection, and economic services that helped tide developed countries over would deprive developing countries the policy space to adopt similar measures to salvage their own economies. The series aims to promote new thinking and policy reforms toward ensuring that the transition from the pandemic will pave the way for a just, free, and green future. 

Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Jayati Ghosh is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a member of the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs as well as the World Health Organization's Council on the Economics of Health For All, International Commission for Reform for International Corporate Taxation, Commission for Global Economic Transformation, Institute for New Economic Thinking, New York, and the Board of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is Executive Secretary General of the International Development Economics Associates, which promotes heterodox economics studies and perspectives. Dr. Ghosh, who taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for about 35 years, has written extensively on macroeconomic policies, labor, gender and development, social policy, and other development issues. Among the 19 books she wrote or co-edited include:  Asia rebounds but sustained recovery needs a new growth trajectory:  A synthesis study of the effects of the global financial crisis on the Asia-Pacific Region and The Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development. She earned her AB in Sociology with honors and MA in Economics at the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Cambridge. View Dr. Ghosh's CV.



Dr. Manuel F. Montes is Senior Advisor of the Society for International Development. Montes was Permanent Observer to the UN and Senior Advisor on Finance and Development at the South Centre; Chief, Development Strategies branch at the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); UNDP Regional Programme Coordinator, Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Program Officer for International Economic Policy at the Ford Foundation in New York; Coordinator for Economics Studies at the East-West Centre in Honolulu; and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of The Philippines, aside from visiting research fellowships in Tokyo (IDE), Helsinki (UNU/WIDER) and Singapore (ISEAS). Montes has an AB in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III is co-founder and executive director of Action for Economic Reforms. He is also the president of Bantay Kita, a civil society coalition engaged in promoting transparency in the extractive industries and serves as trustee of Samdhana, a regional development organization. He has written for several scholarly publications and is a columnist of BusinessWorld.

Asian Center’s 66th Anniversary

For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This webinar is one of the activities for the UP Asian Center’s 66th Anniversary. The theme for this year's celebration—Continuity and Change: The Asian Center at 66. View full list of activities.

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.