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 organize lectures, conferences, film showings, food festival, roundtable, book launch, and cultural activities to celebrate its 64th anniversary, with the theme, Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges. The events are free and open to the public. Details are still being finalized for these events, but you can sign up below to received updates as they come.

THEME and LIST OF ACTIVITIES

  • About the Theme

    What does the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” mean for societies in Asia? Rapid globalization alongside unprecedented integration of the digital, physical, and biological spheres—hallmarks of the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0)—are projected to cause massive shifts in economies and societies across the world (Schwab, 2016). While “Industry 4.0” promises greater productivity and connectivities, it also threatens to disrupt conventional production patterns through automation and digitization. What do these technological disruptions mean for Asia’s more than four billion inhabitants many of whom still rely on traditional modes of production? What roles do state and non-state actors play in “Industry 4.0”? What risks and opportunities become available as big data, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, smartphones, and robotics are increasingly used and integrated in various industries including finance, health, and military among others? How are social identities (re)configured as countries and communities converge in various and novel ways, including and most notably, through the internet and the virtual world?

    The Asian Center, University of the Philippines focuses on these issues as it celebrates its 64th anniversary. It plans to organize events that not only deal on the changes and challenges brought by “Industry 4.0”, but also provide Asian and Filipino perspectives to these issues.

  • Southeast Asia and Industry 4.0: A Roundtable

    Speaker: H.E. Gerard Ho Wei Hong

    Mr Gerard Ho is Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1997. He was Director-General of the ASEAN Directorate from January 2015 to February 2019. Mr Ho served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of Singapore in Jakarta from February 2010 to December 2014. He was First Secretary in the High Commission of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur from January 2004 to July 2007, and First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York from April 2000 to August 2003. Mr Ho will take up post as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines on 18 March 2019. Mr Ho obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from the National University of Singapore in 1997. He obtained a Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University, New York, in 2009. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore)

    Abstract

    To follow

  • Opening: Photo Exhibit on Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges

    Time and Venue

    TBA

  • Philippines 4.0 | A Forum on Development

    Time and Venue

    TBA

  • Free Screening of Asian Films

    Time and Venue

    12 November, 8–12 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC.

    Films to be Shown

    To follow

  • Power and Knowledge in Southeast Asia: State and Scholars in Indonesia and the Philippines |A Roundtable and Book Launch

    Time and Venue

    12 November, 1–3 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

    About the Book

    Examining two state-sponsored history writing projects in Indonesia and the Philippines in the 1970s, this book illuminates the contents and contexts of the two projects and, more importantly, provides a nuanced characterization of the relationship between embodiments of power (state, dictators, government officials) and knowledge (intellectuals, historians, history).

    Known respectively as Sejarah Nasional Indonesia (SNI) and the Tadhana project, these projects were initiated by the Suharto and Marcos authoritarian regimes against the backdrop of rising and competing nationalisms, as well as the regimes’ efforts at political consolidation. The dialectics between actors and the politico-academic contexts determine whether scholarship and politics would clash, mutually support, or co-exist parallel with one another. Rather than one side manipulating or co-opting the other, this study shows the mutual need or partnership between scholars and political actors in these projects. This book proposes the need to embrace rather than deny or transcend the entwined power/knowledge if the idea is for scholarship to realize its truly progressive visions (Routledge.com). 

    Roundtable Participants

    To follow

    The Author

    Rommel A. Curaming, PhD is an alumnus of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Dilman. He is "Senior Assistant Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). His areas of research include comparative historiography, history and memory of violence, historical theory, and knowledge politics in Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia and the Philippines." (Routledge.com).

  • Free Screenings of Asian Films (Afternoon-Evening)

    Date and Time

    12 November 2019, 3 pm–7 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center

    Films to be Shown

    To be announced

  • Ikebana as Sustainable Art: A Lecture and Demonstration on Japanese Traditional Flower Arrangement

    Time and Venue

    To be confirmed; details to follow

  • Encounters with Silence | A Documentary Screening and Forum on the "Lonely Death" in Japan

    Time and Venue

    13 November 2019, 2:30 pm–4 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

    Synopsis

    In a country with a large population of elderly and middle-aged people living in isolation in small apartments without friends or family to rely on, many die alone and unnoticed. Their bodies are discovered by neighbors several weeks, or even months, after. The lonely death, or kodokushi, has become hauntingly common in Japan. Still it remains a sensitive subject and is rarely discussed. Filmmaker Janus Victoria confronts the silence on the subject through encounters with a man who cleans the apartments of those who die alone, a photographer who documents the aftermath of kodokushi, an elderly woman fiercely protective of her independence even in old age, and an artist who sings to pierce the stillness around her. By examining the quiet and lonely death, Encounters with Silence becomes a meditation on life itself. Encounters with Silence premiered in competition under the Asian Perspective category of the 2017 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in South Korea. 

    About the Filmmaker

    Janus Victoria is a filmmaker of narrative features and documentaries. Encounters with Silence was produced during her fellowship at the Asia Center of The Japan Foundation. She is now working on her first feature film project Kodokushi, a Japan-Philippine co-production.  She is an MA student at the Asian Center, majoring in Japan.

     

  • A Public Lecture by Prof. Shigeto Sonoda

    Time and Venue

    13 November, 3–5 pm, Room 206, UP Asian Center, QC

    The Speaker

    Prof. Shigeto Sonoda is a professor of sociology and Asian studies at the University of Tokyo. His reearch interests are social stratification and globalization of cultures in Asia, and localization process of Japanese company in Asian countries.  His latest publications include: Sino-Japan Relations, 1972-2012  IV. Private Sector, University of Tokyo Press (editor, 2014, in Japanese), Risk in East Asia, Keiso-shobo (editor, 2013, in Japanese), and Sino-Japan Relations, 1972-2012  III. Society and Culture , University of Tokyo Press (editor, 2012, in Japanese).

  • South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Field of Historical Study | A Public Lecture

    Time and Venue

    13 November 2019, 5–7 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

    The Speaker

    Dr. Ian Caldwell is a retired associate professor of Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Leeds, UK.

    Abstract

    To follow

  • Rhetoric of Creative Partnership: Conversations on Cross-cultural Artistic Exchanges | An International Conference

    Artists. Cultures. Conversations. This November 14-15, 2019, join us as we listen to the conversations of practitioners, scholars, and teachers of the performing arts about their narratives on cross-cultural artistic collaborations. We invite all artists, scholars, students, teachers interested in the performing arts. 

    To be held at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, this conference is co-organized and spearheaded by the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, College of Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman.

    View dedicated conference page for paper presentations, performances, and keynote addresses.

  • Asian Food Festival | A Food Tasting Event and Forum on Asian Food Culture

    Time and Venue

    To be confirmed; details to follow

    About the Organizer

    The forum is organized by the Asian Center Alumni Association.

  • The 2019 Graduate Students' Conference @ UP Asian Center

    Time and Venue

    8 am – 4 pm, GT-Toyota Auditorium, UP Asian Center, QC

    Program

    Graduate Student Conference (8 am – 12 pm)

    A Public Lecture organized by the Korean Embasssy (1–3 pm)

    Awarding Ceremony and Cultural Presentation (3–4 pm)

     

     

  • Alas ng Bayan: Women, Heroism, and Memory: An Exhibit and Lecture

    Time and Venue

    TBA, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC

  • Sitano Langon: Mga Kwento ng Marawi | A Lecture-Exhibit

    Time and Venue

    TBA, Philippines Hall, UP Asian Center, QC