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 held the webinar, “Taiwan vs. COVID-19: Standing Up to the Challenge,” on 16 September 2020, 2 – 4 pm (Philippine time) via WebinarNinja. 



The webinar discussed Taiwan’s successful containment of the pandemic through various public health and policy measures. Because the pandemic did not spare Taiwan of international political challenges, it will also examine the increasing complications of its relationship with mainland China.  It will also analyze Taiwan’s position in international affairs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With several countries having already succeeded in containing the pandemic, with now low to zero number of cases and the economy and daily activities gradually returning to normal, the Philippines is experiencing a worsening situation. Hence, the webinar aimed to become a platform for sharing the best practices to respond to the pandemic as recommendations for the Philippines.
You may also download the webinar presentation of the main speaker. 



H.E. Michael Peiyung Hsu is the Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines. He assumed office in 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served in various positions in Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) such as Director General of the Department of International Organizations and an APEC Senior Official from 2015-2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and a master’s degree in China Studies from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is also a Senior Fellow of Harvard University.


Ranjit Singh Rye is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. He has taught various subjects in political science, such as Philippine government and politics and Philippine national and local administration. His research interests include policy analysis and program administration, local government and devolution, legislative politics, e-government and ICT for development.

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.