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 replay of the webinar, “Recent Developments in Inter-Korea Relations” held on 2 December 2020, is now available on YouTube.


This webinar aims to explore recent issues and events that transpired between North and South Korea such as the NoKor’s Nuclear Weapons Program, the summit meetings, and the Trump-Kim meetings. It then seeks to analyze the impact and effects of these events to the domestic political conditions in the two countries.


Eui Hang Shin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and Visiting Research Fellow, Asia Center, Seoul National University. His areas of interest are the political demography of Korea and international higher education. He has published nearly 70 articles in journals such as Amerasia Journal, American Educational Research Journal, American Sociologist, and the International Journal of Korean Studies. His recent publications include Undergraduate Education at Prominent Institutions of Higher Education in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan (2017). He received BA in Sociology from Seoul National University in 1964, MA in Demography from University of Pennsylvania in 1968, and Ph.D. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.


This  activity is part of the Asian Center’s 65th anniversary celebration, with the theme “Asian Center @ 65: Zealously Cultivating Ideas, Ceaselessly Inspiring Minds Across Asia.”         

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.