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, "Bap Meogeureo Gaja! Tara, Kain Tayo! : A Korean and Filipino (Fusion) Cuisine Demonstration," held on 2 December 2020 is now available on YouTube.


This webinar shall introduce two famous Korean foods, bulgogi and kimchi chigue.  Bulgogi is Korean equivalent of grilled beef or barbecue. Kimchi-jjigae or kimchi stew is a jjigae, or stew-like Korean dish, made with kimchi and other ingredients, such as pork or seafood, scallions, onions, and diced tofu. It is one of the most common stews in Korean cuisine. The cuisine demonstration shall give a glimpse of how the authentic dishes and the fusion are made by two chefs, a Korean and a Filipina. They will demonstrate how these are cooked similarly and differently. Some Korean words about the ingredients will also be introduced. Beyond mere knowledge of how these cuisines are prepared, a deeper understanding of Korean culture would be explored in this webinar through an exploration of the language used, their history, and how they are being ‘modified’ to suit the taste of non-Koreans.


    • Chef Bogung
                Owner of the local food market, "Dalkomhan Bapsang"
    • Dr. Jeongho Cha
                Professor of Science Education, Daegu University
    • Jennifer Oliveros Villareal
                President of the Filipino Community in Gimcheon, under the Tamunhwa Center
    • Prof. Arnelyn M. Torres
               Tourism Management Department, Keimyung University


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.