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.

11 November (Monday)                       

Southeast Asia and Industry 4.0: A Roundtable

Opening: Photo Exhibit on Asia 4.0: Changes and Challenges

Forum on Philippine Development


12 November (Tuesday)

Film Showings: Asian Films

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


13 November (Wednesday)

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

South Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Field of Historical Study: A Public Lecture
          Dr. Ian Caldwell (University of Leeds, UK, ret.)


14–15 November (Thursday and Friday)

Rhetoric of Creative Partnership: Conversations on Cross-cultural Artistic Exchanges | International Conference (in collaboration with the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman)


19 November (Tuesday)

Asian Food Festival


23 November (Saturday)

Graduate Students Conference


25–27 November (Monday-Wednesday)

Alas ng Bayan: Women, Heroism, and the Quinta de Alas Paintings: An Exhibit and Lecture


27–29 November (Wednesday – Friday)

Maranao Exhibit


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 of the 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.