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.
Decolonization and the Changing Political Economy of Urban Land in Java, 1930–1965 | A Public Lecture, 29 Oct
The UP Asian Center will hold the public lecture, “Decolonization and the Changing Political Economy of Urban Land in Java (1930-1965),” on 29 October 2019, 1 – 2:30 pm at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The event is free and open to the public.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage of China: The 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day | 11 September
The Confucius Institute of UP Diliman, together with the UP Asian Center, will be organizing several activities as part of “The Intangible Cultural Heritage of China: The 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day” on 11 September 2019, 10 am to 4 pm, UP Asian Center, QC.
Wartime Prostitution in Saigon, 1954–1975: Religious and Political Discourses | A Public Lecture, 30 Aug
The UP Asian Center will hold a public lecture, “Wartime Prostitution in Saigon (Vietnam), 1954-1975: Religious and Political Discourses” at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City, 30 August 2019, 5:30–7:00 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The UP Asian Center and the Japan Foundation Manila will be holding a public seminar, "Special Lecture and Debriefing Seminar on Japanese Culture and Literature ," at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City, 6 September 2019, 2 - 4 pm. The seminar is free and open to the public.