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

Join us and celebrate UP Asian Center’s 65th anniversary!  
With the theme “Zealously Cultivating Ideas, Ceaselessly Inspiring Minds Across Asia,” the UP Asian Center will be holding a series of webinars this November as part of the anniversary activities. The Asian Center Library will also be conducting a virtual launch for a new collection on Southeast Asian materials.
The events are free and open to the public. Since all activities will be conducted online, interested participants are required to register using an authentic Zoom account. Please note that each event has its own registration link.


  • Trapped in the 19th Century: The Endless Reproduction of Colonial Stereotypes and Images in the Post-Colonial Present | 11 November 2020, 2 pm
Speaker: Prof. Farish A. Noor, Nanyang Technological University
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  •  Ayurveda Day | 13 November 2020, 11 am
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  • Pagkalalaki at Maka-Diyos: A Dialogical Look at Masculinity and Religiosity among Filipino | 18 November 2020, 10 am
Speaker: Dr. Michael J. Fast, Southeast Asian Theological Schools, Inc.
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  • Recent Developments in Inter-Korea Relations | 2 December 2020, 2 pm
Speaker: Prof. Eui Hang Shin, Seoul National University


  • Dr. Peter Boomgaard Southeast Asia Collection | 25 November 2020, 5-7 pm

The book collection holds almost 2000 book, monographs and edited volumes, including data materials from Indonesia's National Archive in Jakarta. Largely written in English and Dutch, the materials in the collection focus on disparate subjects ranging from economic, social, cultural, environmental, agricultural (forests, non-timber products, staple crops including rice and sugar), and scientific histories of Asia (mainland and southeast), particularly Indonesia.
The collection was named after the late Dr. Peter Boomgaard, a distinguished Professor of Environmental and Economic History of Southeast Asia at the University of Amsterdam. It was donated by his widow, Dr. Raquel A.G. Reyes, a historian and newspaper columnist.
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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.