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 latest issue of Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia  — Volume 56, Issue 1, Year 2020  is now available. Visit the Asian Studies website (link below) to download the articles for free. The theme of the issue is "Othering in Asia: Peansats, Women, Migrants, and Tourists. "


Othering in Asia: An Introduction
     Janus Isaac NOLASCO and Michelle PALUMBARIT


Receiving a New Kind of Others: Korean Tourism in the Philippines
    Mari-Elina EKOLUOMA
Local History from Below: The Pulahanes of Masbate, Philippines (1898–1905)
    Renato PELORINA 
Symbolic Vengence for the Japayuki and Filipino Comfort Woman: The Appropriation of Japanese Theatrical Forms in Anton Juan Jr.’s Tuko! Tuko!
    Melissa Vera MARAMARA


Aileen Baviera (1959–2020): A Multilateral Life
    Janus Isaac NOLASCO
Insurgencies in Northeast India: Analyzing the Vicious Cycle of Underdevelopment, Poverty and Ethnic Conflicts
    Debajit DATTA and Chandreyi SENGUPTA
A Lauriat of Chinese Filipino Dishes
    Caroline HAU
Performing the Traditional Fiesta in Batanes: Pistang Chavayan in Sabtang, Island, Philippines
    Sir Anril TIATCO


Border-crossing as a Latin American Scholar of Asia: A Year Back in an (Un)Likely City for Asian and Southeast Asian Studies
    Jorge BAYONA
No Storm "Shall Return" Without a Promise of Safety: Reflections on a Visit Six Years after Yolanda
    Leonardo  MUNALIM


An Introduction to Yōkai Culture: Monsters, Ghosts, and Outsiders in Japanese History
    Reviewed by Alona GUEVARRA
Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe: First-hand Accounts of Genocide in Southern Mongolia during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Vol. I
    Reviewed by Jason MORGAN
The State Department Boys: Philippine Diplomacy and its American Heritage
    Reviewed by Wogie TABU-PACALA


A Morning in Pratunam
    Eunice Barbara NOVIO
Pinoy Patriot no. 1
    Noel Christian MORATILLA

 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.