Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem, Professor of Asian Studies at the Asian Center, was elected President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition at the FDC’s 12th National Congress last May 9-11, 2014.  A founding member of FDC, Tadem will assume office in January 2015.

Photo (Right): Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem

Established in March 1988, the FDC is ‘a nationwide, multisectoral, nonsectarian and pluralist coalition conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development.’   In pursuing its goals, the FDC ‘depart[s] from the traditional definition and scope of the economy and economic development’ by focusing on ‘those activities, relations, processes, policies and structures involved in and affecting the provisioning for human life in all its fullness, integrity and dignity.’ Ongoing FDC programs include debt and public finance, power, water, climate justice, and, women and gender.

Professor Tadem teaches graduate courses on Southeast Asia and Theories and Perspectives in Asian Studies. The Asian Center offers M.A. programs in Asian Studies focusing on any of four fields of specialization: Southeast Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Northeast Asian Studies, and West Asian Studies. The Center also offers other graduate degrees such as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies.

For more information on the FDC, visit its website at http://www.fdc.ph/.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman will be hosting Dr. Patricio N. Abinales, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, from 1 June 2014 to 18 July 2014. 

As Visiting Professor under the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (OVPAA), Dr. Abinales will be teaching a graduate course at the Asian Center, 
Asian Studies (AS) 253: Readings in Southeast Asia II, entitled “Academic Pilgrimages, Methodological Approaches, and Analytical Concepts from Southeast Asian Studies.”

The graduate seminar, which will run from 4 June to 8 July 2014, Mondays to Fridays, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, will help students examine how the personal histories of three scholars of Southeast Asia  shaped their intellectual interests, and how their subsequent scholarship enriched Southeast Asian Studies as well other areas and disciplines. Its second objective is for students to learn more about the approaches and techniques these scholars deployed, which they can then use as possible guides to their own research.

The main focus of the seminar will be the works of Benedict Anderson (Imagined Communities), plus a number of publications by two other Southeast Asianists, James Scott  (Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance) and Clifford Geertz (The Interpretation of Cultures). 

PHOTO: Asian Studies 253 Poster | Design/Layout by Katrina Navallo

Asian Studies 253 is not a course on theory, but an intensive reading and writing seminar on methodologies.  Students will be writing thought pieces on assigned readings and videotapes. At the latter part of the seminar they must also present drafts of their respective works. These may be theses or dissertation proposals, written chapters (especially those which have literature reviews and methodologies), and, if available, the pre-defense theses/dissertations themselves. These will be discussed and commented on by all members of the class. 

The course is not available for CRS registration and cross-enroll. Interested students will have to go to the Asian Center to enroll. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Professor Abinales is the author of, among other books, Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State (2000); Images of State Power: Essays of Philippine Politics from the Margins (1999); and Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim-Mindanao Narrative (2010). He obtained his Ph.D. in Government and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University.  

For more information, call the Office of the College of Secretary at the Asian Center at 927.0909; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Room 203, Hall of Wisdom, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The Asian Center offers MA programs in Asian Studies, covering Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia.  

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In commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 2013–2014, Asian Studiespublished by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, organized a round table to discuss the state of academic journal publication in the Philippines. This was held on Monday, 10 February 2014 at the Seminar Room of the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.

The roundtable brought together the editors of approximately 45 academic journals in the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies in institutions of higher education in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao-Sulu. 

It was held in light of certain issues that have surfaced in academic journal publishing in the Philippines and in Asia as a whole. Associate Professor Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo talked about the politics of publishing in ISI-certified journals and how it influences the scholarship and publishing in Philippine universities.

Dr. Albert Alejo, SJ provided an overview of the perspectives on and challenges of research and academic publishing in Mindanao; he also emphasized the need for an all-inclusive scholarship environment which recognizes the nuances among the different educational centers in the country.

Prof. Aileen Baviera and Sascha Gallardo, editor in chief and managing editor, respectively, of Wiley-Blackwell’s Asian Politics and Policy, shared their experiences in the publication process involved in an international academic journal.

The discussions also included the relevance of mainstream standards of scholarship; the role of English as a dominant medium; the place of local languages in academic publications, online publishing, alternative standards of scholarship, and strategies for cooperation and joint action. The establishment of a Philippine Citation Index and a Philippine Guild of Academic Publications are deemed as future actions.

The participants represent the following academic journals and publishing institutions in the country (in alphabetical order):

  • Filomeno Aguilar, Jr., Editor in Chief, Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Erlinda Alburo, Editorial Board Member, Journal of History, Philippine National Historical Society
  • Albert Alejo, SJ, Editor, Asia Mindanaw, Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • Sherlyn Almonte-Acosta, Editor, Education Quarterly, UP Diliman
  • Joel Ariate, Managing Editor, Kasarinlan, Third World Studies Center, UP Diliman
  • Maria Ela Atienza, Editor, Philippine Political Science Journal, Philippine Political Science Association
  • Nelia Balgoa, Mindanao Forum, Mindanao State University-IIT
  • Aileen Baviera, Editor in Chief, Asian Politics and Policy, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Anne-di Berdin, Philippine Journal of Social Development, College of Social Work and Development, UP Diliman
  • Karina Bolasco, Director, Anvil Publishing
  • Marya Svetlana Camacho, Editor, Manila Studies, Manila Studies Association
  • Alejandro Ciencia, The Cordillera ReviewCordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio
  • Lisandro Claudio, Editor in Chief, Social Transformations, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Golda Crisostomo, Editor in Chief, Luz y Saber, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Lino Dizon, Editor in Chief, Alaya, Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University
  • Divine Endriga, Editor, Synergeia, University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Jayson Fajardo, Editorial Associate, Philippine Journal of Public Administration, NCPAG, UP Diliman
  • Sascha Gallardo, Managing Editor, Asian Politics and Policy, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Jose Neil Garcia, Director, University of the Philippines Press
  • Eulalio Guieb III, Editor in Chief, Social Science Diliman, UP Diliman
  • Ramon Guillermo, Associate Professor, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, UP Diliman
  • Ronel Jimenez, Managing Editor, Antorcha, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Ricardo Jose, Editor, Kasarinlan, Third World Studies Center, UP Diliman
  • Romeo Lee, Editor in Chief, Asia Pacific Social Science Review, De La Salle University Manila
  • Rowell Madula, Managing Editor, Malay, De La Salle University Manila
  • Armando Malay, Jr., Editorial Advisory Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Eric Julian Manalastas, Editor in Chief, Review of Women’s Studies, Center for Women’s Studies, UP Diliman
  • Mayel Martin, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Katrina Navallo, Editorial Associate, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Janus Isaac Nolasco, Managing Editor, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Erlinda Paez, Editor, Synergeia, University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Robert Panaguiton, Asia Mindanaw, Ateneo de Zamboanga University
  • Raul Pertierra, Editor, Sabangan, Philippine Women’s University Manila
  • Antoinette Raquiza, Editorial Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Antonio Reynes, Philippine Law Journal, UP Diliman
  • Temario Rivera, Former editor, Philippine Political Science Journal, Philippine Political Science Association
  • Sandra Roldan, Journal of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman
  • Josefina Rolle, Philippine Journal of Social Development, College of Social Work and Development, UP Diliman
  • Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Associate Editor, Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society, Cebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos
  • Ramon Santos, Editor in Chief, Musika Jornal, UP Diliman
  • Vincenz Serrano, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Eduardo Tadem, Editor in Chief, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Editorial Board Member, Asian Studies, UP Diliman
  • Jean Tan, Editor in Chief, Budhi, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Giovanni Tapang, Editor in Chief, Diliman Review, UP Diliman
  • Rosario Torres Yu, Editor in Chief, Daluyan, Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, UP Diliman
  • Margaret Udarbe-Alvarez, Editor in Chief, Silliman University Journal, Silliman University, Dumaguete
  • Charlie Veric, Kritika Kultura, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Olivia Villafuerte, Sabangan, Philippine Women’s University Manila
  • Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Review Editor, Asian Studies, UP Diliman

Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published since 1963 by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

Asian Studies, the open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Asian Center, is celebrating its 50th anniversary on 28 November 2013.

One of the first journals of its kind in Southeast Asia, Asian Studies has produced cutting-edge academic work of scholars on Asian concerns covering the social sciences and humanities.  Born in the midst of the Cold War, the journal witnessed not only the national, anti-colonial upheavals in Asia but also the emergence of intellectual trends that came along and in the aftermath of those changes, from critiques of Orientalist discourse to developing alternative understandings of Asia.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, Asian Studies has set up a small display at the lobby of the Hall of Wisdom, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The exhibit features a commemorative poster, ‘From the Cold War to the Rise of Asia: Fifty Years of Asian Studies’ and displays several milestone issues of the journal.

PHOTO (ABOVE): Front cover of the first ever issue of Asian Studies, dated 28 November 1963. 

“It is a privilege to lead Asian Studies at this critical juncture in its history,” says Dr. Eduardo C. Tadem, who took over as editor in chief in June 2012 and reconstituted the editorial board and editorial advisory board.  “As a significant part of the history of the academe in the Philippines, if not in Asia, for the past 50 years, the journal has contributed much to our understanding of Asia and the Philippines.”

Throughout its history, Asian Studies has published many pioneering studies 
on Philippine history, culture, and society and has gathered a sizable collection of articles on East Asian studies (China, Japan and Korea), South Asian Studies (India) and Southeast Asian Studies (mainly ASEAN countries). 

The journal has classified these articles according to region, country, and theme
including Religion and Spirituality in Asia;  Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Asia; Asian Language and Literature; Buddhism in Asia; and Politics and Regionalism in Southeast Asia, among others. These articles and compilations may be downloaded for free from the Asian Studies website, which was launched in early 2013. 

Visit the journal's Archives page.

 “Many of these articles,” shares Dr. Ed Gonzalez, Dean of the Asian Center and member of the journal's editorial board, “represent, among other things, early, yet critical studies on Asian societies. Many of them were written 30 to 50 years ago, but they can offer scholars today a glimpse of how academics then, living amidst social, political, and intellectual change, viewed critical issues that continue to affect us today. I hope that these articles can offer some hindsight that can in turn shed new light on today’s issues.”

PHOTO (RIGHT): Commemorative Poster and milestone issues of the journal

Today, Asian Studies is also poised to help chart new and critical directions in the study of Asia as the historical and intellectual climate shifts again in a region that now plays an increasing and more decisive role in global history. 


The University of the Philippines Diliman, through the Asian Center, is set to join the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA), which was formally established on 11 October 2013 at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Kyoto University.

The participation of the University of the Philippines Diliman was facilitated by Professor Eduardo Tadem, who sits on the Consortium’s Governing Board along with Ikrar Nusa Bhakti of Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Michael Feener of the National University of Singapore, Liu Hong of Nanyang Technological University, Tong Chee Kiong of the University Brunei Darussalam, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao of Academic Sinica, Park Jang Sik of the Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies.

The Consortium is chaired by Prof. Sunait Chutintaranond of Chulalongkorn University. Its secretariat is based at Kyoto University.

The SEASIA aims to promote Southeast Asian studies by linking the leading area studies institutions in the region in a cooperative venture to provide a multilateral forum for organizing academic meetings, seminars, workshops, and symposia. It will also promote research collaboration and networking, operate as a system for sharing information, and offer opportunities for education and training of young and up-and-coming scholars. Its first biennial conference will be held in Kyoto in 2015.

For more information, read the press release from the Consortium.

Vinod Raina, 63. Photo from The Hindu, 31 Dec 2010.Vinod Raina, member of the editorial advisory board of Asian Studies, Indian educator, scientist, and activist, passed away on 12 September 2013 in Bhopal, India.

Born on June 20, 1950, Vinod was once a Naxalite guerrilla fighter and afterwards earned a PhD in elementary particle physics. He resigned from his teaching post at Delhi University’s Physics Department in 1985 to work in a grassroots organization in the areas of education, literacy, ecology, and rural development. Co-founder of the NGO, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (Indian Organization for Learning and Science), he also helped establish the All-India People’s Science Network, an organization that empowers local people to implement their developmental ideas and needs.

In recent years, Vinod was associated with the Indian Rights Movement as a proponent of the Right to Education Act (2009) in India, a constitutional amendment that aims “to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years…” He was also prominent in successfully persuading the Indian Parliament to legislate for Right to Information, Right to Work for the rural poor, and in the ongoing battle for Right to Food. These legislative actions have provided a platform for vibrant resistance to market based neoliberal solutions that are sweeping across the globe. 

Vinod tirelessly worked with the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and the anti-Narmada Dam movement, and published a book, “'The Dispossessed:Victims of Development in Asia” with the Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA), of which he was  long-time executive board member. His other associations with civil society groups and movements in India, Asia and globally include Jubilee South and the World Social Forum process.

He was a Homi Bhabha Fellow (1992-94), a senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1994-97), an Asia Leadership Fellow (Japan, 2002) and an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Science Writers Association. He had also been promoting, as a way of explaining global inequalities, the concept of "ecological debt" that is continually being accumulated by the North to the South through the plunder of the latter's resources.

Photo from The Hindu, 31 Dec 2010. 


Interviews with Vinod's associates.

Vinod Raina, “Brief Biodata.” 2011.

“Cancer claims educationist-activist Vinod Raina,” The Hindu, 13 Sept. 2013. URL: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cancer-claims-educationistactivist-vinod-raina/article5122168.ece.

"RTE Act may turn into a paper tiger: educationist," The Hindu, 30 Dec. 2010.  URL: http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/31/stories/2010123161310700.htm