Visit to Alumni Chapters in Southeast Asia

picmonkey-collageLast November, EWC External Affairs Director, Karen Knudsen and Alumni Coordinator, Noreen Tanouye visited 5 Alumni Chapters.  They visited Chapters in Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and an alumni group in Brunei to potentially start a new chapter there.
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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Summer Study in Japanese Music

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Chris Molina

Graduate Degree Fellow


I flew to Tokyo on June 1, 2016 to begin two-and-a-half months of summer study in Japanese music. Twice weekly I met Mr. Kazushi Matama for one-on-one lessons in shakuhachi bamboo flute. In addition to these meetings, I arranged regular meetings with three instrumentalists through Senzoku Gakuen School of Music. The first was shamisen master Mr. Tetsuya Nozawa, the second was koto master Ms. Michie Kobayashi, and the third was shakuhachi specialist in contemporary music, Mr. Kenji Yamaguchi.

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Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (October 2016)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2016 Third Quarter Chapter Reports

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 22 Chapters who submitted Quarterly Reports. Your submissions as well as your ongoing commitment to EWC and EWCA outreach are sincerely appreciated. The following Chapters and representatives responded to the call for reports: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi)  2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady)  3) Bali (Agung Muninjaya)  4) Bangladesh (Abu M. Ekramul Ahsan)  5. Brisbane (Iraphne Child)  6. Chandigarh (Rajesh Aggarwal) 7. Chennai (S. Rajamani)  8) Faisalabad (Muhammad Ibrahim)  9) Hawaii (Carl Hefner)  10) Islamabad (Arjumand Faisel)  11) Jakarta (Irid Agoes) 12) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto)  13) Karachi (Ghazala Fasih)  14) Lao (Chanthavong Saignasith)  15) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana)  16) Nepal (Nirendra  Dhoj Maske)  17) New York (William Armbruster)  18) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi)  19) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon)  20) Southern California (Claire Langham)  21) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim)  22) Tokyo (Kazuhiko Takemoto)

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum with the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley, Ohio


Amota Ataneka in front of the Red Cross Center in Ohio

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Amota Ataneka


My summer travel consisted of a trip to the American Red Cross Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter (Ohio) for my practicum, that is a mandatory part of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) Program at UH Manoa. I joined the disaster volunteers management team which gave me the chance to recruit, monitor and deploy qualified volunteers to natural disasters across the U.S. Two natural disasters in particular were the West Virginia and the Louisiana floods, which happened between July and August of this year (2016).

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Gautam Anand

ADB JSP Fellow

I traveled to India this summer to do my practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi, India. This practicum is a mandatory requirement towards the completion of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, at the University of Hawaii. At IIPA, I worked on a research study to evaluate the performance of the ‘Domestic Funding of Foreign Training’ Scheme of the Government of India. I worked on the research methodology for the study as well as contributed to the development of survey tools. It was a great learning experience for me given I could understand the critical importance of training and development of civil servants and the effort that governments are putting into this. Also, the project gave me the much needed exposure to look at government systems in India.

Last but not least, I was able to take out time to meet family and friends which was very refreshing, and I am all geared up for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. I am deeply grateful to East West Center Alumni Association (EWCA) for providing me this grant which helped me to travel to India this Summer.




The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students for the summer of 2016.

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Classroom Research at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Min Namkoong

EWC Endowment Scholar

I conducted action research in my classroom during my stay at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand, as part of the Department of Second Language Studies Thai Practicum. I also taught an English as a foreign language class to low proficiency Thai university students.

This research study aims to examine the development of novice and less experienced teachers through the summer practicum program, as well as students’ achievement. The results will indicate different types of influence that teaching practicums possibly have on novice teachers. The participants were eight female incoming students and the researcher as a teacher. The class consisted of four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for two to three hours depending on the schedule of the week.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Developing and Evaluating an Open Learning Platform for Khmer Speaking Users

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Sokunthearith Makara

Graduate Degree Fellow

One of the pressing issues facing the Cambodian education system today is the unequal access to quality education between people in the countryside and those in the cities. The solution I am proposing for this issue involves the use of Internet technology to transfer the quality learning modules from the cities to the countryside. In order for this to happen, a learning platform which allows people to create modules and to learn the modules for free is required. Therefore, the purpose of my summer field research was to develop and evaluate an open learning platform for Khmer speaking users.

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