Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (1st Quarter 2019)

East-West Center Association
Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports
2019 1st Quarter Chapter Reports (January to March)
Editor: Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

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Thank you to the 21 Chapters who submitted their fourth-quarter reports for 2018. Chapter submissions help us and others to know about your activities and your continued patronage for EWCA/EWC outreach. The following Chapters and representatives responded this quarter. These include:

1) APLP (Melissa Pawneshing); 2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady); 3) Beijing, China (Hongxia Zhang); 4) Brisbane, Australia (Iraphne Childs); 5) Chandigarh, India (Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal); 6) Faisalabad, Pakistan (Muhammad Ibrahim); 7) Hong Kong (Mark Sheldon); 8) Jakarta. Indonesia (Irid Agoes); 9) Kansai, Japan (Fumiteru Nitta); 10) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Dr. Gan Siowck Lee); 11) Manila, Philippines (Rita Gallardo); 12) Mumbai, India (Sarosh Bana); 13) New York (Bill Armbruster); 14) Northern California (Barbara Bornet Stumph); 15) Seoul, Republic of Korea (Eunyoung Cho); 16) Singapore (Alice Seok Hoon Seng); 17) Southern California, USA (Claire Langham); 18) Taipei, Taiwan (Gary Lin); 19) Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (Amaraa Batchuluun); 20) Vientiane, Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith); 21) Washington, DC, USA (Pavlos Anastasiadis)

ASIA PACIFIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (APLP) CHAPTER
President: Melissa Pawneshing
From: The Navigator – APLP Announcements (Issue #15, Q1 2019)

The next APLP Global Pau Hana will be held on or around Thursday, April 25th. The Pau Hana is an excellent opportunity for APLP alumni, and current fellows to meet up and share stories about their experience in APLP, network, make new friends, and strengthen current friendships, as well.
Contact the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) Chapter

ASIAN STUDIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (ASDP) CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Dona M. Cady

The Asian Studies Development Program’s 25th National Conference Wellbeing in Asian Traditions of Thought and Practice on March 7-9 in Nashville, Tennessee was a resounding success! The conference hosted by regional center Belmont University began on Thursday with a day tour of the Shōmu-en, Japanese Garden at Cheekwood, the Hindu Cultural Center and Sri Ganesha Temple, and the Chua Tinh Tam Buddhist Temple. The tour was followed by an evening reception and extraordinary performance, The Way of the Qin, by musicians from the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at Middle Tennessee State University.
Friday’s keynote Philip J. Ivanhoe, the Distinguished Chair Professor in the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea, spoke on Oneness, Spontaneity, and Happiness. Moreover, on Saturday, our keynote Akiko Takenaka, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in History at the University of Kentucky, spoke on Wellbeing in International Relations: Healing National Divides in Postwar Asia through Memory Studies.

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Conference attendees, those here for the first time as well as faithful regulars, shared their scholarship on panels and participated in workshops ranging from wellness, art, gender, history, identity, literature, pedagogy, and philosophy. Workshops and panels included “Experiential Learning in Mindfulness and Yoga” and “Reflections on ARC/ARCAS and an Appreciation for ASDP.”

Be sure to check out the conference program as well as a conference picture and video on the ASDP Alumni Association website.
Contact the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) Chapter

BEIJING CHAPTER
Chapter Chair: Hao Ping
Report submitted by Hongxia Zhang

Update
a. The current alumni number signed into our WeChat group is 162; however, only a couple of alumni are active.
b. On 9th March, the Beijing alumni held a reunion at the Olympic Forest Park. The chapter leader, Hongxia, and six other alumni joined the party. We had some exercises at the park and then, over the lunch, discussed our current efforts to engage more the alumni. It is very challenging as the alumni focus on their work and find it difficult to find a way to contribute.

Challenges: we think that if we build a formal entity to engage the alumni better and to strengthen the link between us and EWC, we will be more successful. We are looking for best practices in other EWCA Chapters from other countries.

Support needed: It will be helpful if EWCA shared or highlighted the good practices from the other countries’ alumni activities; including how they inspire alumni to keep in touch and to keep contributing.
Contact the Beijing Chapter

BRISBANE CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Iraphne Childs

No activity to be reported in this period.
Contact the Brisbane Chapter

CHANDIGARH CHAPTER
President: Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal

ChandigarhAfter the Seoul (South Korea) International conference, networking was developed between Chandigarh (India) and Bangladesh chapter. The President of Chandigarh Chapter Dr. Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal had an informal interaction and lunch with Moushumi Das Purkayastha (Dhaka Executive Committee member of Bangladesh Chapter) while visiting Delhi on 22 March 2019. The Chapter discussed further plans for 2020 conference to be held at Honolulu, Hawaii.
Contact the Chandigarh Chapter

FAISALABAD, CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Muhammad Ibrahim

1. In February Dr. Abdus Sattar an old alumnus visited Pakistan, and in his honor, we have arranged a brunch meeting where six alumni participated and recounted stories from the good old days. Dr. Sattar is now in Kuwait teaching library sciences.

2. This Chapter has provided some financial support to funeral service to a family whose family member has died last month.

3. The Chapter has also spread 2020 conference information among its members and others.
Contact the Faisalabad Chapter

HONG KONG CHAPTER
Alumni Liaison: Mark Sheldon

As East-West Center Alumni Liaison in Hong Kong, I had the pleasure of meeting with Amanda Ellis, President of the EWC Alumni Association in Hong Kong on March 28th. I was joined in the conversation by Dr. Glenn Shive, Executive Director of the Hong Kong-America Center (Fulbright Program) in Hong Kong and a former staff member of the EWC. We had a very substantive and lengthy conversation about the Center, and especially about the proposed Conference Program for the EWC’s 60th Anniversary Conference and Reunion in summer, 2020. We will do our best to have a large representation of EWC alums from Hong Kong attending the 2020 anniversary event. It was a great pleasure meeting Amanda, and we are most pleased and impressed with her leadership and her extensive experience and background.
Contact the Hong Kong Chapter

JAKARTA CHAPTER
Chapter Leader:
Report submitted by Irid Agoes

This is the first EWCA Jakarta Quarterly Report under the leadership of the newly elected officers on December 2018 for the period of 2018 -2023.

The new Chair is Dr. Mohamad Amin (pen name, Amin Abdullah). Within a very short time, of taking office, he created a new WhatsApp group consisting of active EWCA Jakarta alumni to expedite information sharing. The members of the core officers are Vice Chair: Dr. Yati Utoyo Lubis, Treasurer: Ms.Dewi Soenaryadi and Liaison: Dr. Irid Rachman Agoes.

In the first meeting, the Chapter decided that we will have annual activities consisting of at least one fun reunion after I’ed Fitri, called Halal Bi Halal and one seminar discussing regional, national, or International issues. Jakarta is huge, with a day time population of around 16 million populations and a nighttime population of 12 million by night (some people working in Jakarta return nightly to surrounding bedroom towns). Therefore, we agreed that our chapter has a large potential constituency. So, we decided to develop new smaller interest groups to make sure the activities are relevant for the members.

Since during the first quarter of 2019, Indonesia is still in the middle of facing the simultaneous general election of regional and national parliament members as well as a presidential election on April 17th, 2019, the focus of EWCA Jakarta activities are mostly internal, such as sorting out of the old list of thousands Jakarta alumni members. Many of them in the members passed away and unfortunately are still on the list. After the new President and Vice President of the country are elected, we will have a complete agenda of activities.

On February 10, Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of EWC Washington Office visited Jakarta. Thanks to the secure communication tool, within a very short time we could contact and convene a group of welcoming alumni to have High Tea afternoon at the Mandarin Hotel. Dr. Limaye was briefed on Jakarta politics and updated us on the latest Washington/US political situation in a 1.5-hour meeting.

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Dr. Satu Limaye group picture after the High Tea meeting.

Contact the Jakarta Chapter

KANSAI CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Fumiteru Nitta

Kansai Chapter engaged in the following activities between January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2019.

On March 20, Takashi Mita, Vice President and Fumiteru Nitta, President of the Chapter visited Associate Professor Masachika Tsuji at Okayama University of Science to discuss the possibility of holding a seminar along with the board meeting of Kansai Chapter at his university. We had previously decided to have the annual Chapter event in Okayama.

We asked Professor Tsuji to be a sponsor and to make the necessary arrangements for our event. He suggested that we submit a proposal with details such as date, needed facility, program, etc.

On March 31, we submitted a seminar proposal to Professor Tsuji. The key points of the proposal are as follows:

Seminar date: June 22 (Sat) 11:00 – 15:30
Needed Facility: Classroom with the capacity of up to 50 persons
Meeting & Program
Board Meeting 11:00 – 12:00
Introductory Remarks by Fumiteru Nitta (Chapter President)
Seminar Presentation Part I:
“Dealing with Globalism by a Small Nation: A Case of Palau” by Takashi Mita (Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University)
Seminar Presentation Part II: Introduction to East-West Center by Shintaro Taniguchi (Former EWC Participant Association)
Seminar Presentation Part III: Question & Answer Session on Studying Abroad by Chapter members
Contact the Kansai Chapter

KUALA LUMPUR CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Mohamad Khanif Yusop
Report submitted by Siowck Lee Gan

1) The Chapter held a reunion lunch on Saturday, 12 January 2019 at Aroi Dee Thai Restaurant, Palm Garden Hotel in Putrajaya. Thirty members and their family members attended the meeting. A feature story was published in the local English daily The Star: Photos and video clips of the joyful occasion can be viewed at https://youtu.be/_BBbk5oNP8g (8 minutes).

2) Chapter leaders were invited to a meeting of EWC Leadership Program Malaysian alumni with officials from the EWC on Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 9 to 11 am at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. D. Khanif, Dr. Gan and Datuk Saleh turned up to meet the alumni. The chapter hopes that all these new alumni will engage with the chapter and participate in future activities to help to promote the goals of EWC.

3) The Chapter held its Annual General Meeting on 31st March 2019 at Universiti Malaya Academic Club in Petaling Jaya from 12 noon to 3 pm. It was attended byten members, including a new alumna from the EWC leadership program.
Contact the Kuala Lumpur Chapter

MANILA CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Ramon Clarete
Report submitted by Rita Gallardo

Board Actions and Plans

  1. In this quarter, our Board met to elect EWC alumna Dr. Rita Gallardo to be our Secretary. All other Board members are retained until after the 60th Anniversary of theEast-West Center in June 2020.
  2. The Board decided in the meeting to inform all EWC Alumni in the Philippines about the 60th Anniversary of the Center to be held in Honolulu in June 2020, which will also host the next East-West Center and East-West Center Alumni Association International Conference after Seoul.
  3. The Board planned to participate in the ceremonies by showcasing dance number of the House of Dance, Inc. which EWC alumna Ms. Mirella G. Clarete owns and manages.
  4. The Board planned to sponsor one session at the International Conference on the Philippines and appointed EWC alumna Dr. Majah Ravago to lead this effort. The session is multi-disciplinary. At this stage, the concept is still being worked out.
  5. For this year, the Board plans to organize a lecture here in Manila on the newly installed Bangsamoro Organic Government in Southern Mindanao. EWC alumnus Senen Bacani was in the negotiating team of the Philippine Government when it met and negotiated for the proposed organic act (which is not a reality) in the Administration of former President “Noy” Aquino. EWC alumna Dr. Rufa Guiang, a retired Professor of MSU, will be invited to give the lecture.

Activities of EWC Alumni

  1. In this quarter, EWC Alumnus Dr. Mac Muslim presented a lecture in Manila to disseminate information about his recent publication on the peace and order situation in Mindanao. The lecture was done at the National Center of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines in Diliman.
  2. Two development projects that EWC Alumni are managing are ongoing:
    1. Coastal Cities at Risk (CCAR): Investing in Climate and Disaster Resilience (2018-2021). This project aims to increase the resilience of cities to climate change. Running for 3 years, the project is being directed at the top by EWC alumna Dr. Emma Porio. The implementing university is the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), where Dr. Porio is a Professor as well as Science Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory. She has retired but the ADMU is keeping her to run this project and start a new degree program called the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR).CCAR is an inter-/transdisciplinary action research project, with funding support from the International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada). Alumna Emma heads a team of physicists, sociologists, medical doctors, environmental scientists, economists, and technology experts from ADMU, Manila Observatory, Ateneo Innovation Center, and the UP School of Economics. Working with national agencies and local government units (LGUs), this expert team is doing research and coordinating their various researches with external stakeholders to develop specific actions that city leaders may adopt to improve the resilience of their constituencies to climate change. For example, EWCPAA President Ramon Clarete heads the economic team in crafting a computable equilibrium model (CGE) for partner local government units and cities.The project also aims to transfer the technologies it produces to partner urban-rural poor communities and local government units. In short, it has these components: research, capability building, and policy/governance reforms for improved resilience of cities at risk in the Philippines.

      Three cities are involved: Valenzuela, Iloilo, and Naga.

      Other EWC alumni include Dr. Ramon Clarete and Dr. Majah Ravago.

    2. Gas Policy Development Project (GPDP)

This project is being funded by the US Department of State, Energy, and Natural Resources Bureau. Running for a little over a year, it provides technical assistance to the Philippines Department of Energy prepare the governance regime to develop a downstream natural gas industry of the country.

The island of Luzon depends upon the indigenous gas coming from the country’s Malampaya offshore well. About 32% of the power needs of Luzon is fueled by electricity coming from gas-powered plants, which use the gas from Malampaya. In four years, the supply runs out, and presently there is no ready new supply to make up for the expected loss.

The country, therefore, has to import liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project aims to build up the capability of DOE come up with appropriate regulations and implement them to encourage and at the same time regulate private sector investments in infrastructures that would allow the country to bring in LNG, and develop other businesses that use LNG.

The project is headed by EWC alumnus Ramon Clarete. EWC alumna Majah Ravago, who earlier headed a USAID Energy Policy Development Project for four years, is managing the research component of GPDP.

Coordination with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

  1. EWC Alumnus Ramon Clarete met with EWC alumna Jeremi Panganiban, who presently visited Manila for the East-West Center. They talked about getting the Chapter to link up with non-GDF alumni doing some follow-on activities of their respective fellowships at the Center. Ms. Panganiban was an APLP fellow in 2016 and is presently doing some intermittent work for the East-West Center while waiting for her graduate degree program in the mainland USA, starting fall this year.
  2. Actions/Plans:
    1. Jeremi introduced Ramon to EWC alumnus from the YSEALI Program in 2018 doing some environment-related work in La Union province in North Luzon.
    2. Jeremi introduced Ramon to other alumni from both YSEALI and APLP.
    3. Jeremi introduced Ramon to other YSEALI alumni in Indonesia, for holding a possible session showcasing YSEALI programs during the 2020 Conference in Honolulu.

Contact the Manila Chapter

MUMBAI CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Sarosh Bana

No activity to be reported in this period.
Contact the Mumbai Chapter

NEW YORK CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Bill Armbruster

The New York Chapter had dinner with EWC President Richard Vuylsteke on Friday, March 29, at Jasmine, a Chinese restaurant in midtown Manhattan. A total of 21 people attended, representing almost every decade of the Center’s history, ranging from steadfast regulars who studied at the Center in the 1960s to recent alumni, such as Nutan Sharma of Nepal, a 2016 APLP participant, currently studying for a master’s degree at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., and Capt. J.R. Sessions, who received his master’s degree in Chinese studies at UH early in this decade and who currently teaches Chinese at West Point. Attendees came from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Dr. Vuylsteke gave a progress report on recent developments at the Center, including an increase in the number of students at the Center and changes to the Pacific Islands Development Program.
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Contact the New York Chapter

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
Chapter President: Barbara Bornet Stumph

As an English and Ancient World History teacher and grandmother, Barbara Lee Bornet Stumph, MS, is one of 250 Americans who enrolled in the China Art Academy International College (CAAIC) to learn traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. In 1965-1966, Barbara tackled intensive Mandarin and related studies at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. “We want to go to China,” she declared. “You will go to Taiwan on field study,” answered Dr. John Young, Administrator. Her first trip to China 20 years later in 1986 on a Stanford Fulbright. One year earlier in 1985, Phyllis Case Bennett enrolled a handful of Americans in the CAAIC Short Term Study Program of traditional Chinese calligraphy/painting. Former President Xiao Feng welcomed the group in the beginning; in recent years, Dean Jin Zhilin, has advocated for continuance of the unique program in this longest exchange program of its type. View the open letter in its entirety.

Open Letter
April 4, 2019

Dear Wild Orchid, Growing in China:

Modest Chinese orchid, you tip your face downward, as your fragrance fills my heart. Your grace-filled leaves extend themselves in mysterious white space on handmade, Xuan rice paper. You are a gift from my teacher Yan Xingkong’s demonstration in class. Dear Wild Orchid, your painting serves to remind me of refined friendships cultivated between Americans and Chinese artists over the 33 years during the Phyllis Case Bennett Chinese Culture and Art American Study Group. While Director Case Bennett is no longer able to attend, Director Joy Harvey, assisted by Dr. Pamela Lee, are working to carry on the program.

During the past four consecutive years, I enrolled at the prestigious Academy located adjacent to an emperor’s gardens at the water’s edge of West Lake, Hang Zhou, China. Intensive instruction in traditional Chinese culture arts (guo hua), calligraphy, ink painting, poetry, and art history was delivered to our classes by gifted professors with Chinese PhD’s in specific fields.

NoCal01A package just arrived here for me here in California. We American painters knew our Chinese College administrators were preparing a book, however, we had no idea of the broad scope, depth of content, 125 pages of color photographs inside, nor bilingual messages of respect shown by our professors and ourselves of mutual respect memorialized therein. I believe this magnificent book should be in university libraries all over America and China even though the present publication scheduled numbers may be limited.

* * *

Photographs are both formal and informal. These were culled from thousands taken by all. I turn pages. After painting all day, photos show fellow artists and I sauntering beneath willow and peach trees taking pictures of honeymooners on West Lake’s stone bridges; silver fish gulp for air in streams below, as mynah birds squawk, only to later appear in our paintings. The lake inspired me! “I am no longer a (VIP) East-West Center visitor,” I think to myself. “These days in China, I don’t hear, ‘Get off the bus, take a look; shop in that foreigner’s store. No time for sketching!’”

“Today in Hang Zhou I am a college student in China. I have found The Well of Chinese art. The mother lode,” I announce at dinner. I/we read books from the campus bookstore and buy supplies in Hang Zhou Art Mart . . . Listen and chat in Mandarin with ordinary people on lake walks. (The first time in my life I have had time to do so after forty-five years of study.)

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Dear Wild Orchid, I spy photographs of me in groups. I am practicing Mandarin with Dean Jin. My 101-year-old scholar father loves this publication masterpiece. “You need to ask the College to give you a copy for the East-West Center Library immediately,” he says. One page has three of my better landscape, bird, and lotus paintings. Another page contains my large ink painting, an impression of the World Heritage Site, Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain.) I had walked with my Shanghai born teacher and friend, Celia Chou Huddleston. We fulfilled our dreams of seeing the “Mists on Yellow Mountain.” We chatted with Chinese visitors along the way. “You made many people happy to hear your Mandarin today,” says Celia. . . It has long been a matter of pride to occasionally blend all of these experiences with the best of Western culture, remembering our East-West Center goals.

We are inheritors of Deng Xiaoping’s plan to “Open Up China,” and all who bravely go against the current to welcome American students to China. Our remarkable book is a celebration of raw courage, dedication, dreams, and determination on the part of all participants. Phyllis Case Bennett, the founder of our study program, dared to ask of CAAIC College if they would help her start an exchange program.

Do you agree we have been successful so far in people to people interchange through this rich endeavor? All of us must further develop contacts between America and China and Taiwan or suffer the consequences of lack of bridge building, as demonstrated by weakened diplomacy under this current administration.

I know, Wild Orchid, you agree with this Chinese saying:

Life is short;
Art is long.

Blending cultures, as human beings touch one another’s hearts through art, is splendid, as time inexorably passes.
Contact the Northern California Chapter

SEOUL CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Won Nyon Kim
Report submitted by Eunyoung Cho

Every member of the Seoul Chapter is doing his or her best in their respective positions as ever. We are happy to report that since the 2018 Conference in Seoul, the alumni feel stronger solidarity and responsibility.
Contact the Seoul Chapter

SINGAPORE CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Alice Seok-Hoon Seng

In early January, the chapter was very proud to congratulate senior alumnus Basskaran Nair (1977) on a special teaching assignment to Astana Kazakhstan at the Nazabayev University Graduate School of Public Policy. Basskaran will be sharing his expertise with the university faculty and students for five months. The chapter held a small send-off party for him. In early March, Basskaran updated us on his work at Nazabayev University.

On January 4 Siva, on academic leave from his doctoral studies at Wellington, gave a talk on Photovoice at the Singapore University of Social Science (SUSS). A critique of society and politics through photographs and dialogue . . . Photovoice is a process which can be applied in multiple contexts like harnessing technology to effect personal and social change (https://photovoice.org/).

On January 19 George Jacobs, another senior alumnus (1980s), chaired a Biodiversity symposium at the Botanics Garden. A few members from the chapter gave him support by taking part in this community-based project. The aim is to inculcate awareness of Singapore’s rich Biodiversity. The panel discussed key areas like Nature Deficit Disorder in Singapore, Forest Bathing and its benefits. Children and Nature: planting seeds of hope for our world, and Singapore–A BioPhilic City in a Garden.

On March 9 another two senior alumni members, Alice Seng Seok Hoon (1977) and Yap Mui Teng (1980s) continued the chapter’s support of key community projects in Singapore. This community service volunteer project known as WINGS is a nonprofit institution on empowering women to embrace aging with confidence. Volunteers serve and impact a growing number of older women by educating them to take charge of their health, become self-reliant and financially independent. The Singapore chapter senior alumni are encouraged to stay connected to the community through volunteerism, especially to the disadvantaged members of society.

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Contact the Singapore Chapter

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
Chapter President: Claire Langham

The Southern California Chapter is planning its next gathering on August 3, 2019, at the home of Gary and Bach-Mai Larsen in Lakewood, CA. Arrangements are being made for a guest speaker.
Contact the Southern California Chapter

TAIPEI CHAPTER
President: Gary Lin
Submitted by: Mei-ling Hsu

East-West Center Taiwan Alumni Receive the Group of
2019 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships in Taipei

The East-West Center Association (EWCA), Taiwan Chapter was pleased to host the group of 2019 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) at a dinner in Silks Palace alongside the well-known National Palace Museum in suburban Taipei on March 26, 2019. Four alumni/board members of the Taiwan Chapter attended the dinner gathering, including President Gary Lin, Professor Emeritus of Shih Hsin University Chen-chin Li, Distinguished Professor of National Chengchi University Mei-Ling Hsu, and English reporter of Kyodo News Shu-ling Ko.

Led by the media programs manager at the EWC Professional Development Program Susan C. Kreifels, the seven participants of 2019 APJF come from the Washington Post/CNN, the Washington Times, Bloomberg, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and POLITICO Pro, respectively. The US journalists’ field trip to Taiwan, from March 24 to March 30, aims to enhance their understanding of contemporary Taiwan, as well as Taiwan-US relations and Asian issues. During their stay in Taiwan, the APJF participants were scheduled to meet leaders of government, business, civic and culture sectors, as well as scholars, students, NGOs, local journalists, and other community members. They also had a high-level meeting with Vice President Chen Chien-jen(陳建仁)of the nation.

The dinner gathering was a great evening sparkled with the incisive and humorous dialogue of current affairs, media trends, and appreciation of the Chinese cuisines resembling items from the museum’s signature collections. Some APJF participants asked about the emerging craze of the KMT politician Kuo-yu Han, the newly elected mayor of Kaohsiung; some were amazed at the Tower-of-Babel phenomenon of Taiwanese news media; some others were curious to know who will win the Taiwanese presidency in 2020. Since the US presidential election will take place next year as well, the Taiwan Chapter alumni at the gathering were also interested in APJF participants’ analysis of the ongoing campaigns of the potential candidates. Those fellows’ sharing of insights and predictions fully reflected their professionalism and years of dedication to the news work.

The dinner party was highlighted by the serving of the dish resembling one of the museum’s most famous masterpieces, “jade cabbage.” It immediately caught the attention of many at the table, who could not help take snapshots of the dish. To extend the hospitality of the EWCA, Taiwan Chapter, President Lin presented the museum souvenirs to the APJF group. The participants were once again taken by surprise at receiving the thermos or bowls that are vividly replicating the museum’s antiques. The event of this gathering symbolized the efforts the EWCA Taiwan Chapter has made over the years to increase the cross-cultural communication of world people. It also marked the continuous goal the EWCA Taiwan Chapter will carry out in the years to come.

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Four board members of EWCA Taiwan Chapter received the group of the 2019 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships at a dinner in Silks Palace alongside the well-known National Palace Museum in suburban Taipei on March 26, 2019.

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The dinner gathering between the EWCA Taiwan Chapter and the group of 2019 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships was a great evening sparkled with the incisive and humorous dialogue of current affairs, media trends, and appreciation of the Chinese cuisines resembling items from the museum’s signature collections.

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Members of the 2019 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships visited Vice President Chen Chien-jen on March 29, 2019.

Contact the Taipei Chapter

ULAANBAATAR CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Amaraa Batchuluun

We did not have organized chapter activities to report during this period. Leaders of this recently formed chapter are working to connect with more members in Ulaanbaatar.
Contact the Ulaanbaatar Chapter

VIENTIANE CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Chanthavong Saignasith

No activity to be reported in this period.
Contact the Vientiane Chapter

WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER
Chapter Leader: Pavlos Anastasiadis

Dr. Pavlos Anastasiadis has assumed leadership of the EWCA Washington, DC Chapter. The outgoing Chapter Leader is Jacob Dowd. The two major areas that Pavlos has chosen to focus on during his tenure as Chapter Leader in Washington, DC will be (i) climate change and its socioeconomic impact on the Asia-Pacific region and (ii) the role of female scientists in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chapter accounts for Twitter and Facebook are underway. A list of active Chapter members is being compiled with the help of Noreen Tanouye. A large number of alumni who are residing in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia region have reached out and expressed interest in participating in the Chapter’s activities.

The East-West Center Board of Governors extended an invitation to attend the Reception, where Pavlos had the opportunity to meet many of the Board members including Mr. Richard Turbin, other EWCA alumni and staff members of the EWC office in Washington, DC.

Upcoming events of the Washington, DC Chapter:

Fiesta Asia Street Fair
May 18, 2019
The 13th annual National Asian Heritage festival will feature more than 1000 performers on multiple stages representing more than 20 cultures for 8 consecutive hours. Live performances by musicians, vocalists, dancers, martial artists; Pan-Asian cuisine; a shopping bazaar; kid-friendly interactive activities; talent competition, cultural parade, Bollywood street dancing, and exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts.
Venue: Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third & Sixth Streets
Metro: Judiciary Sq (RED), Federal Triangle (BLUE), Archives (GREEN)
Admission is free.
Contact: www.fiestaasia.org
Phone: 202.681.7818
Email: info@fiestaasia.org

Around the World Embassy Tour
May 4, 2019
Embassies will open their doors to DC visitors and residents on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. All embassies are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Admission is free. Reservations are not required. Street parking is available but difficult at many embassy locations. Many embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness/UDC Metrorail stations. Some embassies require photo ID for admission.

The Washington, DC Chapter will focus this year’s visit on four embassies: China, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Detailed information about the meeting spot and time will be announced as we continue to coordinate the event with other members.
Contact the Washington, DC Chapter

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