Obama Family Visits East-West Center

President Obama and his family paid a New Year’s Day visit to the East-West Center to view an exhibition on the anthropological field work that the president’s late mother, EWC Alumna Ann Dunham, conducted in Indonesia. The family also visited the Center’s well-known Japanese garden.

The president, his wife and daughters, and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and her family spent about half an hour in a private viewing of the East-West Center Gallery exhibition, which includes photographs and notebooks from Dunham’s years of field research, as well as artifacts from her personal collection, including examples of metal-smithing, jewelry, leatherwork, textiles, ceramics, and basketry.

At the president’s suggestion, the family also made an unscheduled visit to the Center’s Japanese garden, where the family held a memorial service for Dunham after she passed away in 1995.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family visit the East-West Center on New Year’s Day.   (Photo: AFP, Mandel Ngan)

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Pacific Islands Report on Port Vila Exhibition at EWC Gallery

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Port Vila. Joseph John, 2011. (Photo Credit: EWC Gallery.)

In cooperation with the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Report (PIR), Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) broadcasts news and special reports pertaining to the Pacific Islands region. PIR’s Assistant Editor and Pacific News Correspondent for Hawaii Public Radio, Edelene Osedil Uriarte from Palau, produces the weekly audio for Pacific news reports and features!

On June 20, 2011 Edelene released an audio interview with Vanuatu Exhibition curator, Haidy Geismar. In this interview Haidy talks about the artwork of seven ni-Vanuatu artists’ personal experiences in Port Vila. Together with Eric Wittersheim, Haidy curated the exhibition titled “Port Vila, Mi Lavem Yu: Port Vila, I love you”, which will appear at EWC Gallery from May 22, 2011 until  September 11, 2011.

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