East-West Center President’s Position

Dear East-West Center Alumni:

The job description for the East-West Center President’s position can be viewed here. As we have mentioned previously, we would appreciate your suggestions about potential candidates for the position, with the following assumptions:

1. You are suggesting potential names in your individual capacity as an alum of the East-West Center.

2. Provide the full name and present position of your nominee(s). You might like to add one or two sentences about the suggested person (s).

3. The suggested names of potential candidates will be forwarded to Boyden, who is overseeing the search, and the Search Committee without mentioning your name.

4. There is no need for you to confirm the availability of the suggested person(s). If shortlisted, Boyden will contact the person(s) directly.

Given the Search Committee’s timeline, I would appreciate receiving your individual suggestions about one or more potential candidates by Friday March 4th . Please feel free to contact me at shultz@hawaii.edu if you have questions about the position description or the process of search for the new President.

Thank you for your active engagement in the search for the new President of East-West Center.

Aloha,

Ned Shultz
EWCA President

Manila Conference Report

Dear East-West Center Alumni:

Many participants have remarked that our recent 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila, Philippines was one of the Center’s most informative and enjoyable alumni conferences to date! Close to 300 EWC alumni, friends and colleagues from 22 countries gathered at the historic Manila Hotel for the conference held on January 15-17 (view photo galleries and videos).

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East-West Center to Honor Distinguished Alumni at Manila Conference in January

HONOLULU (Dec. 16, 2015) – The East-West Center has announced the names of EWC alumni, volunteers and alumni chapters that will be honored at the Center’s upcoming international alumni conference in Manila, Philippines Jan. 15-17, 2016. The honorees are being recognized for their outstanding personal accomplishments and service toward the Center’s mission of helping to promote better relations and understanding among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the United States.
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New EWCA 21st Century Outstanding Service Award

We’re pleased to announce a new EWCA award for outstanding service. The EWCA 21st Century Outstanding Service Award recognizes East-West Center participants whose initial involvement in a program was after the year 2000 and has provided outstanding service to the community.

Please remember that the deadline to submit nominations for this award, the Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Volunteer, and Outstanding Chapter Awards is September 30, 2015 so send your nominations in soon!  Details for all awards can be found at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/alumni/ewca-honors-and-awards.  Awards will be presented at the 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila next January.

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Deadline approaching – 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila

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Date: January 15-17, 2016

Venue: Manila Hotel, located at One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila, Philippines

Theme: “Bridging Diverse Cultures towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community”

Make plans to join international colleagues at the East-West Center/East-West Center Association international conference in Manila, Philippines.

Deadline for Early Registration and Call for Papers is August 15, 2015.

Register now to guarantee the early registration rate of $300 for EWCA members. Registration fee includes Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Cultural Performances, Aloha Dinner, Lunches, Coffee Breaks, a Half-Day Tour, all Program Sessions and Conference Materials. Rate increases on August 16th.

If you are interested in presenting a paper during the conference, be sure to submit your abstract by August 15th. You must be a registered conference participant for your abstract to be considered.

To register and for information about the conference, go to www.eastwestcenter.org/manila2016.

Questions – Email: manila2016@eastwestcenter.org Phone: 1-808-944-7506
Organized by the East-West Center (EWC), East-West Center Association (EWCA), and EWC Alumni Association Philippines (EWCAAP).

East-West Center Association Alumni Scholars for 2014-2015

L to R:  Yuki Asahina (Japan), Yilong Liu (China), Sadie Green (USA), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Jonathan Valdez (USA)

L to R: Yuki Asahina (Japan), Yilong Liu (China), Sadie Green (USA), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Jonathan Valdez (USA)

EWCA Alumni Scholars shown above with Dr. Ned Shultz, EWCA President, participated in the May Ho’opuka Ceremony, a celebration honoring the students completing their awards with the East-West Center.

EWCA scholarship recipients for 2014-2015 were:
Yuki Asahina (Japan)
Sadie Green (USA)
Melia Kamakawiwoole Iwamoto (USA)
Yilong Liu (China)
Kathryn Metzker (USA)
Elita Ouk (Cambodia)
Susanthi Medha Kumari Sabhapathi Mudiyanselage (Sri Lanka)
Jonathan Valdez (USA)
Nicole Holulani Yamase (USA)

2015 East-West Center Association/EWCA Hawaii Chapter Travel Grant Recipients

L to R:  Matthew Kelty (USA), Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Alex Holowicki (USA)

L to R: Matthew Kelty (USA), Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan), Ned Shultz (EWCA President), Alex Holowicki (USA)

The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter each year offer several summer travel grants ($500 each) to current EWC students. The grant is used towards presenting a conference paper, taking part in internships, conducting field research, or studying in summer institutes.

This year, ten travel grants were awarded to:
Ngu Njei Abanda (Cameroon)
Asutoshi, Das (India)
Alex Holowicki (USA)
Matthew Kelty (USA)
Obadia Mfuh Kenji (Cameroon)
Syed Shurid Khan (Bangladesh)
Yi-Chieh Lai (Taiwan)
Charmaine Ledesma (Guam)
Elita Ouk (Cambodia)
Sayaka Sakuma (Okinawa)

2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila – Registration Open

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DateJanuary 15-17, 2016

Venue:  Manila Hotel, located at One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila, Philippines

Theme:  “Bridging Diverse Cultures towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community”

The East-West Center and East-West Center Association will be holding the next international conference in Manila, Philippines.  Please make plans to join international colleagues as we renew acquaintances, make new professional contacts, update our knowledge of the region and discover the Philippines.  For more information about the conference, please go to www.eastwestcenter.org/manila2016.

Registration and Call for Papers are now open!

Register and submit your abstract now to guarantee the early registration rate of $300 for EWCA members. Early registration and Call for Papers end on August 15th.

Questions – Email:  manila2016@eastwestcenter.org  Phone:  1-808-944-7506

Organized by the East-West Center (EWC), East-West Center Association (EWCA), and EWC Alumni Association Philippines (EWCAAP).

2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila

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Bridging Diverse Cultures towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community

Save the Date – January 15-17, 2016

Manila − popularly known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ − shines with its east-meets-west cultures, colonial and contemporary architecture, and north-and-south ethnicities.

Join international colleagues ♦ Make new professional contacts ♦ Renew acquaintances ♦ Update your knowledge of the region ♦ Discover the Philippines at the EWC/EWCA International Conference next January.

Conference venue, call for papers, tour selections and recommended hotels will be posted on the conference website, www.eastwestcenter.org/manila2016 as information becomes available. Meanwhile, please mark your calendar and plan to join us in Manila.

Questions – Email:  manila2016@eastwestcenter.org  Phone:  1-808-944-7506

Organized by the East-West Center (EWC), East-West Center Association (EWCA), and EWC Alumni Association Philippines (EWCAAP).

2014 Summer Travel Grant Series: Fieldwork in French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, and Tonga.

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Christina Sablan with Ms. Rongo Preston, a well-respected mataiapo (traditional chief) in the Cook islands.

Summer Travel Grant 2014 Recipient

Christina Sablan

UH Student Affiliate

I spent approximately one week in French Polynesia (Tahiti and Moorea), two weeks in the Cook Islands (Rarotonga), and ten days in Tonga (Tongatapu). During this time I conducted more than 25 formal and informal interviews with public officials (including elected and traditional leaders, as well as civil servants involved in land use management and planning), academics, journalists, land users and land right holders, attorneys and land agents, land court officials, bankers and business leaders, and other members of these island communities with an interest in land issues.

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