A group of 16 artists led by the curator of Gallery6 and EWCA Islamabad Chapter Leader, Dr. Arjumand Faisel, attended a retreat in Naran to produce artworks that would help create awareness on climate change issues. The purpose of the retreat was to development visual art work that can subsequently be used to create awareness about factors leading to climate change and its resultant negative impacts. The retreat was jointly sponsored by PTDC, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change, Snow Leopard Foundation, Gallery6 and East West Center Association, Islamabad Chapter.
East-West Center Association
Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports
1st Quarter Chapter Reports (January to March 2018)
Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development
Thank you to the twelve Chapters who submitted their first-quarter reports for 2018. Your submissions help us and others to know how active the Chapters are and to show your continued patronage for EWCA/EWC outreach. The following Chapters and representatives responded this quarter:1) ASDP (Dona M. Cady); 2) Australia – Brisbane (Iraphne Childs); 3) Bangladesh (Ekramul Ahsan); 4) Hong Kong (Mark Sheldon); 5) Japan – Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto); 6) Korea – Seoul (Eunyoung Cho); 7) Laos – Vientiane (Chanthavong); 8) Nepal – Kathmandu (Nirendra Maske); 9) Pakistan – Islamabad (Arjumand Faisel); 10) Pakistan – Karachi (Ghazala Fasih); 11) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon); and 12) Vietnam – Hanoi (Hoe Hoang).
After enjoying a brunch hosted by Tsue and Jerry Ostermann, Richard Vuylsteke described his first 16 months at the East-West Center. Tsue said, “We feel very encouraged to learn that Richard’s vision for the Center puts more emphasis on the student programs” and made an appeal for everyone to think of ways that the chapter can become more active.
Following a dinner meeting on May 9, 2018, with President Richard Vuylsteke and Development Officer Gary Yoshida, past New York Chapter Leader Bill Armbruster (Open Grants, MA 1971-1973) writes:
…It was a great evening. According to my count, we had 23 people representing alumni from every decade of the East-West Center’s history – from the 1960s to the 2010s. We also had people whose engagement with the Center represented every level of involvement – grantees who received graduate degrees from UH thanks to the EWC; staff members, including Doug Murray, who served as vice president back in the 1980s; a former chair of the EWC Board of Governors (Ko-Yung Tung); journalists who participated in the Jefferson Fellows and other journalism programs; post-doc fellows; and, of course, Richard, a former grantee, staffer and now president! We were also pleased to welcome friends of the Center, including Charles Wu, who has been to almost all of our dinners over the past 20 years, and Oma Lee, who was Richard’s mentee when they were both in Hong Kong.
The Southern California Chapter celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a visit from EWC President Richard Vuylsteke and Development Officer Gary Yoshida. The Chapter correspondent reports that “It was an opportunity for chapter members to get acquainted with our friendly, visionary, professionally diverse and relevantly qualified new EWC president and his opportunity to get to know Southern California alumni and hear their ideas.” Those in attendance heard about progress and plans for improving the EWC programs, funding, and outreach.
Thirty alumni ranging from their 40s to their 80s gathered in Jakarta for dinner with President Vuylsteke on March 30. Alumni representing recent EWC generations gave speeches of welcome: Encop Sofia (a member of Parliament) and Amin Abdullah (the Director in the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry).
With scheduling assistance from members of the Brisbane, Australia Chapter, EWC President Vuylsteke packed a lot of action into a one-day visit: meetings at Queensland University of Technology International Division and The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute and Global Engagement office, a pleasure trip on the Brisbane River on board a Citycat ferry, and dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant with nine chapter members.
A chapter board member reports that “Dr. Vuylsteke’s visit has revitalized our Chapter energies and encouraged members to pursue new projects to contribute to the EWCA. We thank Dr. Vuylsteke for making time in his busy schedule to visit Brisbane and meet with us. We hope that the contacts he has made will prove to be fruitful and we would welcome the opportunity to host him again some time in the future.”