In the summer of 2004, I was fortunate to have been selected by the Korea Society for their Alumni Fellowship to Korea. The Alumni Fellowship required participants to conduct a teacher workshop with teachers in their district upon their return. One participant joked, “Oh Linda won’t have any trouble getting sponsorship for her workshop in Las Vegas, just call a casino.” An article appeared in the Las Vegas paper that Ted Lee (former EWC staff, member of the EWC Board of Governors, Seminar participant 2008, 2009, international alumni and media conferences 2008, 2010), had donated the sign for the Sunrise Park. He was an owner of the local Eureka Casino so I went there and asked to see him. They told me he was in San Francisco and gave me his contact information. When I contacted him and told him that I was an East-West Center alumna (EWC Summer Institute 1991), he asked me how much I needed. I said $500. He said he would send it. His wife and partner Doris wrote me a note. “Good Luck with your seminar. Anything that promotes better understanding between countries and cultures is good. Sincerely, Doris and Ted.” The money paid for a workshop at my school, the College of Southern Nevada.
I later nominated The Lees for an award at the College of Southern Nevada which they received and I accepted for them.
As an East-West Center Alumna teaching about Asia and the Pacific, I have continued to be involved with the Center serving on the EWCA Development Committee. I donated $1000 towards Ted Lee’s Wall of Honor which describes his achievements.
On September 10, 2021, I attended his memorial service at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he was remembered for his contributions to the Business School. I am pictured below with his son Gregg Lee. I was further inspired by Ted Lee as he had given a scholarship for the Center. I also recently gave a scholarship.
To learn more about the Wall of Honor or to make a contribution, click here.
The University of Hawai‘i Law School has established two new programs in advanced legal studies aimed at foreign-trained attorneys as well as U.S. attorneys hoping to spend time in further legal study, especially those who want to teach law outside the U.S.
UH Law Dean Avi Soifer noted that the advanced degree programs could be particularly attractive to East-West Center alumni and grantees interested in broadening their career paths.
The AJD – Advanced or Accelerated Juris Doctor – program offers advanced standing to foreign-trained applicants, and allows them to earn the JD degree in as little as two years of study rather than three, with the option of taking a U.S. bar exam after graduating and being admitted to practice in the United States.
The SJD – Doctor of Juridical Science – program is primarily intended for those who have completed a JD or an LLM program and who already teach, or are preparing to teach, law outside the United States. It is also designed for those involved in policy work in research institutes and government organizations.
These two new advanced law programs complement Richardson Law School’s existing LLM program, launched in 2003, which has already attracted 143 attorneys from 52 countries, and was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation in three categories by The International Jurist magazine.
“The diversity of our Law School offers a nurturing atmosphere for students and scholars coming to the East-West Center,” Soifer said, adding: “We were pleased to be very highly ranked recently in terms of our career support as well as for our academics. These new programs offer attractive options for those who thrive while working in a diverse academic community.”
Applications are currently being accepted. Click here for more information.
AJD program in a nutshell:
Provides an option for foreign-trained attorneys who want to be grounded in American law, and then have the option of practicing law in the United States.
Foreign-trained attorneys may receive up to a year’s credit toward a JD for their foreign training.
The degree enables foreign attorneys to take a U.S. bar exam and practice anywhere in the U.S.
SJD program in a nutshell:
Students who have completed either a JD or LLM may apply for this advanced degree.
Offers an important credential for those who hope to teach law outside the U.S. for both foreign-trained attorneys and American citizens.
Requires just a year in residence at Richardson, with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed in three years.
Offers time for advanced legal research or research on policy issues.
Or, How Non-state Actors Can Help Accelerate
the Pace of the UN Climate Change Process
By Anukriti Hittle
Visiting Scholar, East-West Center, Honolulu
Instructor, Washington University in St Louis
Rising Above National Interest Most of the time, nations act in their own self-interest. And much of the time, they cooperate only when they are forced to—such as when facing imminent collective danger (nuclear threat, small pox, dictatorships). But in the face of a slow-boil threat like climate change, they seem to drag their national government-level feet. In such cases, pressure from non-state actors may be the key to achieving collective action.
How can non-state actors complement national actors to ratchet up ambition and speed up action in the area of climate change implementation? By using the well-tried resolutions process of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and applying it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations, or RINGOs, or could maximize collective action at the COP (Conference of the Parties) summits where both government representatives and observer organizations gather every year to address climate change issues. Continue reading →
The East-West Center’s Board of Governors has elected two new international members: Indian business leader Ratan N. Tata, who is returning to the board after serving several terms between 1993 and 2004, and first-time EWC board member Takeshi Niinami, CEO of Japan’s Lawson, Inc.
Newly elected boardmembers Ratan Tata (left) and Takeshi Niinami
EWC Board of Governors Chairman Brian Tsujimura and the other board members, along with Center President Charles E. Morrison, extended a warm welcome to the new members, who were elected to three-year terms, and expressed their sincere gratitude to outgoing member Tarun Das.
The EWC Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the U.S. secretary of state, five appointed by the governor of Hawai‘i, five members from Asia or the Pacific Islands who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawai‘i, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawai‘i.
The East-West Center community extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. We strongly encourage community members to support relief efforts if possible. A list of reputable organizations providing disaster relief can be found here. In addition, Operation USA, a disaster relief agency co-founded by EWC alum Gary Larsen, is providing critical assistance on the ground.
If you’re in the Philippines, please contact us or comment on this post to let us know how you’re doing, and any activities that EWC community members may be undertaking there to help with recovery.
East-West Center Facilities Manager Kris Thompson stars in this Island Pacific Energy commercial currently airing on prime time Hawai’i TV, which features the solar system the company designed for EWC. Great exposure for the Center, and an added bonus to a terrific system that allows EWC to reduce costs as well as its carbon footprint.
Honor Someone … Assist Someone … Both with One Donation
Honor an East-West Center person who made a difference in your life by making a $100 donation to the East-West Center Wall of Honor in that person’s name. Honoree contributions go directly into the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships so you can honor someone and help a new student embark on an EWC experience at the same time.
ALOHA TO ALL OF OUR US AND INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS!
For all of the chapters that responded, we extend our deep appreciation for your chapter responses. We continue to have faith that other chapters will soon follow with their reports for the next Quarterly Executive Board Meeting.
As an East-West Center alumna/alumnus you are among over 60,000 people who have shared an experience as a student or professional conference/exchange participant engaging with your counterparts from the Asia-Pacific region, the United States and beyond.
As the East-West Center looks toward the future, we would like to capture the impact your East-West Center experience has had on your professional and personal life.
Could you please take a few minutes and respond to a short questionnaire? The link to the questionnaire is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EWC_Alumni_Feedback. Please submit your responses by May 3, 2013. We plan to use the combined answers to help us with our strategic planning and also to share with members of the US Congress and others who support our programs.