Update from EWC Graduate Fellow in Japan

EWC graduate degree fellow, Blain Keller has been working this summer 2011 as a volunteer intern at the Japan Association for the United Nations World Food Program (JAWFP), where APLP (09-10) alumnus  Hitomi Yokote works as Executive Officer.

Blain’s Boren Fellowship and intensive Japanese language program were canceled after the earthquakes happened in Japan. After leaving Japan when the program was canceled, Blain decided to use the rest of the summer to serve as a volunteer intern in Japan. He recently provided an update, which is presented below.

Blain Keller and Hitomi Yokote at the JAWFP office in Yokohoma, Japan.

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Pacific Islands Report on EWC Student from Samoa

Brian Taito Alofaituli

Brian Taito Alofaituli

In cooperation with the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Report (PIR), Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) produces daily news and special reports on Pacific Islands issues. PIR’s Assistant Editor, Edelene Osedil Uriarte from Palau, puts together the audio for the HPR.

On May 2, 2011 Edelene released a special piece on EWC student, Brian Alofaituli is presently seeking his M.A. at the Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is an East-West Center graduate degree fellow. One of the areas of research of Brian is focused on the migration of American Samoans to Hawai‘i and the U.S. Mainland and the historical context of the migration during four main migration periods.

Listen to this audio piece at  Pacific Islands Report.


EWC Alumni Event for U.S-Pakistan Journalists Exchange in Pakistan

Chapter Leader of the EWCA Lahore Chapter, Dr. Arfa Syed Zehra(OG 78-82, CLI 82, CWP 83) organized an alumni event for the American journalists visiting Pakistan on the first Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange program. It was a lovely evening and the journalists greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and talk with EWC alumni in Pakistan. This meeting was very valuable and provided a contrast to the their meetings are officials or others that have a particular perspective.

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American journalists visiting Pakistan on the 1st Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange program and meeting with EWC Alumni.

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Announcing the Launch of New EWC Community

The East-West Center is glad to announce the launch of the new EWC Community at http://www.EastWestCommunity.org/alumni.  Membership and access to the community is exclusive and free to EWC Alumni and Associate members only. The purpose of the online community is to help members network and share information with each other.

If you were already registered in the previous EWC Online Community, then please check your email for instructions on how to log in.

If you are a first-time visitor, you can register at http://www.EastWestCommunity.org/alumni.

We hope that you will find the EWC Community useful for keeping in touch with friends and colleagues from the East-West Center.

If you have any comments or concerns, please email us at alumni@eastwestcenter.org.

Aloha and Mahalo for your kind attention,
EWC Associates Office

Pacific Islands Report on ADB Fellow

Patrick Kaiku

Patrick Kaiku

In cooperation with the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Report (PIR), Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) produces daily news and special reports on Pacific Islands issues. PIR’s Assistant Editor, Edelene Osedil Uriarte from Palau, puts together the audio for the HPR.

On March 30, 2011 Edelene released a special piece on Patrick Kaiku, a New Papua Guinean who is currently on an Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Government of Japan Scholarship through the East-West Center.

Listen to this audio piece at  Pacific Islands Report.


Friend of EWC Selected as Happiest Man in America

On March 5, 2011 the New York Times announced that they have found the Happiest Man in America.

The New York Times had asked Gallup to come up with a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on the characteristics that most closely correlated with happiness in 2010. Men, for example, tend to be happier than women, older people are happier than middle-aged people, and so on.

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Alvin Wong and his wife, Trudy Schandler-Wong.

The answer from Gallup was: he’s a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.

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EWCA “Silk Road” Tour Report

Several years ago, Tim Wong, EWC grantee in the 60’s and Professor of Chinese Language and Chinese Literature at Arizona State University, began discussing a trip to China with other members of the EWCA Arizona Chapter as an educational tour and fund-raiser. These discussions evolved into a planned 2010 tour of the Silk Road, which was subsequently recognized by the EWCA as a 50th Anniversary activity. The tour took place recently from September 27 to October 16, 2010.

"Silk Road" Tour participants in Tiananmen Square.

Historically, the Silk Road refers to the east-west trade routes between Xi’an in China and the Mediterranean cities of the Roman Empire over which caravans of merchants and camels traveled some two thousand years ago trading such goods as silk, glass, and spices. Our trip covered a section of that vast geographic area in China.

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Student Testimony about Asia Pacific Leadership Program

Marvin Uehara was a participant of the 2009 – 2010 Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) at the East-West Center.  He has experience and education in tourism and development. Marvin is part of the Generation Nine of the APLP (also known as G9), where 21 countries are being represented.

My APLP Experience

by Marvin Uehara

I arrived in Honolulu in June 2009. I came here expecting to live the diversity of the East-West Center (EWC), study leadership in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), and enjoy the splendid nature of Hawaii. Over the last five months, I have had lifetime experiences.

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Kitchen Item Sale a Success

Aloha EWC Hawaii Alumni,

The kitchen item sale was held on August 10, 2010 and was a huge success! EWC students were happy to be able to purchase items at a very nominal cost. Sales were doubled from last year and the success of this sale would have not have been possible without your kind and generous donations.

Thank you very much for your support for our students.

EWCA Alumni Office