Spring 2019 Ho‘opuka

Welcome to our latest cohort of alumni as the 78 students completing their East-West Center awards participated in the Ho‘opuka (“passing through” ceremony) at the Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall on May 2, 2019.


Hoopuka04-Layla-blogEast-West Center Participant Association (EWCPA) president Layla Kilolu (MURP in Urban & Regional Planning, 2017-2019) beautifully moderated the graduation ceremony. Select students who have exhibited leadership skills and dedicated service to the EWCPA community were invited to share their East-West Center experience. The following are excerpts of the speeches by Dewi Setiani (MEd in Educational Foundations, 2017-2019), Takumi Aoki (MA in Second Language Studies, 2017-2019), and Tsolmontuya “Tsom” Altankhundaga (MPA in Public Administration, 2017-2019).

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SAVE THE DATE!  EWC/EWCA 60th Anniversary International Conference in Hawaii

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Join us in celebrating the East-West Center’s 60th Anniversary at the upcoming EWC/EWCA 60th Anniversary International Conference on June 30-July 2, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Come back to Hawaii to join international colleagues renew acquaintances, network, and make new professional contacts. Visit the conference website for more information as it becomes available and be sure to check back periodically for updates.

Conference Theme: “Moving Toward a Sustainable Future in the Indo-Asia-Pacific”
Dates: Tuesday, June 30 – Thursday, July 2, 2020
Venue: Hawai’i Convention Center and East-West Center Campus
Website: EastWestCenter.org/hawaii2020
Questions?: Email hawaii2020@eastwestcenter.org | Call 1-808-944-7506

We look forward to seeing you in Hawaii in June 2020!

Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (1st Quarter 2019)

East-West Center Association
Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports
2019 1st Quarter Chapter Reports (January to March)
Editor: Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development


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President and Senior Staff Visit Alumni

As part of our alumni revitalization strategy in the lead up to the 60th celebrations, Center staff are meeting with alumni as they deliver programs in the region.


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Open Letter from Barbara Bornet Stumph

Chapter President: Barbara Bornet Stumph


As an English and Ancient World History teacher and grandmother, Barbara Lee Bornet Stumph, MS, is one of 250 Americans who enrolled in the China Art Academy International College (CAAIC) to learn traditional Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. In 1965-1966, Barbara tackled intensive Mandarin and related studies at the East-West Center, University of Hawaii. “We want to go to China,” she declared. “You will go to Taiwan on field study,” answered Dr. John Young, Administrator. Her first trip to China 20 years later in 1986 on a Stanford Fulbright. One year earlier in 1985, Phyllis Case Bennett enrolled a handful of Americans in the CAAIC Short Term Study Program of traditional Chinese calligraphy/painting. Former President Xiao Feng welcomed the group in the beginning; in recent years, Dean Jin Zhilin, has advocated for continuance of the unique program in this longest exchange program of its type. It is located at beloved West Lake, Hang Zhou, China.

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