2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the 2018 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea


L-R: Ann Hartman, Clara Hur, and Layla Kilolu

Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Layla Kilolu
Graduate Degree Fellow
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend the EWCA Conference in Seoul this year. It was a rewarding experience academically, professionally, and personally. I had the opportunity to present my resilience research and other activities that I’ve been involved with through the “Global Changemakers” panel, along with Ann Hartman and Clara Hur. My research in resilience is taking best practices from other international cities in the Asia-Pacific region, with the hopes that these best practices might be implemented in Hawaii to make our communities more resilient. My research has included case studies in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne, and San Francisco. In addition, I’ve been producing a music album that focuses on the refugee experience, with original songs written by fellow East-West Center fellows, in order to raise awareness on this global issue. This project has truly been a collaborative international effort and is reflective of the EWC’s mission to foster understanding among the Asia-Pacific. It was a wonderful experience sharing the diverse activities that I’ve been involved with, all thanks to the East-West Center. The conference also allowed me to meet many EWC alumni from all over the world, and I was delighted to see the camaraderie between and within the many generations present.

2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Field Work at the 13th Japan-Korea Student Future Forum in Nagasaki, Japan


Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Eunsun Lee
Graduate Degree Fellow
MA in Second Language Studies

My travel during this past summer was made possible through the generosity of the EWCA Summer Travel Grant. From August 5th to 10th, I conducted fieldwork for my research in Nagasaki, Japan, where the 13th Japan-Korea Students Future Forum took place. The Forum was hosted by two partner student organizations called KJSFF and JKSFF. As a former member of KJSFF, I had the opportunity to sit in during the entire event to observe and record the participants’ interactional practices. 43 college and high school students from Korea and Japan got together to have group discussions and presentations on this year’s topic of “Collaboration in various fields.” I closely observed the entire programs, focusing on how the participants interacted with each other through the mediation of participant-translators. I also audio-recorded the participants’ conversations during discussions and presentations and took photos of them. In this Fall, I will analyze the data that I have collected during this field trip and hopefully develop it into a scholarly paper for my MA degree.


2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship at Australian Embassy, Jakarta & Field Work in Singapore

Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Dewi Setiani
Graduate Degree Fellow
MEd in Educational Foundations


I did an 8-week internship (May 28th – July 20th, 2018) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia Embassy, Jakarta. I was assigned to the Governance and Human Development branch, specifically under the Basic Education unit of the Human Development section. My main duty was assisting the basic education team in implementing and supervising their program, which includes various tasks depending on the daily activities of the managers and officers. Several programs that DFAT does to improve education quality in Indonesia are INOVASI, The World Bank Trust Fund – IDTEMAN, and Technical Assistance for System Strengthening (TASS). The foremost area I specialized in was INOVASI or Innovation for Indonesian school children programs with several duties related to World Bank Trust Fund, and TASS.

Between June 4 – July 20, 2018 I conducted research in Singapore to record Indonesian domestic workers’ experience attending Indonesian school in Singapore. The participants were recruited with snowball sampling, then were invited to come to school at their convenient time to meet me. I visited the school on July 14-15 and interviewed 20 workers to hear about their motivation, feedback and other experience pursuing education at the school. The participants recruited were mostly enroll in middle school and high school certificate, with some attending university level courses. Overall the sample was representative and is currently being analyzed for my master plan B thesis project.

Thank you so much for your help and support.

2018 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business (AIB 2018) in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Summer Travel Grant 2018 Recipient
Robert Moore
Graduate Degree Fellow
PhD in International Business

From June 25-28 I had the privilege of participating in the annual conference of the Academy of International Business, and my travel was supported in part by an EWCA Summer Travel Grant. This was my first time presenting a competitive research paper in the area of my dissertation research, and as such it was a big step in my academic career. At the conference I was able to discuss my work with journal editors, tenured professors, and distinguished fellows of the academy, and in each case I received great feedback and great ideas for how to extend my research in new directions. My presentation was well-received, and it sparked an interesting discussion among the audience and the other presenters about how business in times of war and war recovery might be different from business in times of peace. I received a nice surprise at the conference in that my paper was nominated for an award. It was the “That’s Interesting!” award, and, even though I didn’t win, it was still an honor to be nominated. Overall I had a great conference experience, and I thank the EWCA and Hawaii Chapter very much for their support.

Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters 2018 (1st Quarter)

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).

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EWC/EWCA Alumni Awards

Congratulations to this year’s alumni award recipients, who will be presented with their awards at the alumni conference in Seoul in August. 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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Chicago Alumni Enjoy Brunch with Richard Vuylsteke

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.