Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters 2017 (1st Quarter)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2017 1st Quarter Chapter Reports (Jan-April)

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 17 Chapters who submitted their first quarter reports for 2017. Your submissions help us and others know how active the Chapters are, and show your continued patronage for EWCA/EWC outreach. The following Chapters and representatives responded this quarter: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi) 2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady 3) Beijing (Hongxia Zhang) 4) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs) 5) Chennai (Vasanthi Ranganathan) 6) Dhaka (Abu Ekramul Ahsan) 7) Hawaii (Carl Hefner) 8) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto) 9) Kathmandu (Nirendra Maske) 10) Kuala Lumpur (Gan Siowck Lee) 11) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith) 12 ) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana) 13) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi) 14) Philippines (Pearl Angeli Erguiza Pacada) 15) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim) 16) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon) 17) Southern California (Claire Langham)

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Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (October 2016)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2016 Third Quarter Chapter Reports

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 22 Chapters who submitted Quarterly Reports. Your submissions as well as your ongoing commitment to EWC and EWCA outreach are sincerely appreciated. The following Chapters and representatives responded to the call for reports: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi)  2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady)  3) Bali (Agung Muninjaya)  4) Bangladesh (Abu M. Ekramul Ahsan)  5. Brisbane (Iraphne Child)  6. Chandigarh (Rajesh Aggarwal) 7. Chennai (S. Rajamani)  8) Faisalabad (Muhammad Ibrahim)  9) Hawaii (Carl Hefner)  10) Islamabad (Arjumand Faisel)  11) Jakarta (Irid Agoes) 12) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto)  13) Karachi (Ghazala Fasih)  14) Lao (Chanthavong Saignasith)  15) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana)  16) Nepal (Nirendra  Dhoj Maske)  17) New York (William Armbruster)  18) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi)  19) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon)  20) Southern California (Claire Langham)  21) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim)  22) Tokyo (Kazuhiko Takemoto)

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New EWCA 21st Century Outstanding Service Award

We’re pleased to announce a new EWCA award for outstanding service. The EWCA 21st Century Outstanding Service Award recognizes East-West Center participants whose initial involvement in a program was after the year 2000 and has provided outstanding service to the community.

Please remember that the deadline to submit nominations for this award, the Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Volunteer, and Outstanding Chapter Awards is September 30, 2015 so send your nominations in soon!  Details for all awards can be found at http://www.eastwestcenter.org/alumni/ewca-honors-and-awards.  Awards will be presented at the 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila next January.

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Deadline approaching – 2016 EWC/EWCA International Conference in Manila

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Date: January 15-17, 2016

Venue: Manila Hotel, located at One Rizal Park, 0913, Manila, Philippines

Theme: “Bridging Diverse Cultures towards an Inclusive Asia Pacific Community”

Make plans to join international colleagues at the East-West Center/East-West Center Association international conference in Manila, Philippines.

Deadline for Early Registration and Call for Papers is August 15, 2015.

Register now to guarantee the early registration rate of $300 for EWCA members. Registration fee includes Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Cultural Performances, Aloha Dinner, Lunches, Coffee Breaks, a Half-Day Tour, all Program Sessions and Conference Materials. Rate increases on August 16th.

If you are interested in presenting a paper during the conference, be sure to submit your abstract by August 15th. You must be a registered conference participant for your abstract to be considered.

To register and for information about the conference, go to www.eastwestcenter.org/manila2016.

Questions – Email: manila2016@eastwestcenter.org Phone: 1-808-944-7506
Organized by the East-West Center (EWC), East-West Center Association (EWCA), and EWC Alumni Association Philippines (EWCAAP).

Alumni Couple Tomo and Aska Hamakawa Honored by the Dalai Lama for Their Non-Profit Work

Congratulations to husband-and-wife EWC alumni team Tomohiro and Asuka Hirabe Hamakawa, who both recently received Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014 awards from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for their dedicated volunteer work.

Tomo DLAt an event in San Francisco in February, the Dalai Lama personally recognized 51 individuals from around the world who help those in need without expectation of reward. Asia Pacific Leadership Program alum Tomo, who holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, helps  raise funds for the preservation of Tibetan culture through documentary film and photography and is a staff member at Kopernik, an Indonesian nonprofit that brings simple, innovative technologies to rural areas. He also served four years as a full-time staff with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, which subsidizes low-cost and high-impact interventions that save children’s lives.

Aska DLAsuka, or “Aska,” a former EWC affiliate degree student in Pacific islands studies, has known since she was a teenager donating to UNICEF that she wanted to devote her life to helping those in need. In 2009, she assisted with relief and reconstruction  for victims of an earthquake and tsunami in Samoa, and she helped head relief efforts in the fishing village of Ishinomaki after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Currently, she serves as vice president of Tuvalu Overview, a NGO that promotes research and awareness of climate change in the island nation of Tuvalu.

East-West Center and East-West Center Association Mourn the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Senator Daniel K. Inouye

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications on December 17th at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He passed away peacefully with his wife and son beside him.
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Tibet Trekking Tour after the EWC/EWCA International Conference in Beijing

Join the Tibet  (Himalayas Everest Base Camp) 12-Day Trekking Tour and support  EWC Scholarships

Dates:  September 4 to 15, 2012

Organized by Jean (Eng) Geer (CLI 78-79), jsgeer@wavecable.com

Ever since I trekked the Himalaya of Nepal to the South Face Everest Base Camp, trekking the Himalaya of Tibet to the North Face Everest Base Camp has been a top “to do in this life.” The Himalaya range is magnificent and the North Face of Mount Everest is described as spectacular. Gary McCue in his book, Trekking Tibet shared: “Nowhere in the Himalaya can the immense height of Mount Everest (29,035 ft, 8850 m) the highest point on Earth, be appreciated as it can be in Tibet. . . . The North Face is arguably its most spectacular side, a sheer wall of rock and ice rising over 2 vertical miles (3.7 km) . . . “
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