Submitted by Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Twenty-two chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.
Highlights include the following:
There is a great buzz regarding the 2016 EWCA International Meeting in Manila! Nine chapters reported they were sending representatives. There may be more, but this is the count received in the reports. These include the APLP, ASDP, several members from the Bangladesh Chapter, others include Faisalabad, Korea, Mumbai, New York, Okinawa, and Singapore.
CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: EWCA
QUARTERLY REPORTS, EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING (4/19-4/20/2012)
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY ESTRELLA BESINGA SYBINSKY
I am happy to inform the Executive Board that nineteen chapters responded to the call for Chapter Quarterly Reports for our April, 2012 meeting. Though some chapters have not had much to report for this quarter, we continue to thank you for your response.
The following chapters submitted their quarterly report: 1) Bangladesh Chapter (Abu A.M. Ekramul Ahsan) 2) Beijing Chapter (Pan Zhongming) 3) Brisbane Chapter (Iraphne Childs) 4) Chicago Chapter (Pam Drymiller) 5) Faisalabad Chapter (Muhammad Ibrahim) 6) Hanoi Chapter (Hoang Hoe)
EWC Research Program Director, Dr. Nancy D. Lewis delivered a special lecture on Globalization and health in South Asia, organized by the Sustainable Developing Policy Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 12, 2011. Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Insitute (SDPI), conducted the proceedings and underlined the need for efficient track II diplomacy among nations to effectively deal with the growing economic and social challenges across globe.
Dr. Lewis shared her experiences of South Asia with the audience and talked on various aspects of concern including Asia’s population issues, environmental challenges, globalization and Asia’s health. Citing some key figures of global and Asian health situation, she underlined that a safer future was both a collective aspiration and a mutual responsibility.
The EWCA Islamabad Chapter (EWCA-IC) will celebrate on May 14th, 2010 the East-West Center Day in Islamabad, Pakistan with an exhibition of 30 paintings from local cinema billboard painters. These billboard painters were supported through Rs. 40,000 seed money for this exhibition through the left over funds of Community Service Project (CSP) of the EWCA-IC.
Cinema billboards, with their dazzling images were a part of the popular culture of major cities in Pakistan. Their enormous scale, bright color and melodramatic imagery was used to excite the public. The visual power of these illusionist billboards was integral in building the public’s fascination with film starts for nearly five decades. However nowadays, with the demolishing of cinema houses and the replacement of hand painted billboards by panaflex, the cinema billboard painters are struggling financially.
EWCA-Islamabad Chapter (EWCA-IC) members participated in “Connecting Classroom” activity sponsored by the British Council and organized at the Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) in Sector F-6/2, on 20 January 2010. Under this activity, students, both boys and girls, from 5 schools (4 public and 1 private) came together to sing, dance and present theatre, and learn collectively from each other through different activities and from invited speakers. The program was part of the 3 day inspirational fair, the main objective for which was to share various inspirational ideas and thoughts with a larger community of the students at the same time and space. The themes of the fair were TOLERANCE THROUGH EDUCATION, SELF RELIANCE, and UNDERSTANDING MINORITIES. For example, another segment of the event was a talk by a Buddhist briefing about the philosophy and practices of the religion, followed by a presentation about Gandhara from the archeologist’s perspective.