East-West Center Student Leader Receives Ann Dunham Scholarship

East-West Center Participants’ Association President Micah Fisher has been awarded an Ann Dunham Soetoro Graduate Scholarship, named in honor of President Obama’s mother.

Micah Fisher recieves the Ann Dunham Soetor scholarship from Dunham's UH graduate Anthropology advisor, Alice Dewey

” Micah Fisher recieves the Ann Dunham Soetoro scholarship from Dunham’s UH anthropology advisor, Alice Dewey

Fisher, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at UH Manoa, received $1,000 from the Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowment, a collaborative effort of the university and EWC to support students who “represent Ann Dunham’s values and interests in nurturing understanding, engaging in community service, and promoting empathy to encourage global cooperation.”

“I very much look up to her as somebody that was deeply committed to Indonesia and admire her for her approach in conducting research, as well as her pragmatism in working with communities,” Fisher said of Dunham and her work. “These are all areas I hope to strive for in my studies and my work.”

Dunham, an anthropologist who studied village industries in Indonesia, received her  doctorate degree at UH Manoa on East-West Center grants. Continue reading

Dick Baker Interviewed About Democracy in Asia

EWC Adjunct Senior Fellow Dick Baker discusses current developments regarding democracy in Asia in a recent segment of the online video show ThinkTech Hawaii. Interviewed by Hawaii Pacific University Professor and Asia-Pacific columnist Bill Sharp, Baker discusses recent developments in Thailand, Indonesia and more.

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ThinkTech Hawaii also features a variety of other video segments hosted by Sharp and focusing on Asia-Pacific issues.

Two New EWCA Chapters

The EWCA would like to welcome its two newest chapters and their chapter leaders:

Timor-Leste, Dili Chapter
Chapter leader Brigida da Silva

Indonesia, Aceh Chapter
Chapter leader Anton Widyanto

We look forward to hearing all about their future activities. If you reside in one of these areas and would like to be involved in chapter activities, please email the chapter leader of that area.

For a complete list of chapters, chapter leaders and their contact information, please click here.