Western Economics Association International 8th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference

By Majah-Leah V. Ravago

Manabu Fujimura, Susan Stone, Shigeyuki Abe, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Arsenio Balisacan, James Roumasset, Agnes Rola, Kimberly Burnett, Majah-Leah Ravago, Yasuyuki Sawada

(L to R) Manabu Fujimura, Susan Stone, Shigeyuki Abe, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Arsenio Balisacan, James Roumasset, Agnes Rola, Kimberly Burnett, Majah-Leah Ravago, Yasuyuki Sawada

“It’s a small world after all!” It may sound cliché, but is true as exemplified by my recent experience of meeting several EWC alumni in the Western Economics Association International 8th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference in Kyoto, Japan on March 24-27, 2009. We organized sessions in this conference and I realized that several participants we invited have one thing in common — EWC. Continue reading

East-West Center Students Celebrate Many Cultures, One World

HONOLULU (April 10) – The East-West Center Participants Association is hosting its 2009 cultural celebration, East-West Fest, on Sat. April 18 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Center’s Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall) on the East-West Center campus.

This year’s fest is themed Many Cultures, One World and will include cultural booths representing 13 countries. Performances for the event include award-winning Hawaiian combo Manoa Voices; the winners of the 2008 Tokelau Easter Festival, Te Lumanaki o Tokelau I Amelika; dances of Bhutan, Bali, Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia; music of Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh; and much more. Continue reading

EWCA Hawaii Chapter Annual Dinner

The Hawaii Chapter will be hosting their Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Luana Hills Country Club. The funds raised from this event will go to EWC student travel scholarships that enable students to attend professional conferences.

The program will feature an excellent buffet dinner, art bazaar, an auction of Southeast Asian art, and cultural performances by EWC students. Continue reading

EWC Participants are “Leading Sustainably”

What does it mean to be a leader and model for sustainability?

This and many other questions are the starting point for a discussion panel that took place at the EWC/EWCA 2008 International Conference in Bali today. Participants Meutia Chaerani, R. Don Peel, Bryan Bushley, and Wendy Miles presented “Leading Sustainably in the Asia Pacific: An Interactive Discussion on Environmental Sustainability in the East-West Center Community.” These Participants are part of an active group concerned with environmental sustainability, and their efforts are focused first where they live: the East-West Center and the island of Oahu.

In recent years, EWC participants have been exploring new ways to promote sustainability in the East-West Center living and working community. Continue reading

Travel Grant Series: International Linguistics Conferences

By Carl Polley
Graduate Degree Fellow, Linguistics (PhD)

I would like to thank the East-West Center Alumni for their generous Summer Travel Award, which I used to travel and present at two conferences in August. This was my first time attending international linguistics conferences outside of the United States.

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East-West Center Association Summer Travel Grant

Each year the East-West Center Association (EWCA) awards summer travel grants to deserving students to offset the costs of traveling to conferences or field work destinations. These travel grants are funded by generous East-West Center alumni from all over the world. In 2008, 10 EWCA travel grants were awarded – five funded by the EWCA Hawaii Chapter – to travel between May and August.

Currently, the East-West Center’s Alumni blog, EWCA Discussion Board, is featuring its “Travel Grant Series” – a series of nine short narratives of the East-West Center Travel Grant recipients’ experience. To read the series click here.