Posted by: friendsofewc | January 9, 2015

China Seminar: Chinese New Year Food: Sights, Sounds, and Symbols

China Seminar

Thursday, 12 February, 2015, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

$20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students
$25.00 for non-members
Luncheon served after the talk

Chinese New Year Food: Sights, Sounds, and Symbols

Daniel W.Y. Kwok

The relationship between thought and food is a hallmark of the China Seminar. This relationship at Chinese New Year impinges on one’s senses with particular relevancy. Professor Kwok, for this session of the China Seminar, offers an encounter of the foods and occasions of this temperate zone civilization at this time of year.

In lieu of a biographical sketch, Daniel Kwok, founding convener of the China Seminar already known to seminarians, has this to say in the “Foreword” that he wrote in a cookbook by his mother (he edited in 2013 just before his stroke in October that year).  “Who does not remember a mother’s cooking? How many, though, can boast of a mother with over two hundred recipes of sensible Chinese cooking?”  The cookbook also includes his essay: “The Pleasures of the Chinese Palate,” offering broader considerations of Chinese food beyond the new year.

To RSVP, please call 944-7111 or email

Click here to download the event flyer.


Thursday, 8 January, 2015, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

$20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students
$25.00 for non-members
Luncheon served after the talk

Same Bed, Different Dreams:
The Umbrella Movement as Seen by Xi Jinping and Hong Kong’s Sandwich Class

Richard Hornik

Although press coverage of the protest movement in Hong Kong has been extensive, it has largely failed to address the underlying motivations of the two most important sides to the conflict: China’s top leadership, as personified by Xi Jinping, and Hong Kong’s middle class. While the outside world has focused on student and activist demands for a more democratic selection of the Territory’s Chief Executive, the support from large sections of the public is based on a sense that Hong Kong’s economic advantages are dwindling because of ineffective leadership by Hong Kong’s top officials. At the same time, China’s leaders are less interested in accommodating Hong Kong’s demands than was the case even a few years ago. A mutually agreeable solution is highly unlikely.

Richard Hornik, currently a lecturer in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, is a journalist with over 30 years of global experience. He was executive editor of AsiaWeek, deputy chief of correspondents and news service director of Time in New York, and he served as Time’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Boston, Beijing and Hong Kong. He co-authored Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy, with Donald Morrison, and has written for Foreign Affairs, Fortune, Smithsonian, The New York Times and Wall St. Journal. He has an M.A. in Russian studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was Journalist-in-Residence at the East-West Center. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong in 2012 and will be a Lecturer at UH this semester.

Posted by: friendsofewc | December 17, 2014

EWC Community Saddened By Sudden Passing of Larry Smith

Larry-Smith-500The East-West Center community has been saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former Education Director and longtime community supporter Larry Smith, who suffered a fatal heart attack over the weekend, shortly after arriving in New Delhi to attend a conference.

“It was a devastating shock to hear of Larry’s passing, since so many at the Center knew him as a dynamic and engaged supporter right up until his departure for India,” said EWC President Charles E. Morrison. “During his decades as a staff member and in subsequent years as a key leader of the EWC support community, Larry embodied the East-West Center spirit of warmth and humanitarianism. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.”

Past President of the Friends of the East-West Center Vivien Stackpole added, “Larry was one who welcomed me to the Friends and was always cheerful and never negative. He was so supportive of the China Seminar and was always at the door welcoming and greeting members. I will miss him dearly and happy to call him a friend! I send my deepest sympathy to his family.”

With a background in sociolinguistics, Smith joined the Center in 1970 to develop programs for English as a Foreign Language administrators from Asian institutions. He later became a research associate, ultimately retiring from EWC in 1999 as Director and Dean of the Education Program. After leaving the Center, he established a consultancy specializing in leadership education and was highly active with the Friends of the East-West Center, serving as the organization’s president from 2006 to 2008. Most recently, he chaired the EWC alumni association’s Endowment Committee. (Read his EWC oral history.)

To inquire about memorial service plans once they have been finalized, please contact the EWC front desk at (808) 944-7111, or

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