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


Thursday, 11 December, 2014, 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

Update on US – Taiwan Relations: Prospects After Two Mid-Term Elections

Raymond Burghardt

BurgharR_250Relations across the Taiwan Strait have been relatively stable for the past six years. But in the past few months, student demonstrations in Taiwan against a new cross-strait trade agreement, widespread sympathy in Taiwan for student demonstrators in Hong Kong and mid-term elections in both the U.S. and Taiwan are all developments which have complicated relations between Mainland China and Taiwan.  Beijing is already worrying about Taiwan’s 2016 elections, which could bring the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) back to power.  U.S. – Taiwan relations, formally described as “unofficial,” have developed well during the overlapping terms of President Obama and President Ma Ying-jeou, with over $12 billion in arms sales, increased two-way trade and investment, and a surge in travel after the U.S. grant of visa waiver to Taiwan. Ambassador Burghardt will give us an update on U.S. – Taiwan relations and his thoughts on how recent and upcoming developments in Taiwan, the PRC, Hong Kong and the U.S. could affect the always sensitive cross-strait situation.

Ambassador Burghardt, formerly Director of East-West Seminars, has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) since 2006.  AIT, which was created by the U.S. Congress in the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, manages U.S.-Taiwan relations in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. His previous overseas services include the Ambassador to Vietnam, Director of AIT in Taipei, Consul General in Shanghai, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Manila and Seoul, and Political Counselor in Beijing.  He also served in the National Security Council as Special Assistant to President Reagan.

To RSVP, please call 944-7111 or email

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Posted by: friendsofewc | November 5, 2014

Sumi Makey: Friend for Life

At the 2014 Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) luncheon, Sumi Makey was presented the FRIEND FOR LIFE award for her long-term commitment and dedication to the mission of the FEWC.

Vivian Stackpole, President, FEWC, presents the Friend for Life award to Sumi Makey.

Vivian Stackpole, President, FEWC, presents the Friend for Life award to Sumi Makey.

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