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

Click here to download the event flyer.

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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Posted by: friendsofewc | October 28, 2014

Friends of the East-West Center Annual Meeting Luncheon

October 29, 2014, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Halekulani Hotel, Hau Terrace

Cost: $50.00 (includes lunch, gratuity, and parking)

lassner-250The program will feature guest speaker David Lassner, 15th President of the University of Hawaii. As he assumes leadership of the UH System, President Lassner will share his thoughts about the task ahead. Prior to his July 1, 2014 appointment, President Lassner served as interim president from September 1, 2013. He has worked at the university since 1977 and was most recently its Vice-President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. He is an ex-officio member of the East-West Center Board of Governors.

The program will also feature a presentation of the Friend for Life Award to Mrs. Sumi Makey.

Program portion is in cooperation with the East-West Center and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC).

For details, including registration form and payment information, download the meeting luncheon flier.

Primary Contact Info:


Phone: 808-944-7691

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