The Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through study, dialogue and field study in the Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate.


The 2016 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships, co-sponsored by the East-West Center and the Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, will take six US journalists to Taipei, Taichung and Tainan in Taiwan on December 4–10, 2016.

Since Taiwan’s newly elected first woman President Tsai Ing-wen from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was just inaugurated on May 20 in 2016, the program will take the participants to explore current issues, including US-Taiwan relations, cross-strait relationship, regional economies, environmental and social developments under the new administration.

The program will include high-level meetings with government officials as well as business, civic, cultural and religious leaders; academics; NGOs; and other community members to gain a deeper understanding of this important economy and society. The Fellowships had included meetings with President Ma of Taiwan in the past.

Dates: December 4–10, 2016

Study Tour Destinations: Taipei, Taichung and Taoyuan in Taiwan

Co-sponsors: East-West Center and the Shih Hsin University in Taiwan

The 2016 participants are:

  1. Ms. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington, DC
  2. Ms. Janet Cho, Business Reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Mr. Will Dobson, Chief International Editor, National Public Radio (NPR), Washington, DC
  4. Mrs. Donna Leinwand Leger, Managing Editor, Breaking News, USA Today, McLean, Virginia
  5. Ms. Lavanya Ramanathan, Staff Writer, The Washington Post, Washington, DC
  6. Mr. Guy Taylor, National Security Team Leader, The Washington Times, Washington, DC


Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7384; Fax: 808-944-7600