LEE BENTLEY CHINA FUND SUPPORTS U.S.-CHINA FACULTY EXCHANGE
Carol Mon Lee established the Lee Bentley China Fund in memory of her husband, Jerry H. Bentley and mother, Elsie Chang Lee with a gift of $25,000. Carol Mon Lee’s background is in law, education, business and community service. Before retiring, Carol was Associate Dean at UH Richardson School of Law. As the great granddaughter of Qing Dynasty reformer Zhang Zhidong, Carol has long promoted cross-cultural learning along with her late husband, world historian Jerry H. Bentley. East West Center programs like the U.S.-China Faculty Exchange Program are part of this commitment.
The fund will support the 2014 U.S.-China Faculty Exchange Program under the Asian Studies Development Program for program costs of Chinese faculty members. This ongoing initiative enhances undergraduate teaching and learning about Chinese and American cultures and societies through travel seminars that explore such shared issues as history and national identity, social change, economic development, education policies, ethnic diversity, the environment, and social equity.
VALUED CORPORATE SPONSORS
Aston Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the East-West Center to support the Center’s Arts Program. Throughout 2014, EWC visiting artists, scholars and performers will enjoy accommodations at one of the Aston hotels on O‘ahu.
“The East-West Center is extremely grateful to Aston for its generous support in helping to bring cultural artists and performers to Hawai‘i from throughout the Asia Pacific region,” said EWC President Charles E. Morrison. “We know our visiting artists will be able to enjoy a wonderful Hawai‘i experience at their Aston accommodations.”
Hawaiian Airlines is the sponsor of the Arts Program’s Living Lacquer Traditions exhibition in the EWC Gallery from May 25 to September 7, 2014 and performances by TaikOz, Australia’s premier taiko group. TaikOz performed to a sold-out audience at Orvis Auditorium on July 6th and two free outreach demonstrations attended by over 600 young people from summer school and summer fun programs on the following day.
H.I.S. Hawaii is the designated travel agency for Hawai‘i residents traveling to the 2014 East-West Center/East-West Center Association International Conference in Okinawa, Japan from September 17 to 19, 2014. The conference theme is “Developing a Peaceful and Sustainable Asia Pacific Community.”
Hawaiian Host is a corporate sponsor of the EWC/EWCA International Conference in Okinawa and will provide chocolate covered macadamia nut candies for participants and special guests.