EWCA - Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP)

Region: Constituent/Special Interest

The ASDP Alumni Chapter was established to help ASDP program alumni support the Asian Studies Development Program in its efforts to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies, and to support the East-West Center (EWC) in its mission of contributing to the realization of a just, prosperous and equitable Asia-Pacific community. The ASDP Alumni Chapter cooperates with the East-West Center Association (EWCA) Executive Board and the EWC Alumni Association Office to promote activities and initiatives consistent with the EWC mission.

The ASDP Alumni Chapter was the first non-geographic, special interest alumni chapter and remains the largest chapter in the EWC Alumni Association. The general meeting of the ASDP Alumni Chapter is held annually in conjunction with the ASDP National Conference. The elected Chapter leadership includes a President and Vice-President (2-year terms), Secretary and Treasurer (5-year terms) and two Members-at-Large.

With volunteer assistance, the ASDP Alumni Chapter publishes an electronic newsletter that features news about ASDP alumni and programs, and other content relevant to expanding and enhancing undergraduate Asian studies.






Chapter Leader

Dennis Arjo
(Education Program Workshop 2003, '08, '12; ASDP National Conference 2010, '11, '14, '15, '16, '17, '18, '19)
Professor of Philosophy
Chair Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, Kansas
Email:  [email protected]

Chapter Officers

Dennis Arjo, Johnson County Community College, President, 2020-2022
Matthew Ruane, Florida Institute of Technology, Vice-President, 2020-2022
Barbara Lass, City College of San Francisco, Secretary, 2020-2025
Eric Spears, Columbus State University, Treasurer, 2018-2023
Roslyn Schoen, Texas A&M University, Member-at-Large, 2020-2023
Deborah Williams, Johnson County Community College, Member-at-Large, 2020-2023
Taine Duncan, University of Central Arkansas, Member-at-Large, 2018-2022
Dona Cady, Middlesex Community College, Past President and Non-Voting Advisor 2020-2021
Peter Hershock, Asian Studies Development Program, Alumni Chapter Advisor, 2011 -



Asian Studies Development Program Chapter By-Laws (amended March 6, 2020)


Meeting Minutes

Minutes for March 5, 2021 meeting

Minutes for March 6, 2020 meeting

Minutes for March 7, 2019 meeting

Minutes for March 1, 2018 meeting

Minutes for March 2, 2017 meeting

Minutes for March 16, 2016 meeting

Minutes for March 20, 2015 meeting

Minutes for March 14, 2014 meeting

Minutes for March 1, 2013 meeting

Minutes for March 31, 2012 meeting

Minutes for March 25, 2011 meeting

Minutes for June 30, 2010 meeting

Minutes for March 6, 2009 meeting

Minutes for March 8, 2008 meeting


ASDP Alumni Newsletter

The Asian Studies Development Program's Alumni Newsletter appears twice a year each Fall and Spring.  The available issues are listed below.

May 2015 Issue

October 2014 Issue

October 2013 Issue

April 2013 Issue

October 2012 Issue

February 2012 Issue

November 2010 Issue

June 2010 Issue

November 2009 Issue

April 2009 Issue

November 2008 Issue

April 2008 Issue

October 2007 Issue




Chapter Information

To view this Chapter's quarterly activity reports, go to the EWCA Blog and search on "Chapter Reports."