Graduate Students from 24 Nations to Gather at East-West Center Conference on Asia Pacific Research


HONOLULU (Feb. 7, 2014)—More than 80 graduate students from 34 universities in 24 nations are set to gather at the East-West Center next week to present their research at the Center’s 13th annual International Graduate Student Conference. The interdisciplinary gathering, planned and organized by EWC students, is the largest of its kind worldwide. All conference sessions, excluding meals, are free and open to the public.

The three-day conference, which runs Feb. 13-15 at EWC’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center, includes 24 panel sessions in a number of areas focusing on the Asia Pacific region and its interactions with the U.S. David M. Lampton, director of China studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on Thurs. Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m., on the topic of “The Challenges of Governing China." Dr. Lampton's address is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Distinguished Speaker Series.The primarily self-funded presenters were selected from 239 graduate students who submitted paper abstracts. Some 23 presenters are from outside the U.S., 42 are from Hawai‘i, and the remainder are from the U.S. mainland.

All conference sessions will take place at the Imin Center’s Jefferson Hall, located at 1777 East-West Road opposite UH Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre. The panel sessions run between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 15 & 16. For more information, contact 944-1111, or [email protected]

The co-chairs for this year’s conference are EWC Graduate Degree Fellows Brian T. Alofaituli and Duyen Bui.