Media Reminder: South and Southeast Asian Pavilions
It may appear to be small and simple, but the pavilion plays an important role in the daily life of the people of South and Southeast Asia. Be it a Royal sala in Thailand, a rural bus stop in India, or simply a welcomed shelter and sanctuary from the relentless hot summer sun or cool monsoon rains, throughout the region the pavilion is held in high esteem.

Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 3 p.m., the East-West Center Gallery will present a comprehensive look at this much-overlooked structure and its role in regional culture. Dr. Kazi K. Ashraf, associate professor at the School of Architecture at University of Hawaii-Manoa, will take gallery-goers through the world of the pavilion from its fundamental function to its ornamental glory.

Sunday’s event is part of the ongoing EWC Gallery exhibition Sala: Gem of Thai Architecture. The exhibit runs through May 23 and offers the opportunity to celebrate the fascinating characteristics of Thai architecture, as well as to learn more about its meaning and relationship to other aspects of Thai culture through a multi-media experience.

The East-West Center Gallery is located on the ground floor of John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (the mauka/Kokohead corner of East-West Road and Dole Street). The Gallery will open at noon Sunday with the event beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information concerning the current exhibition please contact Gallery curator Dr. Michael Schuster at (808) 944-7543 or via email at [email protected] Media coverage can be arranged also through John Lewis, EWC media relations officer, at (808) 944-7204 or via email at [email protected]


The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.