East-West Center Oral History Project

The East-West Center Oral History Project strives to capture the Center’s first 50 years as seen through the eyes of staff, alumni, and supporters who have contributed to its growth. The project selected interviewees who represent the Center's diverse network over five decades and across the region and the institution itself. Presented on these pages are narratives, created from interview transcripts, that highlight the Center’s rich history of intellectual work, education, collaboration and friendship.

The oral histories were edited to make them more concise, which required consolidating and cutting material. The interviewers' questions have been removed and, where necessary, explanatory material inserted in brackets. We added conjunctive and transitional phrases and subheadings to enhance continuity, but otherwise no words were added to the narratives

The project made every attempt to reflect as accurately as possible the interviewees' recall of experiences and manner of speech and to preserve the content and character of the interviews. The narratives reflect interviewees’ personal perceptions, opinions and memories and may contain errors of fact. The narratives do not reflect positions or versions of history officially approved by the East-West Center.

Narratives are posted below and at the Center's collection at the institutional repository, ScholarSpace:
Ronny Adhikarya
Tauseef Ahmed
Ekramul Ahsan
Michael Anderson
George Ariyoshi
Richard Baker
Benji Bennington
Dan Berman
Verner Bickley
Terry Bigalke
Mary Bitterman
Betty Buck
Chalintorn Burian
Shabbir Cheema
Allen Clark
Frank Damon
Philip Estermann
Arjumand Faisel
Lyn Flanigan
Muhammad Ibrahim
Meheroo Jussawalla
Robert Kamins
Ilpyong Kim
Robert Kiste
Everett Kleinjans
Ricky Kubota
Ted Lee
Victor Li
Sumi Makey
Kuldeep Mathur
Manuel "Butch" Montes
Vijayan Munusamy
Terry Rambo
Khaleda Rashid
Bob Retherford
Gordon Ring
Puongpun Sananikone
Toufiq Siddiqi
Larry Smith
Alexander Spoehr
Kenji Sumida
Greg Trifonovitch
Ric Trimillos
Murray Turnbull
Sarah Vann
Patma Vityakon
Lynette Wageman
Brent Watanabe
Kang Wu


Project Coordinators: Terese Leber and Phyllis Tabusa
Narratives Editor: Susan Yim Griffin