The Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through study, dialogue and field study in the Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate.


The 2016 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships, co-sponsored by the East-West Center and Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, took six US journalists to Taipei, Taichung and Taoyuan in Taiwan from December 4–10, 2016.

The 2016 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships Program, held on December 4–10, 2016, brought six print, broadcast and online journalists from leading US media organizations on a study tour to Taipei, Taichung and Taoyuan. Shih Hsin University (SHU) was the local host and co-sponsor of the program. 

The study tour in Taiwan arranged high-level meetings with government officials (including a privileged meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen), business and civic leaders, academics, and other community members. These engagements provided invaluable opportunities for the journalists to explore current issues covering the important political, economic, security, social and cultural elements of contemporary Taiwan that included Taiwan-US relations, Cross-strait relations, trade, and Taiwan’s role in the Asia Pacific region and the world.

The 2016 participants:

  1. Ms. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington, DC
  2. Ms. Janet Cho, Business Reporter, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Mr. Will Dobson, Chief International Editor, National Public Radio (NPR), Washington, DC
  4. Mrs. Donna Leinwand Leger, Managing Editor, Breaking News, USA Today, McLean, Virginia
  5. Ms. Lavanya Ramanathan, Staff Writer, The Washington Post, Washington, DC
  6. Mr. Guy Taylor, National Security Team Leader, The Washington Times, Washington, DC


Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars
East-West Center
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