Dear Alumni, Friends, and Supporters of the East-West Center,

I am writing to ask for your support to students at the EWC who are facing financial difficulties as they comply with tight restrictions on mobility and access to resources and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know that students are spending more on groceries, cleaning supplies, transportation, and other expenses in order to follow social distancing and limited mobility requirements. Over time, we expect a number of students with limited personal and family resources to struggle with financial issues, food security, and more. We have therefore set up an EWC Student Emergency Fund to help us give special assistance when needed.

Please consider making a gift to this Fund. It will help us give financial assistance as well as expanded emotional support to students in need.

These are challenging times for all members of our EWC ‘ohana. Although we have had to postpone or cancel study tours and conferences, the Center is still fully operational, requiring only a core group on-site. Everyone else is teleworking.

Our community is resilient, and I am confident we will continue to adapt as needed in this changing environment. Our management team meets online daily to consider current and future health and safety issues as we do our best to continue the Center’s work with maximum attention to the health of our community. For 60 years students have been at the heart of the EWC. I thank you for considering a gift of support to this important but vulnerable part of our ‘ohana.


With gratitude and aloha,     

Richard R. Vuylsteke                                                                







Jaswinder (Jay) Brara and his brother, Arvinder (Ari) were East-West Center grantees during the 1970s. Jay and Ari and their families established the Brara Brothers Fellowships to provide awards to Degree Fellows from India and the United States.

"We spent three memorable years at the East-West Center (1977-1980) that changed and enriched our lives in countless ways. By including the East-West Center in our estate, we feel the funds would be well utilized in giving an opportunity to deserving candidates and help in promoting international understanding and culture."                                                                        ---Jaswinder and Geeta Brara


A gift from your estate can be designated to student scholarships or a program at the East-West Center. The East-West Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who support the mission of the East-West Center in their estate plans.

Whatever its size, your gift to the Center will make a difference. See Giving Opportunities.





students in a group
Asia Pacific Leadership Fellows learn to lead in an era of rapid cultural, economic, social, and technological change.
Students explore Asian art
Public performances and school visits reach thousands every year.

Generous gifts from the Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society have long supported innovative leadership and arts programming.

Gifts from the Society have enabled 238 students from 36 countries to particpate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.

250,000 Hawai'i students and community members have been exposed to Asia Pacific art forms. 

A new 2.3 million dollar gift from the Society ensures that these important experiences will be available for many more years.