What is the Exchange?
THE EXCHANGE is a series of evening events, held weekly, featuring guest presentations, performances, and activities. Sessions explore the pressing issues, histories, challenges, innovations, and vibrant cultures that make the Asia-Pacific region unique. THE EXCHANGE is a chance for students and distinguished guests to share their time and their ideas, with each becoming better informed and better connected as a result. THE EXCHANGE is planned and produced by graduate students at the East-West Center.
Imin International Conference Center
1777 East-West Road
Connected at the Center
Weaving the Past, Present and Future
Common in Pacific Islander culture, Pacific Islanders look into their cultural past to protect their future. They do this by looking into their traditions and indigenous knowledge and combining these with the current modern state of the world. Similarly, in this Exchange, we will be looking at the East-West Center's past when thinking about how we approach our future. The EWC has cultivated leaders within the Center to build sustainable futures in their homelands. As current participants we will challenge ourselves to ask, "How can we utilize our collective traditions and the knowledge we have gained through our experiences at the Center to improve the world?" To do so, we can reflect on experiences of previous and present EWC participants, researchers, and leaders.
In this semester's Exchange, we will be examining the roles of EWC leaders in their communities and reflecting on our role as current participants. We will remove the borders of our lands and bridge connections across the world in a mat-weaving metaphor. As we bridge these connections, we weave our experiences and relationships into a metaphorical mat that is always expanding. We are all connected, and as we weave our own unique experiences and connections, we showcase the various opportunities for our future generations to do the same.