2017 PCI Annual Award Dinner (February 23, 2017)
The 2017 Pacific Century Institute’s Annual Award Dinner was held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The event was attended by more than 230 friends, supporters and members of PCI. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was honored with PCI’s Individual Building Bridges Award and the East-West Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange in Honolulu was given the Institutional Building Bridges Award. Dr. Charles Morrison who served as president of the East-West Center from 1998 to 2016 accepted the award on its behalf. PCI Vice President Tom Plate said in his welcoming remarks, “Any human architecture for peace, across the largest oceanic expanse on Earth - the mighty Pacific Ocean - will take lengthy, patient, precise bridge-building. That’s exactly what our two honorees have aimed to accomplish during their extraordinary careers.“ Secretary Ban talked about transcending identity politics, universal values, and the power of youth in his speech. Dr. Morrison addressed the value and power of positive public diplomacy.
For more info, please contact Jackie Lee at pci@PacificCenturyInst.org.
2016 PCI Annual Award Dinner (February 25, 2016)
PCI 2016 Annual Award Dinner honoring Hong Seok-hyun, Chairman of JoongAng Media Network and former Korean Ambassador to the US, and Fulbright Korean-American Educational Commission (KAEC), Seoul-based initiator of Cultural and Educational Exchanges, was held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel. More than 220 guests attended the event. PCI Board Member and former US Ambassador to Vietnam Raymond Burghardt was the master of ceremonies and PCI Board Member and former US Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens gave the welcoming remarks. PCI Chairman and former US Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg introduced the award recipients. The Executive Director of the Fulbright KAEC, Shim Jai-Ok accepted the award on behalf of KAEC and spoke on the size, scope and impact of the Fulbright program in South Korea. Chairman Hong delivered his speech, “The Rise of China and the Future of the American Role in Asia” at length of the need for the US and China to cooperate in creating a cooperative, horizontal vice vertical, security architecture in Asia, and dialogue with North Korea being the key to resolving that issue. For more info, please contact Angie Pak at Angie.Pak@PacificCenturyInst.org.
Chairman Gregg's Honorary Doctorate
Chairman Donald P. Gregg was awarded his Honorary Doctorate from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on December 08, 2015 in recognition of the contribution he has made through his career in public service and, in particular, his work in Korean affairs.
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To see Chairman Gregg’s acceptance speech, please click here.
Salon de Palace Garden
Since PCI's 25th anniversary dinner in Seoul in May, PCI has been trying to follow up on its key message of searching for new ideas that can transcend ideological differences and bring about a nonpartisan vision for the future of the Korean peninsula, Northeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. Launching of the "Sanglimwon Salon" is part of that effort.
To view the detailed report of Sanglimwon Salon session 1, please click here.
To view the detailed report of Sanglimwon Salon session 2, please click here.
To view the detailed report of Sanglimwon Salon session 3, please click here.
Hanpyong Academy's Seminar (October 29, 2015)
Mr. Spencer Kim gave a presentation on "Fundamental Necessities for a Peaceful Unification" at Hanpyong Academy's seminar on October 29, 2015 in Seoul in support of the Korea Peace Forum. To view the presentation, please click here.
Women's Empowerment through Entrepreneurship, Yangon, Myanmar (July 18, 2015)
The Myanmar Women's Entrepreneurship Association (MWEA) and Pacific Century Institute (PCI) of Los Angeles, California (led by PCI board member Desaix Anderson), convened a Forum on "Women' s Empowerment through Entrepreneurship." About 100 persons attended the day-long Forum, including approximately thirty senior students from the University of Economics and Business, the University of Foreign Languages, and the University of Technical Studies, NGO' s, businesspersons, and government representatives. To view the detailed report of this event, please click here.
PCI in Seoul 25th Anniversary Dinner (May 19, 2015)
PCI celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the Millennium Seoul Hilton in South Korea on May 19, 2015. More than 340 guests attended the event. PCI Board Member and former US Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens was the master of ceremonies, PCI Board Member and former Korea Ambassador to Finland and Russia In-ho Lee gave significant welcoming remarks. PCI Chairman and former US Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg introduced the keynote speaker former German Defense Minister Volker Ruhe. Minister Ruhe spoke powerfully of lessons for Koreans to learn from the reunification of Germany 25 years ago. For more info, please click here. For any questions, please contact Judy Choi at Judy.Choi@pacificcenturyinst.org
To watch Chairman Donald Gregg's interview with JTBC on May 19, 2015, please click here.