Building Bridges Award
The Pacific Century Institute’s 2019 Annual Award Dinner was held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles, CA nestled inside Wilshire Grand Center. Dr. Peter Hayes, Director of the Nautilus Institute was honored with PCI's Individual Building Bridges Award and the Pacific Forum, the nonprofit, private, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii, was given the Institutional Building Bridges Award.

The Pacific Century Institute established the Building Bridges Award in 2000 to honor people who have enhanced relations between Americans and Asians and who exemplify PCI's commitment to building bridges to a better future.

Every year, academics, policy makers, journalists and interested individuals come together at an annual dinner to give out this prestigious award and to celebrate the dedication and the accomplishments of the recipient.

For information about the award and the annual dinner, including opportunities for providing sponsorship support please contact us.

Vietnam Program
Pacific Century Institute supports UC Davis Health Department’s project, Advancing services and supports for family caregivers of persons with dementia in Vietnam. Under Dr. Hinton’s leadership, the team made excellent progress in developing and testing (in a small case series) a culturally tailored program (REACH-Vietnam) to support family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease in Vietnam, to engage policy leaders in Vietnam to lay the groundwork for broader dissemination and implementation of the model that is developed from this project, and to forge collaborations with other groups locally, nationally and internationally to advance this work. Two major activities will be conducted and will be critical for the longer-term success of the project –testing the model in a larger group of family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and then holding a national meeting (November of 2018) to disseminate the results of project and to build momentum for next steps. Some of the major activities conducted are:

1. Training collaborators and staff at the National Geriatric Hospital in Vietnam
2. Pilot test the intervention in a small case series (n=6)
3. Engaging key policy makers to increase the impact of our work

Dr. Hinton has made several trips to Vietnam in 2018 to provide technical assistance and support to the team in Vietnam. With the support of the Vice Minister of Health, the team is also developing collaborations with an Australian group, led by a Vietnamese pharmacist researcher, to support the development of a national plan to address the challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease in Vietnam. With our collaborators, the team is planning a major event in November in Hanoi to bring together high-level policy makers, government officials, and other stakeholders to discuss the development of the national plan and to disseminate results of our eldercare project.

Korea-U.S. Journalist Exchange Program
The Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, launched by the East-West Center in 2005, is co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Korea Press Foundation and Pacific Century Institute to increase public understanding of the two countries and their relationship. The bilingual program offers opportunities for six to eight Korean journalists to visit the United States and for six to eight United States journalists to visit Korea. Following these study tours, all Korean and American participants meet at the East-West Center in Honolulu to share their experiences and new perspectives and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of each country can be improved. A total of nearly 160 journalists, including North Korean defector media, have participated in this program, and Americans have traveled inside North Korea on two different programs.

William J. Perry Lecture Series
Collaborating with Yonsei University’s Institute for North Korean Studies, Pacific Century Institute hosts its annual at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. It brings outstanding individuals who are professionals in academia, business or other endeavors who have answered their country’s call to government service and then returned to their chosen professions. They share their experiences in government and provide insights on what can be done to promote peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula. Past lecturers include, Dr. William J. Perry, Dr. Robert Gallucci, and Dr. Siegfried Hecker.

James Laney professorship at Yonsei University
Since fall semester of 2013, Pacific Century Institute has been sponsoring the James Laney Chair Professorship at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College. Yonsei University has been recruiting Korean and foreign distinguished figures, career diplomats, professors and others as chair professors. The tenure is one year for chair professors, who has been holding open lectures or seminars on one or two subjects.