Zoom Session with Dr. Park


Amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors participated in a special zoom session with Dr. Edward Park, professor and chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at LMU yesterday on the development of the Korean American politics since the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
2020 PCI Awards Dinner


The Pacific Century Institute’s Annual Awards dinner took place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Los Angeles. PCI President Ambassador Raymond Burghardt served as the master of ceremonies and the welcoming remarks delivered by PCI Chair Ambassador Kathleen Stephens.

PCI honored Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker as this year’s Individual Building Bridges awardee and the Asia Foundation (AFT) for Institutional Building Bridges award, represented by President & CEO David D. Arnold. The two recipients participated in a panel discussion led by PCI vice president Tom Plate which was well received by the attendees.
2019 William J. Perry Lecture Series


"The 4th annual William J. Perry Lecture Series" was held at Yonsei University’s Millennium Hall on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Seoul, S. Korea. With ‘Opening Remarks’ by Professor Sohn Jie-Ae of Ewha Womans University, ‘Welcoming Remarks’ by Yonsei University President, Dr. Kim, Yong-Hak, and ‘Introductory Remarks’ by Professor John Delury of Yonsei University, this year’s lecturer, Robert L. Carlin, visiting scholar at Stanford University, gave a lecture entitled, “Bad Decisions, Bad Consequences: The Rocky Road of Dealing with the DPRK” to a large group of guests and students. Throughout the one hour long lecture, Mr. Carlin highlighted some of the differences and similarities of the current situation that we face now with the DPRK and back during the 1998 negotiations. A General Discussion was led by Professor Sohn, Jie-Ae following the lecture.
Project Bridge Study Tour (April 18-28, 2019)


After series of bi-monthly workshops, Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors embarked on a journey to experience firsthand, a country they had been studying. The study tour to South Korea took place from April 18 – 28, 2019. During the study tour, students visited several high schools, historical sites including Andong Folk Village, Bulguksa & Seokguram; visiting major economic powers i.e. Hyundai Heavy Industries and POSCO, participating in several roundtable Q & A sessions with journalists at JoongAng Ilbo and government officials, attended a show production, Jump, learned how to drum the jang-gu at Busan National Gugak Center, meditating and completing 108 bows at Naesosa Buddhist temple during the overnight stay, and truly and gracefully immersed in a culture foreign to them.
PCI 2019 Annual Award Dinner (Feb 28, 2019)


The Pacific Century Institute had its successful 2019 Annual Award Dinner took place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles, CA nestled inside Wilshire Grand Center. With more than 220 distinguished guests, friends, supporters and members of PCI, PCI honored both Dr. Peter Hayes, Director of the Nautilus Institute and the Pacific Forum represented by its President Emeritus, Ralph A. Cossa.

The event commenced with PCI Chair Ambassador Kathleen Stephen’s welcoming remarks where she emphasized that PCI will continue to “do our part to contribute to building lasting bridges of cooperation and understanding in a time of uncertainty and opportunity”.

Mr. Cossa, who is the president emeritus of Pacific Forum, the nonprofit, private, foreign policy research institute, accepted the Institutional Building Bridges award on behalf of Pacific Forum. The title of his address was, “Finding a Better Way” which is the mission statement of the forum’s founder, Admiral Joe Vasey, based on his World War II experiences.

PCI honored Dr. Hayes with the Individual Building Bridges award for his efforts and exemplifying PCI’s vision of building bridges of understanding. His address entitled, "Ideational power in a realist world: pan-Pacific bridge building by non-state actors" was well received by the attendees.

For more info, please contact Angie Pak at pci@PacificCenturyInst.org.
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University – “Future of the Korean Peninsula” Workshop (Nov 9, 2018)


Fifteen students from Syracuse University attended a special workshop, “Future of the Korean Peninsula” on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters located in New York, New York. Under the guidance of PCI senior fellow and professor at Syracuse University, Frederick Carriere, the students were warmly welcomed by Central Mennonite Committee representative and participated in multiple sessions with various speakers followed by dinner and discussion hosted by Ambassador Park Hyo-sung, Republic of Korea Consul General in New York.

Session I: Yeri Im, Senior Program Assistant, World Vision Korea
Session II: Amb. Ham Sang-wook, Deputy Permanent Representative, ROK Mission to the UN
Session III: David Y. Lee, Political Adviser for North Korea, U.S. Mission to the UN
Dinner/Discussion hosted by Amb. Park Hyo-sung, ROK Consul General

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William J. Perry Lecture Series (Sep 27, 2018)
The 3rd Annual 'William J. Perry Lecture Series' at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea took place on Thursday, September 27, 2018. This year’s guest lecturer, Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker is a former director at Los Alamos National Laboratory, professor emeritus in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. His internationally recognized expertise in plutonium science, global threat reaction, and nuclear security attracted a large crowd, filling up the auditorium with students, professors, and the media. Dr. Hecker spoke on: "North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: A Treasured Sword or An Unnecessary Burden?"

Dr. Hecker concluded his lecture with an emphasis on 'Phased approach to denuclearization and normalization' and the importance of cooperative measures to achieve verification.
2018 East-West Center International Media Conference in Singapore
The Pacific Century Institute supported a timely and intellectually stimulating conference held in Singapore June 24 - 27 titled “What is New Now/” The international media gathering, organized by the East-West Center and held at the Law School of Singapore Management University, was attended by 350 Asian, Pacific Island and American journalists, media professionals and experts on a range of regional and global issues.Like the five previous biannual East-West Center media conferences, this one made an in- depth examination of current issues in the Asia-Pacific region as well as challenges and trends faced by the media industry in the digital age. In addition to the EWC and PCI, key supporters were the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Doris Duke Foundation, Facebook, Google and Straits Times. PCI President, Ambassador Raymond Burghardt co-hosted the welcoming reception held at the National Gallery Singapore. Coming only ten days after the historic Trump - Kim summit in the same city, the conference provided a good opportunity to inform attendees about PCI’s long history of encouraging US - DPRK engagement.

The conference received excellent coverage in the Singapore press, some of which was picked up by international news outlets. The hundreds of journalists who attended also filed reports on conference sessions of interest to their audiences. Like all East-West Center conferences this one was a valuable networking opportunity among a talented and influential group of people as well as an opportunity to increase understanding of some important subjects.

In recent months, the Trump administration has emphasized broadening the scope of US foreign policy toward Asia into what it terms an “Indo Pacific” approach. In this media conference conversation, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Walter Douglas discusses the policy shift in conversation with moderator Ambassador Burghardt.
Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors Panel Discussion (June 21, 2018)
Panelists include: Tracy Luong (2005-2006; Group Leader: 2016)
Kevin Tang (2010-2011)
Katie Xing (2014-2015)
Litzy Santoyo (2017-2018)

PCI's Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors participated in Panel Discussion at the recent Peace Corps Korea Reunion in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Four panelists, featuring past and current Youth Ambassadors, talked about how the program experience and their role as Youth Ambassadors have influenced their lives, studies and career interests - and opportunities they now have to pay it forward.

2017-2018 Project Bridge Graduation (June 2, 2018)
Project Bridge culminated in a ten-day study tour of Korea, where Youth Ambassadors explored Korea’s cultural, political and economic centers, accompanied by four group leaders and three program coordinators. The purpose of the study tour was to enable students to see Korea and meet Koreans in their own societal context. The tour enhanced intercultural objectives of the program as a whole. Furthermore, by bringing two groups of participants from disparate areas of the U.S. together during the tour, Project Bridge extended the exploration of the meaning of diversity—both within America and with a nation different from their own.

Upon returning from the study tour, each student wrote final program reflection, evaluating on their own team-building efforts in the past seven months and their personal growth as an intercultural leader. On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Los Angeles based Youth Ambassadors shared and presented their experiences and expert topics in front of families, friends and PCI board members.

The presentation topics included: Social Classes in Pre Modern Korea; Music and Dance; Religions; Gender Roles in Korean Society; Korean War & the DMZ; Government and Politics; Economic Development; and Education in Korea.


2017-2018 Los Angeles Youth Ambassadors

Adrianna Rodas Kimi Vo
Gabrielino High School Gabrielino High School
Andrea Gonzalez Litzy Santoyo
Lynwood High School Lynwood High School
Cora Wu Meo Andrei Cantiller
La Cañada High School Ambassador Global Leadership HS
Isabella Lau Thomas Chung
Gabrielino High School Gabrielino High School
2018 PCI Annual Award Dinner (February 22, 2018)


The Pacific Century Institute established the Building Bridges Award in 2000 to each year honor an individual and an institution that have enhanced relations between the peoples of the Pacific Rim, 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. pci@pacificcenturyinst.org.