Fall 2009

Briefly Noted: Program Highlights

L.Z. Yuan Fellow in Media and International Relations

The late Lun-Zun Yuan, a long-time Senior Advisor for The Asia Foundation’s China Program, was born in Shanghai in 1909, became a reporter at the Shanghai Evening Post, wrote for BBC radio during the 1930s, and in 1949 he became a founding editor of the Hong Kong Standard. The L.Z. Yuan Fellowship was established in his honor in 1999 to help young Chinese journalists gain a broader understanding of international affairs, with the hope of leading to closer U.S.-China relations. Ms. Yu Yihan, recipient of the L.Z. Yuan Fellowship, is editor of International News at the Shanghai Oriental Post, one of the largest daily newspapers in Shanghai. The fellowship’s two-month program focused on economic recovery and included an intensive course on U.S. foreign policy, a Washington Post internship, where she observed how a major newspaper built up its web section and dealt with the challenges of a diminished staff, and an observation tour of New York City, Des Moines, Houston, and San Francisco.

Pakistan: A Nation in Turmoil

Asia Foundation Pakistan and Afghanistan expert Jon Summers addressed the World Affairs Council in San Francisco in July, uncovering lesser-known aspects of Pakistan’s complex story: its dynamic, rising middle class; educated elite; vibrant civil society; and hardworking workforce determined to reach their economic potential. According to Summers, while the nation suffers from dire short- and long-term challenges – including ongoing terrorist threats and attacks, an estimated 3 million displaced people now living in temporary camps, and sobering statistics on poverty, illness, and illiteracy – there is far more to the story. For more on Pakistan’s economic development, read “Drivers of Change” at https://asiafoundation.org/publications/pdf/445, a study supported by The Asia Foundation that examines the causes of Pakistan’s ongoing development challenges, as well as potential solutions to address their root causes.

Asia Foundation Announces New Matching Grant

This month, The Asia Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Sheridan-Urbanski Family announced a new fundraising effort that will support critical improvements in girls’ schools in Afghanistan. The effort consists of raising $80,000 that will be matched one-to-one by generous donations from The National Geographic Society and the Sheridan-Urbanski Family to reach a goal of $160,000. These funds will pay for much-needed reconstruction and repairs at girls’ schools, both to meet the needs of current students and to prepare for classroom expansion that will enable more girls to enroll. Past support from the National Geographic Society has enabled the Foundation to foster healthy learning environments such as rebuilding the Rabia-e Balkhi Girls School in Kabul. The Foundation is pleased to have the Sheridan-Urbanski Family as a new partner in our ongoing efforts to improve girls’ education in Afghanistan. To learn more, visit www.asiafoundation.org.

Give2Asia Responds to Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan

Taiwan suffered its deadliest storm in half a century as Typhoon Morakot lashed the island for days in early August, killing at least 400 people and creating thousands of evacuees. Give2Asia, The Asia Foundation’s philanthropic affiliate, is working with its network on the ground in Taiwan to address the needs of those affected by the recent storms. Give2Asia promotes the work of local groups, which will be providing immediate assistance and helping with long-term recovery for these communities. Learn more about Give2Asia’s response to Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan.

Asia Foundation’s Rebecca Darling Receives Environment Award

Mongolia’s Minister of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Minister Gansukh, awarded a medal to Rebecca Darling, director of the Foundation’s environment program, Securing our Future, for her outstanding leadership to promote responsible mining and land use practices that strengthen the conservation of Mongolia’s natural and water resources. Read more about our work in Mongolia.

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