The East-West Dialogue lecture series was endowed in 2013 with a million-dollar gift from longtime ACC supporters Shoji and Tsuneko Sadao. This series engages thought leaders from arts and cultural fields in Asia and the West. It was conceived as a public platform for ACC to advance the values of cultural exchange through dynamic discussion and probing inquiry.
2021: East West Fest
ACC's East West Fest is a celebration of storytelling through the arts, culminating in an East-West Dialogue with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (ACC 2010) and multimedia artist Tiffany Chung (ACC 2015).
2019: Kengo Kuma
Architect Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985) shared his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach to creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.
Japan Society, New York City
2018: Fumihiko Maki and Peter Grilli
Architect Fumihiko Maki (ACC 1976) and American film producer, writer, and Japan Society of Boston President Emeritus Peter Grilli shared their perspectives on international cultural exchange, based on each of their 50 plus years of living in, working in, and bridging Japan and the U.S.
International House of Japan, Tokyo
2017: Peter Sellars
In "Making the Case for Cultural Exchange," theater director Peter Sellars addressed how international cultural interaction has become essential to a shared future – enlarging the national experience, generating knowledge of world conditions, and stimulating artistic work for the new century.
New York University
2016: Pico Iyer and Ian Buruma
Writers, scholars, and thought leaders Ian Buruma and Pico Iyer launched our inaugural East-West Dialogue with an engaging discussion on how their prolific careers have inspired new thinking on culture and community throughout the world.
Morgan Library and Museum, New York City