December 6th, 2016

The 10th Asian Alumni Festival

October 7–8, 2016, Seoul, Korea

It was the largest-ever alumni gathering outside the U.S. On October 7 and 8, 250 Boston University alumni and friends from 12 Asian countries gathered in Seoul, Korea, to meet, renew friendships and connections, and reaffirm their mutual interests in BU. Thanks to the planning of the BU Alumni Association of Korea, led this year by Young-Chun Cho (Questrom’80,’86), the event was a celebration of ten years of active collaboration among University alumni in Asia—those located the farthest in the world from the BU campus. The festival is held every other year, alternating with the Asian Business Forum.

Guests at the festival included BU President Robert A. Brown and members of BU’s International Advisory Board and the Questrom Dean’s Asia Advisory Board. They joined alumni at a gala dinner for 150 people at Top Cloud, a well-known restaurant overlooking the city of Seoul from 32 stories high.

The centerpiece of the event was the daylong festival held on man-made Gavit Island in the Han River. It featured two videos, one of which, “What Does BU Means to You?,” was produced by volunteer alumni in Seoul and featured Korean alumni speaking about the impact that BU continues to have on their lives, friendships, and work. The second video, “A Tribute to Korean Alumni,” detailed the University’s apprecia-tion for Korean alumni, who comprise BU’s most active alumni group in the world. Also celebrated was the news that 64 members of the BU Alumni Association of Korea have joined together to make a gift to support the transformation of the BU Castle into the BU Alumni Center; the restored gallery of the Center will be named in the group’s honor.

BU extended special thanks to Cho and to members of his festival planning team: Jed Barron (Questrom’96), Sang Gi Byeon (CAS’01), Jisung Chun (Questrom’06), Jung Woo Park (SHA’15), and Sungho Yoo (Questrom’99).

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From left: Jae Ho Kim (Questrom’88), Young-Chun Cho (Questrom ’80,’86), and Young-Jae Han (Questrom’79) of the BU Alumni Association of Korea.

From left: Jae Ho Kim (Questrom’88), Young-Chun Cho (Questrom ’80,’86), and Young-Jae Han (Questrom’79) of the BU Alumni Association of Korea.

From left: Paul Oen (Questrom’97), of Hong Kong; and Lisa Lim  (Questrom’11), her sister Tatiana Lim (Questrom’15), and Brian Chuang (Questrom’04), of Taiwan, at the welcome dinner at Top Cloud Restaurant.

Paul Oen (Questrom’97), of Hong Kong; and Lisa Lim (Questrom’11), her sister Tatiana Lim (Questrom’15), and Brian Chuang (Questrom’04), of Taiwan, at the welcome dinner at Top Cloud Restaurant.

Young-Chun Cho (Questrom’80,’86), who led the festival planning committee, offered a toast at the welcome dinner.

Young-Chun Cho (Questrom’80,’86), who led the festival planning committee, offered a toast at the welcome dinner.

Phonpimol Pathomsak (Questrom’96), of Thailand, talks with fellow alumni.

Phonpimol Pathomsak (Questrom’96), of Thailand, talks with fellow alumni.

From left: Lincoln Chan (CAS’94), of Hong Kong, a BU Alumni Council member, and Visid Chirakulavivadhana (Questrom’78), of Thailand

From left: Lincoln Chan (CAS’94), of Hong Kong, a BU Alumni Council member, and Visid Chirakulavivadhana (Questrom’78), of Thailand.

Henry Woo (CAS’99), of the Philippines, Haidong Pan (ENG’04), of China, Maria Lee (Questrom’98), of Singapore, and her husband, Arthur Phan, at the welcome dinner.

From left: Henry Woo (CAS’99), of the Philippines, Haidong Pan (ENG’04), of China, Maria Lee (Questrom’98), of Singapore, and her husband, Arthur Phan, at welcome dinner.

Didit Ratam (Questrom’00), of Indonesia, and Boonchai Limsuksrikul (MET’94), of Thailand.

Didit Ratam (Questrom’00), of Indonesia, and Boonchai Limsuksrikul (MET’94), of Thailand.

From left: Robert Knox (CAS’74, Questrom’75), Kenneth Feld  (Questrom’70), President Brown, and Steve Hall (Vice President for Alumni Relations) at Gavit Island.

From left: Robert Knox (CAS’74, Questrom’75), Kenneth Feld (Questrom’70), President Brown, and Steve Hall (Vice President for Alumni Relations) at Gavit Island.

BU Trustee SungEun Han-Andersen (CFA’85) introduced President Brown during the festival.

BU Trustee SungEun Han-Andersen (CFA’85) introduced President Brown during the festival.

Ann Hsiao (COM’92, SPH’97) and her husband, Jack Hsiao (CAS’92), of Taiwan, at the welcome dinner.

Ann Hsiao (COM’92, SPH’97) and her husband, Jack Hsiao (CAS’92), of Taiwan, at the welcome dinner.

Vanessa Lee and her daughter Amelia Pong, with Michael T.H. Lee (Questrom‘86), from Hong Kong, with President Brown and  Beverly A. Brown during the festival reception at Gavit Island.

Vanessa Lee and her daughter Amelia Pong, with Michael T.H. Lee (Questrom‘86), from Hong Kong, with President Brown and Beverly A. Brown during the festival reception at Gavit Island.

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