Research ‘Round the World

Such a lapse between posts…!

meDr Anne here. EWP staff concurs: Best to write this blog in my own voice, as my travels and intercultural research continue to take me across the globe.

Currently spending a month on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, where I previously spent 5 years in in-depth cultural study of this Island of Women — and, Island of Peace. Next week I’ll participate in UCLG‘s 2nd Culture Summit, the aim of which is to promote Agenda 21 in which culture – both heritage and creativity – serves as a means to the sustainable development of communities. My presentation, in a session on Gender and Cultural Policies: “The Culture of Women, and Women in Culture.” And at the end of this month, I’ll participate in the 12th annual Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity.


BPW Int’l Leaders Summit in New York.

With BPW colleagues in Milan.

Since EWP‘s previous post, I’ve been moving about the globe almost continuously for field research and engagement with colleagues. In Summer 2016, I spent a month each in Iceland and Ireland, with shorter stays in UK and France; Winter 2016-7 included a month’s stay each in Italy and Greece, with shorter periods in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sicily, Malta, Turkey, and Cyprus. In March I attended BPW International‘s annual Leaders Summit in New York, held in conjunction with the UN’s 61st annual Commission on the Status of Women. And this Spring, I’ve been adding to my long-term studies of Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea.


On 08 June, after a brief return to Hong Kong for meetings with EWP staff and with BPW Hong Kongof which I am founding president, I’ll launch my next set of travels: US, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia, before returning to East Asia … a marathon of 5 continents in 3 months! Meeting with colleagues in each location for events and networking, I’ll also continue my field research for the enhancement of EWP‘s signature Intercultural Trainings, offered around the world.

BPW Bangkok colleagues.


Soon I’ll begin a new series of postings here, on the world’s cultures which I continue to study — 44 thus far! — in which I’ll share my observations and insights. I hope that this outcome of my research may prove useful, in our shared quest for intercultural understanding as a means to global peace.


FYI … I’ve detailed travel itineraries planned through 2020, crisscrossing the globe. In the spirit of the breadth-depth-praxis practitioner research model I learned long ago in my doctoral studies, I continue to conduct field research in order to enhance both my breadth and depth of knowledge regarding the world’s cultures — with practical outcomes. Global travel for research provides breadth, complemented by my in-depth East Asia studies in South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, and my new series of in-depth studies in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.

As for practical applications: EWP will continue to provide our Intercultural Trainings around the world, with an eye toward launching online trainings and webinars by 2020 or perhaps sooner, along with the aforementioned upcoming article series on the world’s cultures. And, of course: organization of international conferences and events, and one-to-one online sessions with me for counseling, mentoring, consultation or tutoring, are always available!

For Peace and Understanding …

~Dr Anne

Our Summer Travels

Dr Anne is moving about the globe this summer: to represent the work of EWP, meet with colleagues, conduct more cultural study, and deliver our new intercultural events.


In June, Dr Anne was in New York and Boston. In her hometown of New York, she met with BPW colleagues for a discussion on current US sociopolitical issues as they relate to the empowerment of women. She also visited the UN, to enhance her insight into geopolitical affairs. In Boston, she had the unexpected privilege of witnessing immigrants taking the oath of citizenship!


Now, Dr Anne has traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, where she will spend the month of July.

She is especially eager to learn more about the country’s strong women’s culture, and will deliver at least one of EWP’s signature events there.

Details to come!



One More Testimonial

We’re delighted to receive yet another testimonial for the work of EastWest Psyche and our director, Dr Anne — this time, from the publisher of US-based Korean Quarterly, Stephen Wunrow:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Anne Hilty has been a contributing writer for Korea Quarterly for well over ten years…. and has covered everything from investigative journalism to travel pieces to in-depth reporting on cultural issues and history – all in a lively, interesting and informative way.  She is also a very good photographer as a bonus!  (thanks for your great work Anne)”

You can download our full list of testimonials HERE.

We are always glad to receive supportive messages from our colleagues, clients, and friends around the world!

Another Testimonial

We’ve received yet another testimonial for our director, Dr Anne, this time from a senior producer of Fresh One Productions, the Jamie Oliver food network who recently filmed on Jeju Island and was supported by Dr Anne:

Katie millard“Anne Hilty was a fantastic support to the Fresh One Productions team in the recent filming of a series featuring the Haenyeo (Diving ladies of Jeju). Anne has a wealth of knowledge and contacts, and we would recommend her expertise to anyone wishing to learn more about the fascinating island. We very much enjoyed working with her.” –Katie Millard, Senior Producer, Fresh One Productions

See our other testimonials in rotation at the bottom of our homepage! Or, you can read the full current list HERE.

New Testimonials for EWP

EWP is fortunate to have quite a few testimonials from happy clients, which can be seen featured two at a time in rotation at the bottom of our homepage.

We’ve very recently received 3 new tributes that we’d like to share:

LOM - Yann 2“Anne has been assisting LOM in the establishment of several attractions on Jeju Island, Korea, by providing relevant introductions and cultural information as well as proofreading of materials. Her support to LOM has been invaluable!” –Yann Tranlong, CEO, Loftus Overseas Management [LOM] (Global; HQ: Hong Kong)


Lisa See author photo“Dr. Anne Hilty was invaluable as I planned a trip to Jeju Island to research a novel based on the haenyeo–the island’s culturally-important, yet vanishing, diving women. She answered pages of questions about the history and culture of the haenyeo and also helped to arrange many of the logistic aspects of my trip.  Once on Jeju, she personally introduced me to shamans, government officials, and scholars.  She took me to historic sites and arranged high-quality translators.  She seems to know everyone and generously shared her knowledge and expertise. I will be forever grateful for her help.” —Lisa See, novelist (USA)


Jeju logo-sm“Dr. Hilty has been an Honorary Ambassador for Jeju Island since 2014. She is dedicated to the promotion and support of Jeju, with a special focus on the diving women called haenyeo. Jeju is very appreciative of Dr. Hilty’s efforts!” –Dongwoo Kang, Director, Peace and Cooperation Division, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province


You can download our full list of testimonials HERE.

We are grateful to these and indeed all of our clients, who put their faith and trust in us. Our goal is your satisfaction!