POMONA, Calif. – May 17, 2007 — East West Bank and Western University of

Health Sciences on Thursday said they have entered into an agreement to

make the Western University campus the permanent site of the bank’s

annual health fair kick-off.

“”We are very grateful for Western University of Health Sciences’

participation in this meaningful community event,”” said Emily Wang,

senior vice president and marketing director of East West Bank,

headquartered in Pasadena. “”The university has proven to be a tremendous

resource for us and has enabled East West Bank to extend our services to

more communities.””

Western University experts demonstrated the many services it offers to

the community during a news conference May 15 with East West Bank

announcing the bank’s kick-off of its upcoming June 2007 community health

fairs. Guests were provided free glucose screenings, an informative

panel presentation on nutrition and free health screenings for their pets

by the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“”We at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Western University as a

whole are pleased to join our partners, East West Bank, in providing pet

micro-chipping at the bank’s mini health fairs,”” said Shirley Johnston,

founding dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western

University.

“”Pets enhance the quality of our lives in many ways, and we embrace the

opportunity to protect them from losing their way,”” Johnston said. “”We

also look forward to providing your clients with services from our other

programs including medical screenings and pharmaceutical counseling as a

comprehensive approach to wellness.””

This is the 10th year East West Bank has held the health fair and the

first year Western University of Health Sciences has participated in the

event.

Other health fair sponsors include United Healthcare (formerly

PacifiCare), Physicians’ Healthways, American Bio-Clinical Laboratories,

Walong Marketing, Golden Vision, World Journal, Sing Tao Daily, Chinese

L.A. Daily News, Taiwan Daily, World Journal, Zhong Guo Daily News, and

EDI Media Inc.

About Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences, headquartered in Pomona, Calif.,

is an independent nonprofit graduate university for the health

professions, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior

Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and

Colleges (WASC). With more than 2,200 diverse students studying towards

advanced degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutical

sciences, graduate nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant

studies, health professions education and veterinary medicine, WesternU

is one of the largest and most comprehensive graduate schools for the

health professions in California.

About East West

East West Bancorp is a publicly owned company, with US$10.7 billion in

assets, whose stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under

the symbol “”EWBC””. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, East West Bank,

is the second largest full service commercial bank headquartered in Los

Angeles. East West Bank serves the community with 59 branch locations

across Southern and Northern California and a branch location in Houston,

Texas. Abroad locations include a full-service branch in Hong Kong and a

Representative Office in Beijing, China. East West Bank’s media

spokesperson, Michelle Kwan is a two-time Olympic medalist as well as the

winner of nine U.S. and five world championship titles. Michelle is also

the first American Public Diplomacy Envoy, an appointment by the U.S.

State Department. For more information on East West Bank, please call 1-

888-468-6392 or visit www.eastwestbank.com.