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YOU CAN'T KEEP A GUTSY GROUP DOWN The International Pearl Association, virtually written off as an industry dead duck after its first conference last year, is alive and definitely expanding. It has chosen new officers to replace those who summarily resigned in a contentious mood last year. And it has not only scheduled a second conference and show in Hawaii in May, but is planning another in Taipei in September. One reason for the upheavals after IPA's May 1994 conference was the criticism by two top officers, both of whom resigned, that the organization wasn't "truly global in its makeup and programs." This appeared to be a polite way of saying that IPA failed to attract the support of Japanese pearl producers. The feeling was that without the Japanese, no pearl conference had standing. The thought was underlined when a who's who of world pearl personalities turned out for the Jap
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