Category: Asia

Saboi Jum (d. 2017)

Saboi Jum was a Kachin Baptist leader from the north of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. He was an ordained minister, serving from 1990 to 2000 as the General Secretary of the Kachin Baptist Convention, one of the larger ethnic groups within the Burma Baptist Convention (later Myanmar Baptist Convnetion). Most of the Kachins in… Read more »

Masao Ohki (1901-1971)

Japanese composer Masao Ohki was profoundly moved by The Hiroshima Panels painted by Iri and Toshi Maruki (See the article about the Marukis in our Peace Art Festival).  Inspired by their first six panels which had been completed by 1953 he composed his Fifth Symphony.  The six movements of the symphony follow the themes of the six… Read more »

Ira Maruki (1901-1995) and Toshi Maruki (1912-2000)

The Maruki Gallery is a small art gallery outside of Tokyo. Iri and Toshi Maruki were a married couple, both artists. The grounds of the gallery include both their home and an exhibition of their work. The major exhibit is a collection of fifteen wall-sized paintings on folding screens of the experiences of those in… Read more »

SHIRIN EBADI

“How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.” During the ceremony to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Shirin Ebadi did a simple thing… Read more »

TERESITA “GING” QUINTOS-DELES

“It was the task of the citizens’ peace movement to pick up the pieces and continue and steer the peace process.” As I worked with Asian-Pacific leaders to plan a conference on conflict resolution, Filipino members of our planning team insisted that we call on “Ging,” the popular nickname for Teresita Quintos-Deles.  We invited her… Read more »