Category: Asia

Jec Dan Borlado

There are many peacemaking musicians who haven’t gained fame and fortune as entertainers but who have poured the passions into song.  Their music is often the heartbeat of grassroots movements for justice, peace, and human rights.  One such activist musician is Jec Dan Borlado from the Philippines, and one of our Peace Warriors. In 2012… Read more »

Arn Chorn-Pond

Arn Chorn-Pond survived the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in part through music.  Now he uses music as a means of peacemaking and trauma healing, both personally and for his country. Raised in a family centered in Cambodian opera, when the Khmer Rouge came to power he was taken away from… Read more »

Mai Khoi

Vietnamese folk singer Mai Khoi was arrested in March 2018 after returning from a tour in Europe (click here for the BBC report on her arrest).  She has a pop song about Vietnamese girls and her love for Vietnam, but has turned into a searing critic of repression of freedom of speech.  With her new… Read more »

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 »