Peace and Disarmament

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From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit Exhibition Shown at 30 Venues in Taiwan

Visitors of the exhibition at TSA Cianjhen Culture Center in Kaohsiung

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In commemoration, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held an exhibition, entitled "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit," from May 12-25, 2008, at over 30 venues throughout the country.

The SGI-created exhibition, part of a series of TSA activities entitled "Soka Youth Fight for Peace," has already been shown in the U.S.A., New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal and at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. By examining the threat of nuclear weapons from the perspective of human security, the exhibition makes a convincing call for the establishment of a global culture of peace through a transformation of the human spirit.

Several thousand student guides, comprising TSA members and friends, staffed the Taiwan shows. To prepare for their assignment, volunteers attended a one-day training course to not only familiarize themselves with the exhibition but to learn about nuclear weapons, global warming and other issues confronting the world today. In addition to serving as exhibit guides, many TSA student members initiated dialogues at their respective university campuses as well as inviting their professors and fellow students to the exhibition.

Yilan County Head Commissioner Lu Guo-Hwa (2nd from the left) viewing the exhibition at the Yilan County Culture Center

A total of some 80,000 people, including teachers, students, university presidents, government officials and other members of the public, visited the shows which ran for two weeks at venues including National Chengchi University (NCCU) on May 13-17 and the Yilan County Culture Center on May 13-24. At each locale, visitors were given the opportunity to pen their thoughts and determinations to work for peace in a "Declaration of Peace" book or on message cards available for collecting viewers' impressions and opinions.

NCCU Rector Wu Se-Hwa commented that "SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and the SGI stand as role models for the promotion of world peace and the happiness of all humanity." Yilan County Head Commissioner Lu Guo-Hwa thanked TSA for their continued efforts to promote peace, culture and education. He added that culture and education are key factors in the transformation of the human spirit. Mr. Lu wrote in the "Declaration of Peace" book that "Peace is the only way for sustainable development and humankind's continued existence."

[Adapted from articles in the May 20 and 30, 2008 issues of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]