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Video Report: Music for Peace - Ma Chun-Jen, Jun 25, 2018

Music for Peace: Ma Chun-Jen from Peace Boat on Vimeo.

Ma Chun-Jen first travelled to Iraq in 1996 to report on the Iraqi-Kurdish Civi War. The trip deepened his understanding of the need to bring an end to violent conflict, and he returned to his home of Taiwan determined to work to make the world a more peaceful place. He continued to report on conflicts and disasters, began to make documentaries, and in 2002, joined Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwan-based international humanitarian NGO. After spending so many years on political work, he discovered he preferred to use music and art to educate people about the regions he'd travelled to, and help humanize those who suffer there. Mr. Ma gave several talks and music workshops on Peace Boat's 98th Global Voyage, which was his first time on Peace Boat. He admires Peace Boat's mission and the anti-war vision of the founders who started the project in 1983, and hopes to see onboard activities take a harder political edge in the future. "Each voyage will definitely pass some countries still suffering from war or other disasters," he says. "The organizers could put more time into bringing in guest educators from those areas, and let them have more time for speeches." Heavy political topics can be more stressful for people to focus on, but Mr. Ma believes doing so in an important part of working towards a more peaceful world.