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October 9, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

Ep. 165 “What is the Color of Peace?’

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) was recorded 9/16/13 and airs 9/27/13.     

This episode features interviews with a faculty and accompanying students from the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University, Japan, who were on Guam from September 8-17, 2013. The group was conducting field work related to the impacts of US militarism and the planned relocation of US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. The GSICS prepares students for careers in international fields. They believe that mutual understanding and respect for human rights is essential for peaceful global co-existence, and strive in their  education, research and community activities to further this goal. 

Program guest in the first half is peace activist and scholar Ronni Alexander ( who talks about her background, peace work, and interests in Japan and Micronesia.  Originally from California, she has lived in Japan for about  36 years. She is a graduate of Yale University and of International Christian University and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sophia University.  She is author ofPutting the Earth First: Alternatives to Nuclear Security in Pacific States, published in both English and Japanese.  This book is based on her doctoral research about the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement and Nuclear -Free Initiatives in Belau, Fiji and Aotearoa/New Zealand.  

Dr.  Alexander is also founder and creator of the Popoki Peace project [] established in 2006 which promotes critical thinking, imagination, expression and action for peace. This project attempts to create ‘oases of peace,’ non-violent, alternative spaces in which all participants are active partners in celebrating life and diversity, and creating positive peace. The title of today’s episode is inspired by the first book in the Popoki Peace book series, What Color is Peace?

We continue in the second half  with comments from the visiting GSICS students about previous experiences with ‘the fence’, reflections on their Guam visit, and visualizations of peace.  They are doctoral student Aastha Ranabhat, originally from Nepal,  and master’s  students --- Suzanka Hanibalova, originally from the Czech Republic;  Shogo Hirai, who grew up in Nagasaki; and Tetsuri ‘Tex’ Maeda from Osaka.  

Music selection: Begin(, a song about Okinawa used by the GSICS students in their presentation to the Social Justice class at the University of Guam on September 10.      

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