The Asian World Nonkilling Consortium (AWNC) calls for efforts from across the globe to shift the killing paradigm of states to a nonkilling paradigm of people. The initiative is housed under the Asian World Center and engages in research and publication on nonkilling politics and sciences. In this capacity, the Asian World Center along with the Hawaii-based Center for Global Nonkilling have co-published two books: the first, Nonkilling Security and the State, was released on May 29, 2013, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The second, Nonkilling Media, published in late 2013, was officially launched on March 4, 2014, at Creighton University.
The term ‘Nonkilling’ was introduced by Glenn D. Paige in Nonkilling Global Political Science (2002; 2009). As stated by the author, the concept refers to the absence of killing, threats to kill, and conditions conducive to killing in human society. Nonkilling encompasses the concepts of peace (absence of war and conditions conducive to war), nonviolence (psychological, physical, and structural), and ahimsa (noninjury in thought, word and deed).
Based in Honolulu and chaired by Glenn D. Paige, the Center for Global Nonkilling is an international non-profit organization focused on the promotion of change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world. The Center for Global Nonkilling is a member of the World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliance, is small, creative, and catalytic in partnership with individuals and institutions locally and worldwide. By combining and sharing the spirit, science, skills, arts, institutions and resources of all, the Center for Global Nonkilling contributes to new and renewed leadership for change towards a just, killing-free world in which everyone has the right not to be killed and the responsibility not to kill others.
On Tues. March 4, 2014, at the Mike & Josie Harper Center on the campus of Creighton University, Dr. Maorong Jiang, Director of the AWC and the Asia Regional Coordinator for the Center for Global Nonkilling, officially launched their jointly published book, Nonkilling Media. This is the second in a series of nonkilling books co-published by the Asian World Center and Center for Global Nonkilling. This presentation occurred before a lecture delivered by Dr. Beverly Keever, author of Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting and the writer of the foreword for Nonkilling Media.Nonkilling Media Book Launch by Asian World Center
Good afternoon. My name is Maorong Jiang and I am the director of the Asian World Center at Creighton. I would like to take this opportunity to officially announce the publication of Nonkilling Media, a joint publication of the Asian World Center and Center for Global Nonkilling. Last year, I went to Honolulu to join Dr. Glenn Paige, founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, and Mr. Joam Pim, director of the Center for Global Nonkilling, in launching our first joint publication Nonkiling Security and the State.
The concept of ‘nonkilling’, a term originally coined by Dr. Paige, refers to the absence of killing, threats to kill, and conditions conducive to killing in human society. This is a philosophy that we, as members of the Center for Global Nonkilling and the Asian World Nonkilling Consortium, hope to promote in all aspects of society through the publication of our books and the delivering of lectures.
Housed under the Asian World Center, the Asian World Nonkilling Consortium is an initiative that calls for efforts towards shifting the killing paradigm of states to a nonkilling paradigm of people, in particular by advocating a campaign for promoting these principles at schools across the world by creating ‘nonkilling campuses’.
I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincere thanks to Professor Glenn Paige and Director Joam Pim not only for their efforts with this book, but also for their commitment to creating a nonviolent world.
Let me also express my gratitude to our distinguished speaker, Dr. Beverly Keever, for taking the time to join us today for this book launch. Dr. Keever was a wartime correspondent in Vietnam who has helped us in producing this book by writing the foreword.
Along with our first book Nonkilling Security and the State, this book is available free online to download [below]. We make them available online to inspire wide readership and promote the principle of nonkilling. The books are also available for purchase in print format. Thank you."
Dr. Maorong Jiang
Director, Asian World Center
The Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK) in Honolulu and Creighton University's Asian World Center are co-publishers of the Center's latest book Nonkilling Security and the State. The book includes a selection of 16 chapters prepared mostly by members of the CGNK Security and International Relations Research and Political Science Research committees. Edited by CGNK director Joám Evans Pim, the book includes a foreword by Stephen M. Younger, Ph.D., former head of nuclear weapons research and development, and an introduction by Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Ph.D., director of the Thai Peace Information Centre.
Maorong Jiang, Ph.D., director of the Asian World Center at Creighton, has been a member of the CGNK since 2006 and was recently nominated to be on the Center's governing council.
With support and leadership of several Nobel Peace Laureates, the Center for Global Nonkilling was established in 1986 to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world by means open to infinite human creativity. It has 600 academic research members from 300 universities across the world. While attending the book release event at the Center, Dr. Jiang presented at the 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Social Studies in Honolulu. The topic of his presentation was 'Gandhi and Paige: Two Political Giants and Their Non-violence Politics.'
Photo: Glenda Paige, co-founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, Joám Evans Pim and Maorong Jiang, Ph.D., director of the Asian World Center at Creighton, presented a copy of the book to Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (center).
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The importance of rethinking media and entertainment from a nonkilling perspective is self-explanatory. In "Nonkilling Global Political Science", Glenn Paige pointed out how violence is "socially learned and culturally reinforced". This social effort is by no means casual or due to some innate taste or demand for violence content historically considered repugnantbut rather, "violent media socialization is useful for a state in need of professional patriotic killers". Nonkilling creativity throuought the ages also shows how a life-enhancing media is possible. At the Center for Global Nonkilling we sincerely hope that the contributions compiled in this volume may help shape an alternative to the lethal ideology that permates media that may enhance the value of life.
Nonkilling Security and the State
Editor: Joám Evans Pim
Publishers: Center for Global Nonkilling and the Asian World Center
ISBN 978-0-9839862-1-8 (2013)
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The time has come to start anew history in this respect. We must establish reverence for life as the cornerstone of civilization: reverence for life not only by individuals, but also by institutions, foremost among them nations. Institutions were created originally for the good and survival of the people. This is their main justification and merit. They have no right to kill or to develop and stockpile incredible arsenals of weapons meant to kill millions of people, possibly all humanity. And the same nations come to the UN and dare to speak about human rights! Do these include the right to life and the right not to kill? Perhaps if we approach the question of disarmament from the fundamental principle of reverence for life, we might achieve better progress (from Robert Muller's Epilogue).
"Glenn Paige: The Pioneering Giant for a Nonkilling World"
By Dr. Maorong Jiang and Mr. Scott Jordan
This article was to be delivered at the 8th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action (ICPNA) from January 5-8, 2014, in Jaipur, India. The theme of this conference was "Towards a Nonviolent Future: Seeking Realistic Models for a Peaceful Co-Existence."
July 27, 1953: The Korean Armistice and Possibilities for Peace
Interview with Glenn Paige and Joam Evans Pim of the Center for Global Nonkilling, and Maorong Jiang, Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton University.
Published on July 26, 2013.
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