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Chingiz Aitmatov

Traveling to a New America – Davis, California

Tweet Davis, California.  Home of the University of California at Davis. Students from many different ethnic backgrounds, and from around the world. Talking to students on the street, these were some of comments I heard. A young man, a graduate student, originally from Brazil. “I feel that what is happening in my own country is [...]

Soka Gakkai – New Religious Kid on the Block

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Daisaku Ikeda – Unknown Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Tweet Just before the most recent Nobel Peace Prize was announced, CNN ran a piece listing ten people as possible leading nominees.  One of these people was Daisaku Ikeda. I imagine many readers, upon seeing his face and name, would have reacted with a puzzled look of non-recognition.  Who is this man? Daisaku Ikeda is [...]

Chingiz Aitmatov/Daisaku Ikeda – Dialogue of Giants

Tweet Chingiz Aitmatov, the great Russian and Kyrgyz writer, is not that well known in the Western world, although he was one of the greatest writers in the Russian and Kyrgyz languages in the latter half of the twentieth century.  He was also the ambassador for Kyrgyzstan to the European Union, NATA, and UNESCO.  He [...]