Alfred Hassler worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) from 1941 to 1974. He wrote books and countless articles, while his most famous creation would be the 1958 Montgomery Story comic book about the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King.

In 1965, Alfred Hassler led a mission to Vietnam and met Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong. For more than a decade, they would work together to raise the voice of the Vietnamese Buddhist movement.


A Buddhist Zen master, poet, teacher and author, Thich Nhat Hanh was one of the Buddhist opposition against the US-backed regime during the Vietnam War and the violence of both warring parties- a stance that left him exiled from his native Vietnam for four decades. During the late 1960s, he became one of the icons of the international antiwar movement. Before his exile, Thich Nhat Hanh had spent time in the West, studying at Princeton and teaching at Columbia in the early 1960s.


Known during the Vietnam war by her lay name, Cao Ngoc Phuong, Sister Chan Khong is a Buddhist nun who began working to improve the living conditions of the Vietnamese poor at the young age of 13. After her studies, she became a professor of biology at Saigon University. In 1964 she joined Thich Nhat Hanh, a progressibe buddhist monk who was calling for peace and solidarity with those who were suffering.