Herb Whisperer Farm: Permaculture Principles and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cultivating a holistic environmental politics and regenerative sustainability practice is one of the great challenges of our time. Part of this cultivation prompts us to network with leaders in the practice of sustainability transitions and learn from on-the-ground projects that are doing this work. One of these projects is the Herb Whisperer farm, an hour north of Beijing in China, run by the “Herb Whisperer” himself, Thomas Avery Garran.

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A Short Taiwanese Adventure — Getting Lost in Taipei

BY BEN HABIB. In July 2008 I had the pleasure of a two night stopover in Taipei, on my way to South Korea. My visit was fortunately timed during a narrow time window between two typhoons, both of which caused significant damage on the island and killed dozens of people. While I was in Taipei, however, the weather was spectacular. The following diary and photo gallery is a snapshot of my day out in Taipei.

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Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea — Presentation to the Albury Rotary Club

BY BEN HABIB. On Wednesday 7th March 2012 I made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Albury entitled Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea. In this presentation I gave a brief chronology of my experiences in and around Korea, touching on some of the interesting things I learnt along the way about Korean history, culture and the North Korean state.

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The China-Korea Frontier — Yánjí and the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture

BY BEN HABIB. All North Korea watchers inevitably get to Yánjí at some point in their careers. Yánjí is a small frontier city of approximately 400,000 people, capital of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province, China. It is like a “little Seoul” in northeast China, with a large ethnic Korean (Zhonguo Chaoxian minzu) population navigate dual identities as Chinese citizens of Korean heritage. Many Chaoxian minzu have relatives living in North Korea. Yanbian is nestled in the important strategic border region where the Chinese, North Korean and Russian frontiers meet.

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