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.
The research achievements of La Trobe University academics working in Asian societies and partnerships was presented today at the La Trobe Asia Research Showcase. Academics, including myself, presented our research […]
From 13th-24th July, I and Ben Walta from CERES Global led the Environment and Sustainability in China Study Tour to Shanghai and Beijing. This study tour was the first in […]
In my third and final piece on urban green spaces in Seoul, I would like to talk further about my new favourite place in the city: Seoul Forest. Reclaimed from […]
There is no better way to take the heartbeat of a city than to get out and explore on foot. However, the streets of major cities have largely become arteries […]
There are some magical green spaces across the metropolitan area of Seoul. These shoots of green temper the brutality of concrete and steel in the city’s urban environment. While the […]
Sharing impressions from visits along the Tasmanian coastline, too beautiful not to share…
It is easy to get lost in hubris when it comes to the transformative impacts of sport on the real world. There is something about international football tournaments in particular […]
The host countries of major sporting tournaments like the FIFA World Cup are usually obsessed with the international status and prestige that comes with hosting these events. More interesting however […]
This piece was originally published in the Tumen Triangle Documentation Project – Issue Two published by Sino:NK In mid-2013 I visited Rason for the first time, though not my first […]
Chongjin is North Korea’s third-largest city and capital of North Hamgyong Province. The city is best known as the locus of steel production in the DPRK, having been established as […]
North Korea has attempted three times to establish special economic zones, where foreign companies can establish production facilities and enjoy special benefits and concessions, in order to attract foreign investment […]
Last time I visited Yánjí, in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Jilin Province, the city was blanketed in a carpet of snow and buffeted by freezing winds sweeping […]
Last month I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in Beijing’s famous 798 Art District. The precinct is located within a refurbished industrial estate, deriving its name from Factory […]
Pictures taken by the author, July 2012 and June 2013.
BY BEN HABIB.
BY BEN HABIB. This photo gallery documents my trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea in July 2012.
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.
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.
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.