Beacons of hope
There are many local initiatives that deserve to be known and encouraged. Browse through this section and be inspired by stories of cultural innovation and social commitment.
Salt was once one of the most important industries in Budai. The workers in salt fields were offering their sweat and hard work to the land and in return, the land would give them shiny snow-white salt. Thus people and the land have developed an intimate symbiotic relationship. But when sun-drying is now no match for modern ways to obtain salt and this method dies out in natural selection, how should the people conduct ‘dialogue’ with the land? Through interviews with an old salt worker Cai Liquan and with a local historian Cai Guiqiao, this article will attempt to put together the history and determine the future of the Budai salt industry.
Here is the video I directed for the band Orbit Folks at the beginning of the year. For more info about the band, please visit their website:
The director of Taoyuan's Youth Rehabilitation Centre, Lin Qiulan, discusses the life of young offenders in rehabilitation, including recent programs which encourage them to express themselves, like Zen tea rituals, writing projects and art.
We previously published an article by Liang Zhun who had volunteered to help the survivors of the Wenchuan Earthquake (aka the Great Sichuan Earthquake) get back on their feet. Here is an interview with her in which she explains her new book and the events that led her to compile it:
The First Life Sustainability Awards in 2008 produced 11 award winners. Then, in 2009 The Second Life Sustainability Awards produced 9 award winners. The award winners are chosen after carefully considering a host of worthy candidates...
Seven years have been and gone since the first paper issue of Renlai was published in January 2004. Founder of Renlai & eRenlai Benoit Vermander looks back at the raison d'etre and history of Renlai's development as well as the decision to go online and go global with eRenlai. Finally he looks forward to the future development of eRenlai and its evolution to an Asia-Pacific magazine.
The 10th anniversary of Yangjuan took place in August 2010 and was a real success, with even more people...
In my hands is the case information of a school dropout provided by the Chong Fong Teenager's School. At the top is written: "Gua Gua, 19 years old. Sent to live with her uncle since her father passed away. Gets most of her amusement from participating in temple processions. Wears unisexual attire and is extremely loyal to her friends. She has very poor emotional control, which often leaves people unsure about her, with the impression she could erupt at any moment in time.
A preference for temple processions is certainly a rare hobby for most children of...
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- Conference: Embrace the Pacific June 5th
- Amateurs in Tokyo - Reasonable Riots
- Obesity and Freedom
- Focus Response: Father Jacques Duraud, SJ on 'My God?'
- Dancing through the lens: Photographing the Pacific Festival of Arts
- Religious Colonialism: Cultural Loss in the Solomon Islands
- Shell Money, Dowries and the Skulls of Ancestors: The Living Traditions of the Solomon Islands
- The Langalanga People: "Natives" of the Man-made islands of the Solomons
- A Vibrant Culture with an Ugly Facade: Honiara and the Pacific Art Festival
- Swept away from Sinology by the Allure of Taiwan's Pacific coast
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