Global Practice China

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Grandma Gao

This week we had the opportunity to visit the Gao family farm in Anlong village. The farm is completely organic using zero chemicals and local water sources. Nothing goes to waste at the farm- everything is utilized to go back towards the produce, making the farm completely self sustainable. When ...

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Animals Asia #tablefor3

When did humans become anthropocentric? Anthropocentrism is the idea that humans are the final aim and end of the universe, that everything is viewed and interpreted in terms of the human experience and values. The idea that humans are not only above animals, but also above the environment and are on ...

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Animal Welfare in China

Animal rights and welfare in China are faced with similar challenges in comparison to other countries around the world. Animals have long been at the brutal hands of humans world-wide, wherein their well being is generally treated as obsolete. With China’s growing affluence, the treatment of animals reflects a combination ...

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Children of China

Over the past few weeks, Kristen and I have had the honor and pleasure of working with many different groups of children from varying areas in China. We spent three days working with children from the rural town of Laojunshan, in the mountains of China. The Laojunshan Nature Reserve welcomed ...

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The Fight for Moon Bear Justice: Changing the Paradigm of Bear Bile Farming

They are called “moon bears” because of the moon shape on their chest Photograph by Ethan Crawford On Saturday, July 27, 2013, we visited the Moon Bear Rescue Center, founded by Jill Robinson, an adamant supporter against bear bile farming all over the world, especially in China. Bear bile is used throughout China in ...

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Conservation Social Work: A Focus on Rural China

Woman carrying harvested bambooPhoto by Irina Rasner Interviews were conducted by the Chinese student volunteers to gain better understanding of how the local people in Laojunshan (and later in Mabian) are reliant on clearing bamboo for economic necessity. The information gained in these interviews intended to assess the awareness of the ...

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First Nature Reserve Experience and Summer Camp: Laojunshan

Teaching the kids animal names in English Photo by Irina Rasner Our first experience working with children in an area that has a nature reserve has caused a roller coaster of emotions to erupt. When we first arrived in Laojunshan, we were greeted with open arms and warm smiles by some ...

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Pollution and environmental degeneration in China; reflections of personal impact and responsibility

a nuclear power plant on the way to the mountains and most rural/poverty-stricken areas of China The large scale pollution in China are caused by industry that supplies goods worldwide,a rapidly growing population, and a demand for a higher standard of living. Through our experiences both in Chengdu and in rural ...

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Arrived

The flight was about as smooth as it could have been. When you depart Los Angeles at 1am, and fly up over the arctic circle and back down to Beijing, you actually get to watch the sunrise about six times. If you leave at the right time, you get to watch ...

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