The Search For the Rice Mother-a romantic, chaotic trip where the destination is still unknown

The time when Mr Leo Maselli, a mysterious friend of my supervisor Khun Benjamas and his business popped up in my life could be virtually traced back to last November—when I just started my work with LDI. This gentleman is a film producer (for a long time I mistook him as a director) based in the US, who then, after two-year preparation, was about to ambitiously launch a project of film production featuring its background in several Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River. Just when I had not clarified the genre of his film, I was thrilled with this cooperation.

It was until this June that I had a chance to contribute my so-called specialty in literature to the playwriting of his script. Before that LDI(mostly it means—me, doing it) had to establish a valid relationship with such an independent film maker as him as a base of collaboration and fund raising….

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My Final Report&給另類全球化國際志願者計畫參與者的一封信

在這7400字的報告中,觀察、建議都囊括在內,除了訴苦的部分。因為,我知道那部分並不會引起太多的共鳴。但我更在意的是,到底要怎麼樣讓這份結案報告讓更多人看到。當然,我必須說:「謝謝這個計畫,讓我完成我的夢想之外,還存到了一筆錢。除此之外,我希望有更多人能夠因為我的告白,可以在服務的那一年更快樂。

所以,這是一封寫給現在與未來將和這個計畫有關的人們。

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Chinese Agribusiness Investment in Mekong Countries: Are Overseas Economic Expansion Strategies Doing Local Communities Good? (part 3)

China has become the biggest investor of Cambodia since 2005. Due to its thirst for the natural resources and the unstable global supplies it has, the investment in Cambodia has already been the best means of grabbing the supply sources to conform its demands. Agricultural produce, especially rubber and cassava, and timber are two of the priorities.

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I want to be a farmer, is it easy?!─The story of two young farmers

From the above, we will found that, now new generation farmers, maybe the way they will be is they are part-time farmers; in the part of skill, it’s a basic equipment of a farmer, you need to fill a vacancy by yourself, whatever you can get it from any kinds of tract to add your own knowledge about agriculture ,marketing, and the best is you need a support network which can support you when you have a question or any problem; and the most important part is choosing a sustainable agriculture road. After all, new generation farmers has information advantage than before, they are very clear about that the old farming use chemicals are bad to the rice field, and the advantage for environment of sustainable agriculture.

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我想當農夫,容易嗎?─兩個泰國新生代農夫的故事

從兩位新生代農夫的故事看來,當一名新生代農夫,可能會是以一種半農半X的方式,土地的門檻已經降低,如果沒有土地,也可以使用屋頂、或者是大一些的庭院克服;技術門檻,則必須自行補足的知識,不管是從各種可以學習農業的相關知識下手,吸取關於農作物種植方面的知識、行銷方面,最好還要有自己的支持團體,當你有問題時,可以詢問,這是當一名農夫最基本的配備;最重要的部分,則是選擇走一條永續農業的路。

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Chinese Agribusiness Investment in Mekong Countries: Are Overseas Economic Expansion Strategies Doing Local Communities Good? (part 2)

In Burma, the coercive land encroachment caused by army involvement seems to be even worse, since most of the Chinese agricultural investment is located in the areas controlled by the either local or regional military authorities; such as military groups, militia and ceasefire groups. According to the cases in Shan state and Kachin state, both of which are the priorities for Burmese government to welcome the rubber bulk invested by China, it is quite undoubted that Opium Replacement scheme can hardly reach its humanitarian goals.

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Chinese Agribusiness Investment in Mekong Countries: Are Overseas Economic Expansion Strategies Doing Local Communities Good? (Part 1)

Chinese agribusiness is proliferating in the five Mekong countries; Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Burma. Pros and cons coexist; on one hand, Chinese government sees it as the means of supplying the fast-growing domestic demand, agribusiness sees it as opportunities of less cost and more profit, and recipient countries see it as a method of agitating economy. On the other hand, the policy has caused a lot of controversies, such as the land grabbing conflicts between local communities and businesses, environmental degradation and pollution, bribery and poverty, etc.

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