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

March 9, 2012 by

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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.

Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party: Presentation to Victory Lutheran College VCE History Class

March 2, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. On Thursday March 1st, 2012, braving torrential rain, Victory Lutheran College VCE history students, led by their teacher Logan Hayward came to La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus for a workshop presented by myself on Mao Zedong and the Communist Party. The workshop was a supplement to the students' VCE History studies on the Chinese revolution.

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

February 8, 2012 by

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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.

PHOTO ESSAY: Fángchuān — Where China, North Korea and Russia Converge

February 1, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Some unusual places in the world are magnets for geopolitical intrigue. Fángchuān is one of these places, nestled at the convergence of the Chinese, Russian and North Korean borders on the Tumen River.

YOUTH VOICE: Communism or Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics?

January 23, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. After visiting the capital earlier in the year as a tourist, China on the surface appears to be embracing democratic governance and free market economic opportunities. However, after a more intense and academically focused journey to the capital, what I witnessed as a student came as a complete surprise. Communism with Chinese characteristics is dominating the philosophies and teachings of the people and in my view is likely to continue to do so for years to come.

What Now? North Korea after the death of Kim Jong-il

December 20, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The death of North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il casts a cloud over the future of the already weak North Korean state and the stability of Northeast Asian security environment. Speculation about the future of a post-Kim Jong-il North Korea has been mounting since reports about Kim’s ill-health surfaced in 2008, raising questions about leadership succession, the viability of North Korea’s unique political system and political stability on the Korean peninsula. With Kim’s passing, those questions will be answered in short order.

Hyper-nationalism, Contested Histories & the China-Japan Relationship

October 14, 2011 by

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BY SEANIAD CONROY. Both China and Japan have accused each other of encouraging fierce nationalism and the corresponding anti- Chinese and anti-Japanese feeling. Their failure to address the past has meant that it is an ongoing divisive issue in the present, though some attempts are being made to rectify this.