Sharing From the Heart is a monthly initiative where young people from China and the United States come together around the pressing ecological, cultural, and spiritual issues of our time. Through sharing thoughts, personal stories, and actions in local settings, Chinese and American youth will begin building cross-cultural bonds to support a vision of a new, ecological civilization.
In this dialogue, Lin Tao will share her experiences of interviewing over 20 young individuals who returned to rural life from mainland China, Taiwan, and other overseas countries between 2018 and 2020. The project began with her personal exploration of reimagining modern urban existence. Through encounters with other urban and rural returnees, Lin Tao reflects on her own journey as a rural-raised individual, witnessing the decline of rural communities, left of young people alongside the allure of urbanization. During her time in Taiwan, she encountered a burgeoning movement of youth returning to the land, embracing a “half farm, half X” lifestyle in pursuit of a more harmonious connection with nature. Could this lifestyle serve as a blueprint for a new generation, integrating ecology, economy, and livelihood into a truly sustainable model?
Lin Tao is an author, a mother, and a gardener. She has authored two books on the resurgence of Back-to-Land movements in mainland China and Taiwan. Having spent six years in Florida, Lin Tao actively participated in the University of Florida’s Ethno-ecology agroforestry garden, where she forged friendships through gardening. She sees “Back-to-Land” as a universal thread that binds individuals worldwide who share a deep reverence for nature and seek narratives beyond the alienation fostered by industrialization and modernity.
Friday, February 16, 2024
Saturday, February 17, 2024