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Neopeasants in China with Sunshine Yang

Hello dear Subscribers,

We have had the pleasure of hosting Sunshine Yang at Tree Elbow over the past few weeks, and towards the end of her stay Patrick and Sunshine sat down and had a yarn about the Chinese back-to-the-land movement and more besides. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Sunshine’s world.

Here is the audio only version,


and here is the vision version.

In the conversation Patrick and Sunshine mention this Sandor Katz’s People’s Republic of Fermentation episode, which we all watched together this week. We highly recommend the series. Sandor has been one of AaF’s heroes for many years.

Sunshine is currently travelling the world participating as a volunteer in the renewal of peasant lifeways and back-to-the-land communities in other countries. She will be heading to West Africa, Cuba, South America and then southeast Asia, so if you know of like communities in those places or would just like to reach out to Sunshine, please get in touch with her.

We have so enjoyed living with your brightness and spark, Sunshine. Thank you for what you brought to the School of Applied Neopeasantry here in Djaara Mother Country.

We’d love to hear from you, Dear Listener. What has been stirred in you by this conversation?


  1. Lynn Moss says:

    Thank you for this! I’m sharing it.

  2. Michael and Kell says:

    We appreciated this video so much. So life affirming to hear young folk in China wanting to go back and try peasantry without the bad bits. People everywhere are quietly resisting modernity.

  3. Springblossom says:

    Lovely 🥰

      1. Lisa says:

        Thank you for exploring what is not known, what is not reported from China. It is heartening to know that there is this movement towards the land. I like that Sunshine identified two generations still exist that she can call on for wisdom and knowledge of the traditional peasant way in China. Thank you Artist as Family for this gentle, enlightening conversation….Lisa xx

        1. Thanks Lisa, yes, Sunshine’s story is such a revelation.

  4. It’s Sunshine here. Thank you so much again, Artists as Family!
    Your curiosity, recording and sharing has also made me appreciate the experience of spending time with neopeasants in China even more, giving me more confidence to share this unreported side of China to friends in the Western world!

  5. Shane says:

    Thanks for this thoughtful & inspiring conversation, Patrick & Sunshine! You touch on so many valuable themes, like intergenerational connectedness & the handing on of knowledge & wisdom from one’s own kin, not external authority; the idea of a doctor not being well paid & having high status – am guessing that would encourage a much higher proportion of doctors w/ a feeling & aptitude for actual healing, instead of huge medical centres full of interchangeable disengaged quacks. And of course the idea of medicine from the land instead of a lab, from rest instead of chemical bombardment.

    1. Thanks once again, Shane, for your thoughtful comment.

  6. Lottie says:

    What a wonderful interview! So uplifting and inspiring. Thank you Sunshine and Patrick. And it was lovely to see Zero relaxing by the woodburning stove.

  7. Nick says:

    So heart-warming, thankyou Sunshine (and Patrick) for providing a little piece of sanctuary online.

    Suddenly (well actually the last year or two now) the fossil-media’s message is China is the enemy, so it was great to hear about the diversity of thought of people in China and to affirm we have so much to share, learn and enjoy from each others company.

    1. Thank you Nick! Western propaganda is increasingly next level across all team sports – Brown Fossil media, Bright Green Lies media, etc., but increasingly people are tired of the manipulation and false flags.

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