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A podcast that seeks to capture the combined experiences of people, culture, places, traveling, current events, living abroad, and everything that comes along with them. As somebody who has traveled, lived, studied, done business, studied Chinese, and been in multicultural relationships internationally, it has given me extensive insights into these factors. The premise further hopes to create a platform to promote mutual learning and understanding while facilitating the sharing of ideas and ...
 
Tune in to the healing wisdom of Nature with Flower Essence Practitioners Kathleen Aspenns and Rochana Felde. We share insights from years of practice and study to empower you to bring the healing qualities of Nature into your self care. Learn how to cultivate your vitality, reconnect with Nature’s wisdom and healing gifts, and soothe the stresses of modern life.
 
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Dialogues on Applied Channel Theory

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Dialogues on Applied Channel Theory

Wang Ju-Yi's Applied Channel Theory Research Center

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Applied Channel Theory (經絡醫學 jīng luò yī xué) is an approach to acupuncture rooted in the dual research threads of classical texts and modern clinical application. Developed by Dr. Wang Ju–yi over 50 years in Beijing clinics, hospitals and research institutes, it involves the rigorous combination of theory and diagnostic technique. In addition to channel examination, Applied Channel Theory is a comprehensive system that includes channel theory, methods of channel diagnosis, the nature of acu ...
 
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Jared and John talk about why typing characters leads to better learning outcomes than handwriting. They dispel conventional wisdom backed by science from an academic research study by Dr. Phyllis Zhang (张霓). You may have an opinion on the matter, but now it’s time to find out what the actual research tells us. Our interview is with Eileen Wu, a he…
 
In this episode, we sit down with an American couple and discuss what it was like to start a family during a pandemic. Specifically, we talk about what this couple went through in the process to start a family from initial planning, pregnancy, birth, post-birth, and dealing with an infant. In addition, we talk about the factors they faced during al…
 
John and Jared have pulled the best stories out of all of the guest interviews of 2021. Get ready to laugh, reflect, and be inspired as we look back on the year. Links from the episode: #70 Reading the News: Do’s and Don'ts #60 How Chinese Food Can Help Your Chinese #59 Bridging to Breakthrough and Abigail Washburn #55 Flashcards, spaced repetition…
 
For this episode, I recap my 2015 trip to Jingdezhen known for its amazing porcelain and rich history. I spent a total of two days there and attended the 2015 Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair and toured the UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the Imperial Kilns. In addition, I touch on making friends and the experiences of being in a new pl…
 
In this episode, John and Jared talk about something close to their hearts: reading in Chinese. They discuss the different types of reading, different techniques for advanced learners, and specifically how you can harness the power of extensive reading to accelerate your Chinese. Guest interview is with Sebastian Mueller from Germany, who moved to …
 
In this episode, we analyze and dissect some key points from the excerpt "The Man in the Arena" from former US president Theodore Roosevelt. There is a tremendous amount of influence one can gain in terms of daring and reaching out to learn and understand what is beyond you and to never let the naysayers hold you back or control you. Some of its ke…
 
In this episode, I follow up with an individual I interviewed for a previous episode back in May about the situation in Myanmar. Nearly nine months on he goes into detail about what has happened to him and those around him as the violence and unrest have increased. Some of the content in this episode is graphic in nature as it contains content of a…
 
In this episode, John and Jared respond to a listener question about Cantonese, which leads to a discussion around China’s numerous dialects/languages, which are in fact “topolects.” Guest interview is with Daniel Pang, who grew up speaking Cantonese at home, became a doctor, then quit his job to learn Chinese. Links from the episode: Varieties of …
 
Feeling blue these days? You're not alone. This month Rochana and Kathleen cover the topic of depression and the constellation of difficult emotional aspects that accompany it. Find out what flower essences and gem elixirs we use to shine a gentle light in the dark corners, help shift perspective, soften the suffering, and provide soul guidance. Fu…
 
In this episode, I share some basic thoughts on self-improvement and philosophy that can benefit you when you travel and in one's daily life. These have been collected from life experience and delving into different forms of philosophy. Please let us know what you think of International Immersion by emailing us at internationalimmersionpodcast@gmai…
 
In this episode John and Jared share the proper way to compare similar words, characters, sounds, and grammar points. There’s a time and a place for everything, and once you know the right way to approach these comparisons, you can maximize your learning. Guest interview is with Stefan Erfurth, a Chinese learner from Germany working in artificial i…
 
John and Jared talk about three types of research-backed strategies and tips you can employ to improve your listening skills, specifically in the areas where you struggle. Guest interview is with Gabrielle Barnett from Jamaica, whose quest to learn Chinese has opened doors and taken her around the world, far beyond anything she could have imagined.…
 
In this episode, Mei and Jonathan discuss Dr. Wang's case study book 《王居易针灸医案讲习录》。They discuss their inspiration for working on this project with Dr. Wang, including talking about some of the clinical cases that initiated the writing of this book. In addition, Mei and Jonathan give an update on the progress of their translation of this book into En…
 
In this episode, I interview Arlene Samen the founder of One Heart Worldwide which mission is to provide assistance to pregnant women on a global basis. Through their efforts, they have made an impact in such places as Tibet, Nepal, and beyond. Arlene began her career in Utah as a nurse practitioner at age 27, specializing in maternal and fetal med…
 
Kathleen and Rochana explore the challenging terrain of toxic shame that is forged by experiences of emotional and physical abuse. Flower essences can help lift the burden and bring to our conscious awareness the realization there is nothing wrong with us, we deserve to be here, and we are enough — regardless of what we might have been told in the …
 
Listening is one of the biggest challenges for Chinese learners. In this two part series, John and Jared talk about the most complicating factors to understanding spoken Chinese. You’ll become aware of these and be able to pinpoint where you may be struggling. Guest interview is with Marc Dupont, a lobbyist from Canada whose personal quest has kept…
 
John and Jared use research to address issues related to watching movies in Chinese, with and without Chinese subtitles. Find out what the academics say and stick around for the practical advice! Guest interview is with Jeremy Bai, a translator, author, and ENNIE-winning game designer who turned his fascination with Chinese martial arts into a care…
 
In this episode, Jonathan talks to Yefim about his approach to the treatment of chronic pain. The discussion covers the point-pressing technique and channel palpation for diagnosis, including common points used to treat chronic pain. There is also a summary of a recent chronic low back pain case.By Wang Ju-Yi's Applied Channel Theory Research Center
 
In this episode, I interview Michael Doud: soldier, corporate worker, world traveler, spiritualist, and author. Starting from his childhood we walk through each phase of his life and learn about his experiences and what he has learned and what advice he gives to live a better life. You can Follow Michaels Instagram page here: https://instagram.com/…
 
How do Chinese people feel about a foreigner with a potty mouth in Chinese? Are curse words worth learning? John and Jared talk about swearing in Chinese and what you should be aware of. Guest interview is with Ashleigh Au, who combined her language skills and life experiences to create career opportunities that otherwise would have been unobtainab…
 
Join us for a wide ranging discussion with Isha Lerner – astrologer, author, flower essence producer and consultant – as we explore the intersection of flower essences and astrology. We talk about: Isha's formative experiences at Findhorn in Scotland, and how her studies of flower essences, astrology and tarot came together in her work guiding peop…
 
In this episode, I recollect visiting the Tomb of the First Emperor of China and the Terra Cotta Army in Xi'an China. In a direct way, I describe what it was like to visit a place with such historical significance and what one can take away. Please let us know what you think of International Immersion by emailing us at internationalimmersionpodcast…
 
Reading a Chinese newspaper is a common goal for many learners, but is it the right goal for you? John and Jared talk about what you need to know about the news in Chinese, how to get started, and the options available to you. Guest interview is with Michael Berry, a professor at UCLA who specializes in Chinese literature, cinema, and pop culture. …
 
In this first episode of two, we go in a slightly different direction and discuss the impact of the Rise of Islam and the Early Muslim Conquests. Specifically, this is broken down into three parts: The world prior to Islam How Islam rose in Arabia The early Muslim conquests. To aid in this analysis, they are discussed with a fellow historian who ha…
 
John and Jared answer a listener’s question about the rivalry between China’s two most famous cities: Shanghai and Beijing. They discuss culture, history, and language, and even provide one additional view from a mystery correspondent! The guest interview is with William White, a professional simultaneous interpreter in Chinese with decades of expe…
 
Join us for a lighthearted episode where Rochana and Kathleen discuss which flower essences they would recommend for Star Wars characters. It is a fun game to play, but also useful practice for learning how to work with essences. We share our picks for classic characters like Luke and Leia, and also newer ones such as Rey and Kylo Ren. These films …
 
In this episode, I discuss with one of my graduate school colleagues from Turkey, about our program in China. Specifically, we recap on what led us to study in China, the graduate program, life in China as an international student, and its takeaways. As a former international student, I can attest to the numerous advantages and opportunities it pro…
 
John and Jared are going to revisit and unpack this classic question posed by Dr. David Moser three decades ago and identify what is hard about Chinese, what is easier now, and whether Chinese really is harder than other languages. The guest interview is with Sarah Kutulakos, a lifetime Chinese learner and the executive director at the Canada China…
 
Electronic pop-up dictionaries are all the rage! But are they really helping you improve your Chinese? John and Jared take a research-based look at the impact of pop-up dictionaries and answer the question “Can you really click your way to fluency?” The guest interview is with Chris Max, a famous YouTuber you’ve likely never heard of because his vi…
 
In this episode, we talk with two friends, one from Vietnam and one from Belgium who have maintained a friendship for more than a decade. They explain in detail how they met, developed their friendship, what they did together, and how they have stayed in touch and dealt with both culture and distance. Their story is one that can inspire and show th…
 
In this episode, we revisit a person who has traveled from Mainland China to the US during the CVOID-19 Pandemic, but now see what it was like to return to China from the US and see the differences. Specifically, like in the previous episode, she breaks down the process step by step from initial preparation to arrival and the aftermath. Her account…
 
In this episode Jason Robertson and Jonathan Chang discuss Dr. Wang's first published article on what eventually became Applied Channel Theory. This article was recently translated with commentary by Jonathan an re-published in The Lantern (https://www.thelantern.com.au/) The discussion re-visits core concepts at the heart of Dr. Wang's clinical ap…
 
Flower Essence Practitioner and Educator, Loyola Colebeck, returns to the podcast to share her insights on using Bach flower essences within the lens of Chinese Medicine. Our conversation ranges from the overarching cosmology to how the organs in that system correlate to certain emotions, such as the Spleen and worry. Join us for this fascinating d…
 
A dictionary is frequently one of the first things you buy when learning a language. In this episode, John and Jared will give you tips and tricks and do’s and don’ts on Chinese dictionaries, so you can get the most out of them for your learning gain. The guest interview is with Matt Coss, a Chinese-language educator and Ph.D. candidate who is help…
 
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