Where the ‘Scrap Has Gone.

Regular readers, if they’re still stopping by, have probably noticed that things have ground to a virtual standstill around these parts. This is the result of a number of factors, but the two key ones are a) my time and attention is very focused on a book project at the moment; and b) I’m now doing a weekly column for Bloomberg. I’ve had almost nothing to say about either project here, so – on the occasion of the mid-Autumn Festival – allow me to point my readers to this week’s column, and announce that future columns will be available – on a mostly weekly basis – at the World View section of the new Bloomberg View site. It’s an unusual column, as columns go, in that it’s specifically concerned with public opinion in China. Thus, this week’s missive concerns the so-called Good Samaritan problem in China, and how Chinese folks are talking about it.

In addition to my piece on the Good Samaritan issue, you might also have a look at Tania Branigan’s excellent piece for the Guardian, a fascinating look at the issue from a Confucian perspective at the (always fascinating) Useless Tree blog, and a lengthy, three-part look at the issue (from 2009) at the ChinaHopeLive blog (part I, II, and III).

In the meantime, I’m going to make a concerted effort to do a better job of updating here – at least, updates re my Bloomberg pieces. Watch, too, for images from some of the world’s hidden recycling and waste processing zones, taken as part of my book project.

[UPDATE, 10 minutes later: While I’m at it – I think the world would be a better place if more people knew the tale of Hank Mizell and Jungle Rock.]