Articles

Selected articles by Adam Minter:

Bloomberg View

Ships Have Gotten Too Big. June 14, 2016

Time to Get Rid of the TSA. May 10, 2016

Two Child Policy is Too Little, Too Late. October 25, 2015

Segway’s Second Chance in China. April 19, 2015

Please Give Kazakhstan the Winter Olympics. January 20, 2015

China’s Lost Generation Finds Itself in Ukraine. December 15, 2014

Sex, Romance, and the Happy Ever After. July 29, 2014

Why Starbucks Won’t Recycle Your Cup. April 7, 2014

Bob Dylan Didn’t Sell Out to Sell Chryslers. February 3, 2014

Why Chinese Hate Their Men’s Soccer Team, June 18, 2013.

U.S. Isn’t Flooding the Third World With E-Waste, May 26, 2013.

Chinese Fish for Meaning in U.S. Carp Rampage, March 15, 2012.

Basketball-Crazy China Ponders Meaning of Jeremy Lin’s Race, February 15, 2012.

Smithsonian

The Burning Truth Behind an E-Waste Dump in Africa, January 2016.

Sierra

Clearing Skies, March/April 2015.
A journalist who fled China’s air pollution looks back and sees rays of hope.

Addicts and Enablers, May/June 2010.
China remains wedded to dirty coal, despite huge investments in clean energy. When its own supplies lag, other nations are happy to feed its need.

The Los Angeles Review of Books.

True Tales of Language, Lore, and Love from Chinese Flyover Country, March 1, 2015.
Adam Minter on ‘In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China.

The Atlantic

The Chinese Town That Turns Your Old Christmas Tree Lights Into Slippers, December 2011.
Every year, 20 million pounds of the discarded holiday lights make their way to Shijiao.

The Pavilion Wars, April 2009.
The upcoming World’s Fair should offer the chance to build a showpiece U.S. pavilion. But thanks to behind-the-scenes maneuverings and State Department incompetence, we may end up with a Chinese-funded pavilion—or no pavilion at all.

Scrapped, November 2008.
For the last decade or so, scrap metal has been the largest volume export from the United States to China. But with the economy in a tailspin, unclaimed scrap metal is starting to pile up at China’s ports.

Keeping Faith, July/August 2007.
Jin Luxian’s 50-year struggle to keep Catholicism alive in China, balance Rome and Beijing, and build a Church for “100 million Catholics.”

Scrap Magazine

China’s E-Scrap Investment, March/April 2014.
China is putting substantial effort—and money—into developing a world-class electronics recycling industry. Time will tell whether this ambitious experiment will be able to leave low-tech, polluting processing techniques to the history books.

The Industrial Revolution, March/April 2011.
Trends in scrap supply and demand and high labor costs have China’s scrap companies moving from hand-processing to mechanized shredding and downstream separation, with long-term implications for scrap exporters and equipment manufacturers.

A Second Life for CRTs, July/August 2011.
Recyclers are applying the fair-trade model to used electronics, demonstrating that exports for refurbishment and reuse can meet developing countries’ need for low-cost products—and the facilities that do the work can meet developed-world standards.

The Future of Brass City, November/December 2010.
Thousands of enterprises in Jamnagar, India, process and consume brass and other nonferrous scrap. the industry’s leaders see a large-scale, high-tech, environmentally sound future they hope to build on greater quantities of imported scrap.

Dr. Evermor and the Forevertron, March/April 2005.
Meet Tom Every, career recycler and creator of the Forevertron, the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture. His dual life as a scrapman and artist-persona Dr. Evermor is as down to earth as it is out of this world.

The Los Angeles Times

Jesus in China, July 2006.
A California priest is helping replace stained-glass windows at a Shanghai cathedral smashed during the Cultural Revolution. They abound with Chinese imagery.

Return of a Shanghai Jew, January 2006.
After decades of trying to forget the miseries of his refugee childhood during World War II, a Southern Californian circles back to China to embrace the people who saved his life.

Foreign Policy

Schadenfreude and Sympathy in Shanghai, March 2011.
Some Chinese are welcoming the tragedy (of the tsunami) unfolding in next-door Japan. Others are sending their prayers. As usual, the government is nervous.

A Sorry Spectacle, March 2010.
The uninspiring saga of the United States’ World Expo pavilion in Shanghai.

Rich Dog, Poor Dog, February 2010.
A look at China’s new class struggle.

Mother Jones

Sister Fabian’s Pro-Gay Crusade, February 2008.
In China, progressive views about homosexuality and HIV come from an unlikely place — the Catholic Church.