Q&A: Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz on covering China, his new blog, and … Minnesota.

Mid-summer 2010 and I was scheduled to have lunch with Jeff Wasserstrom, academic, author, blogger, and all-around good guy. A few days before we met, Jeff emailed to say that he’d like to bring along Rob Schmitz the (then) new Shanghai correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace program (heard on US public radio affiliates). Fine…

End of Expo: Why Expo 2010 Mattered

The personal and professional interests of the foreign media in China have never had much in common with the average Chinese people with whom they cover. Sometimes, this is a good and necessary thing: if the foreign media won’t cover Chinese dissidents, who will? But often, this produces absurd results that distort – for readers…

End of Expo: Malcolm Moore, Expo Critic, Is Undeterred

If one were to make a list of the most memorable essays, reviews, and reports written about Expo 2010 [Shanghai World’s Fair], Shanghai Expo: take a stroll down to Axis of Evil square, the cutting review of the event’s opening day by Malcolm Moore, the Daily Telegraph‘s Shanghai correspondent, would have to be placed near…

A banking advertisement you won’t see at US airports.

Spotted in Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris: For my non-French speaking readers, the caption reads: Pakistan is the world’s second largest textile exporter. We see a world of opportunities. And you? Needless to say, this advertisement is pretty much unthinkable in a US airport, and that underlines for me the unfortunately black-and-white understanding of Pakistan…

The Shanghai Scrap e-waste Challenge

As regular readers may know, over the years I’ve spent a significant number of non-blogging hours investigating and reporting on the Chinese e-waste trade for trade and mainstream publications. For those who are not regular readers, e-waste can be broadly defined as waste computers, monitors, cell phones and other broken, obsolete, and unwanted artifacts from…

Weekend Listening: the Sinica Podcast

Kaiser Kuo, Beijing-based writer, tech-watcher, and guitar-player (and prolific tweeter), recently launched the Sinica podcast, a weekly look at “politics, economics, international relations and how it all relates to China.” It’s an interesting and enjoyable listen, featuring some of the more prominent folks in China’s internet and media industries. Among the many reasons that I…