China Pavilion Architect Celebrates in his Underpants

He Jingtang, architect of the China pavilion at Expo 2010 (Shanghai World’s Fair), on how he celebrated the crowds that turned out to view his building on October 1: “I especially chose underwear with the China Pavilion logo today to express my happiness.” As quoted (quote of the Expo, if you ask me) in Shanghai…

Time out from Expo 2010 for some Cuttlefish Cheese Bread

We’re going to briefly interrupt Shanghai Scrap’s non-stop Expo 2010 coverage to announce that – based upon what we just had for breakfast – Starbucks is doomed. For those who don’t follow the venerable coffee company, it’s been faltering for several years now, largely due to over-expansion into questionable markets in the US (though that…

The Cat Thief

Last night I was walking south on Fenyang Road when, at the intersection with Fuxing Road, I saw a small crowd of five or six people standing around a tricycle outfitted with cages packed tight with terrified cats and a few small dogs.  In front of it, a waif-like man dashed around, mostly crouched over,…

Even (alleged) state-sponsored kidnappers should hire PR consultants, sometimes.

Over the last six months, countless media outlets have run stories on China’s role as the world’s biggest recycler, and thus its role in the Fall 2008 collapse of the international scrap recycling markets. Of those stories, a very high percentage mentioned the alleged, October 2008 kidnapping of a British scrap trader by a state-owned…