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Expo 2010 and other stories from Shanghai

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Adam Minter's reported blog covers the scrap trade, Chinese Catholicism, the environment, and a wide range of other issues in contemporary China.

Over the past year, Shanghai Scrap has featured stories on subjects as varied as manufacturing hazards, the Guanghe-Goldarrow kidnapping case, migrant labor during the economic downturn, and Shanghai's continued destruction of its architectural history.

One major focus of Shanghai Scrap for more than a year has been the opaque, excruciatingly drawn-out process by which the United States constructed its Expo 2010 pavilion. Most related posts are collected in the Expo 2010 - US Pavilion category, and a helpful Reporter's Guide posted today contains a timeline and a summary of the questions that remain unanswered.

Aside from its coverage of the US pavilion, Shanghai Scrap has been one of the best resources for information on the preparations for the Shanghai World Expo before its May 1 opening. Some highlights:

The blogger writes for a variety of media outlets, and most recently has a slideshow titled China Rules the World at Expo 2010 at The Atlantic.

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