Adam Minter is an American writer in Shanghai, China, where he covers a range of topics, including the Chinese environment, religion in contemporary China, trade, sports, and cross-cultural issues between the West and Asia. He is also widely published and cited on Expo 2010, Shanghai’s much-anticipated World’s Fair. Minter’s work has been published in The Atlantic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Scientific American, ARTnews, and other publications. His work is featured in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (part of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American series). He is currently at work on two book projects, one of which is related to the recycling trade.
In 2002, he began a series of groundbreaking investigative pieces on China’s emerging recycling industries for Scrap and, later, Recycling International that were recognized, in 2004, with the first Stephen Barr Award for individual excellence in business feature writing, awarded by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Since then, he has been cited, quoted, and interviewed on recycling and waste by a range of international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and National Public Radio. He regularly speaks to groups about the global waste and recycling trade including, in 2008, an invited address at the Royal Geographic Society, London. He’s proud of that last one.