Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'China'

Send those fish back

Governor Pat Quinn announced a deal today to export up to 30 million pounds of Asian Carp to China. A fish processing plant in downstate Pearl, IL will be expanded using $2 million of state funds....

Who Wants our Trash?

An article in the New York Times yesterday spotlights the effects of the global economic slowdown on scavengers of recyclable materials in Beijing. Low worldwide commodity prices for used paper, plastic, and metal not only mean losses for community...

Up The Yangtze - The Film

A few days ago I finally had the chance to see the film "Up the Yangtze" at the IFC film center. There were hardly a half dozen in the audience, which was a shame because the documentary was wonderful,...

The Globalized Scrap Industry

If you haven't read it yet, the January New Yorker article about the worldwide scrap metal industry by John Seabrook is now online at booknoise.net. Its a fascinating look into the booming scrap metal market and its global connections from...

Up the Yangtze

I've just seen the trailer for a new film about the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. If you are in New York or Toronto you may be able to see a screening of it, otherwise you'll have to...

A Float Trip on the Li River - Part 2

The next day I woke early to be ready for the boat trip from Guilin to Yangshuo. I had purchased my ticket late the night before, in some confusion over which ticket seller was best. A note on the bulletin...

Cormorant Fishing on the Li River

A video showing one of the fishing demonstrations on the river for tourists. The real workaday fishermen don't often wear the old-time bark rain coats seen in the video, but the process is pretty much the same....

A Float Trip on the Li Jiang - Part 1

The Li River is a small river in Guangxi Province, China, but it runs much larger in Chinese culture. It is most famous for the spectacular karst scenery along its banks between the river towns of Guilin and Yangshuo, the...