In terms of research here in China, I’ve been focusing on environmental issues in everyday life. I’ve begun a campaign to take a photo whenever I see a public health or environmental quality issue. Two photos I wish I had (but didn’t have my camera with me or out in time) were restaurant workers cleaning and peeling vegetables on a dirty concrete floor, and a bicycle courier hauling four rusted tanks of propane. I did get photos (forthcoming) of the bicycle water carriers that carry 10 jugs at a time, and some huge piles of trash in the streets.
Recycling is a big deal here, since much we throw away can actually be reused. Our trash is sifted through daily. To get a sense of how serious recycling is, see the photo below. Around campus, hauling huge stacks of cardboard is the most common recycling sight.
(This is a Reuters photo. I did not take this one.)