logo-gmpThe project examines waste as a social phenomenon in contemporary East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), and explores the historical shifts behind the transformation of practices related to the ‘production’ and disposal of garbage since the Second World War. Rising affluence, represented by growing levels of personal consumption, played a critical role in this transformation. It fuelled a successive expansion of the mass availability of consumer goods, and was accompanied by the overpowering encroachment of the food-processing and packaging industries. These, and other, developments contributed to a makeover of the everyday practices of shopping and housework, as the culture of scarcity and the ethos of frugality gradually gave way to the veneration of material comfort and convenience.