More people live in cities. But many cities make life worse. How can cities make life better?
On its surface, Expo 2010 Shanghai is about dazzling technologies, dynamic design, and glorious culture.
But what lies beneath?
Does Expo’s Meaning Reveal Shanghai’s Mission?
I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn. I wrote the biography of China’s former President, Jiang Zemin, and my new book, How China’s Leaders Think, explores the policies of President Hu Jintao and introduces China’s next generation of leaders.
I’ve come to Shanghai to search for meaning in Expo – the greatest gathering of countries, cities and organizations in history – ..at the very moment when China has become the second largest economic power on earth.
Expo’s theme:“Better City, Better Life.”
I Feel the Future. Creativity Engulfs Me. I Soar with Hope... Yet I’m Weighted with Worry: Environmental Catastrophe; Clogging, Chaotic Cities; Conflicts Among Countries, Races, Religions… Civilizations...Expo Shanghai Offers Break-Out
and Break-Through, Innovation and Change. It’s About Vision and Scope-Unifying the Human Family with Inspired Passion for Epic Struggle…Doing Now… What has Never been done Before.
But Why are foreigners Suspicious of China, Anxious over China’s growth and ambitions?
Foreigners May Fret over China’s Motives.
Yet They’re Mesmerized by China’s Markets.
In the South American sector, in front of Mexico’s pavilion, a Red Banner catches my eye: It says:“Get Close to Oriental Civilization, Show the World the Future.”
A gracious invitation? Or a veiled threat?
The Chinese people are Proud that China has Re-Emerged as a Great Power. Thus, Two Major Meanings of Expo Intertwine:
* The global demand for Livable Cities and Green Technologies,
* And the Historic Rise of China
Read Expo 2010 Shanghai
as China’s Vision of the Future.