Shanghai – A World City!?
What does it Mean for Shanghai to become a World City?
I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn. I’m in Shanghai for Expo, watching the world ratify Chinas emergence, and assessing Shanghai's increasing prominence.
Here’s my Hunch: To Know Shanghai Today Is to Know China Tomorrow.
When Future Historians write the book of Shanghai’s Epic Story, A Middle Chapter will be about Expo 2010. Expo’s About the Future. Shanghai’s About the Future. It’s All You See. It’s All You Hear.
Certainly the Five Permanent Buildings reshape City Architecture and Planning --Expo Culture Center, China Pavilion, Theme Pavilions, Expo Boulevard,
World Expo Center....
But More important is how Expo Expands the Thinking of Shanghai people.
The World’s Creativity – in Design, Technology, Culture and arts – has come to Shanghai.
It’s the Grand Opening of the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion. Celebrating Past and Future.
Respecting What Came Before –And Anticipating What is to Come...
Amazing, this Shanghai… No city is quite like It. Energetic. Adventuresome. Dynamic. Distinct. The Shanghai Spirit is expressed [exemplified] by the saying, “The sea is big because it has a thousand rivers running into it”.
(This represents Openness, Diversity, Fusion and Creativity. ) Shanghai’s Epic Story is Part the Great Blooming of China, and Part the Cross-pollination of East and West.
But the Past is Prelude. Shanghai’s New Epic Story is to become a World City –A leader in Business, Finance, Trade, Science, Technology, and perhaps even Culture.
As China reaches out beyond its borders and across the seas, reclaiming its Role as a Leading Nation and a Great Power, Shanghai is Forging the Future. Leading China today…and Perhaps the world tomorrow. Glimpse the Future today at Expo 2010 Shanghai.