The most recent article I have written is out in the new CanCham March / April newsletter.  My article, “Shanghai’s Great Expectations: Can the World Expo 2010 Revive a Depressed Economy?” is on page 8 in the Special Focus section.

The overall topic of this issue of the newsletter is in fact the upcoming World Expo. I have previously written on this topic in relation to Haibao, the pinipedean Gumby look-a-like Expo mascot, but my new article is less tongue-in-cheek and more about what the real potential for the 2010 Expo really is:

Fast-forwarding to 2010, the Shanghai-hosted World Expo could be a turning point of the economic crisis, or it might be one of the worst-timed major events of the 21st century: When Shanghai opens its doors to the world, China’s economy and that of the world could be on the way to recovery or in the midst of a downturn possibly rivaling the Great Depression.

An animatronic multilingual guide greeted visitors to Aichi's World Expo in 2005I go on to compare it with the last major expo, that of 2005 in Aichi, Japan, which I had the chance to attend given that Nagoya was a city I once called home. The theme of the Japanese pavilions and the overall event was the role of technology in our lives, apt in a demographically-challenged yet high-tech Japan. This contrasts with the theme of Shanghai’s, which is to be Better City, Better Life, basically all about urbanization and sustainable development. I must say, I prefer the idea of a cleaner greener future rather than one in which I am served by robotic guides…

I think that in the end, Shanghai’s Expo will be, much like Aichi’s was, a phenomenal success. Sure, there is the possibility it may not be in the booming China that we have grown accustomed to in the last several years, but I believe it will be a source of new optimism for a brighter future.

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