Since I’ve been spending so much time thinking about China recently, I have been paying a lot of attention to the upcoming Shanghai World Expo. I just wanted to take a moment to educate my readers on something which I didn’t know basically anything about until just the past couple of weeks, and that is the World Expo. Apparently it happens every two or three years, in a different city. The purpose for the event is to showcase the world’s various cultural achievements in the arts, science, food, and technology. For some context about how huge it is, the Space Needle in Seattle is a leftover artifact from the World Expo held there in 1962. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is a leftover artifact from the Expo in 1889. According to Wikipedia, “Some critics of the time wanted the tower dismantled after the fair’s conclusion”. Imagine that.
More amazing pictures showing preparations can be found on The Big Picture at the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/shanghai_prepares_for_expo_201.html
So far, China has spent more on the World Expo than they have spent on any other single event in their history, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Imagine that.
Jiao Fellows Program will be doing a program as part of the Shanghai World Expo. Stay tuned!