By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by
reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which
is easiest; and third by experience, which is the
-- Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
Contemporary China is a Pandora’s box of
surprises, mysteries, and contradictions. A Chinese
born and U.S. naturalized middle-aged woman once
remarked to me: “Life is hard in China.” Is it?
Perhaps. Devastating earthquakes, chemical spills,
diseases (SARs/Swine flu), competition for jobs,
corruption, education, quality of life, rural/urban
conflict, ethnic strife, growing wealth inequality,
government intervention and control, political
movements, and more typify life in China today.
“In China, when you’re one in a
million, there are 1,300 other
people just like you.”
• China has 118 mega-cities with a
population of one million plus. Shanghai is
the largest with 17 million.
• The U.S. has 9-10 cities with one million
population. New York City is the largest
with 8.3 million.
• Number of college graduates per year
– 1,750,000 USA
– 6 million plus China
• Educators in China are quite uniformly
held in high esteem.” 31
• Over 430 million Internet users in China
• 271 billionaires in China
• 18 million autos sold a year, making China
the world’s largest auto market
Do you think this is Sydney? This is QingDao of China
Jinan (5.6 million) in Shandong
Province (91 million)
Unlike many cities in China with long and varied
histories, Shanghai's history is quite short. The British
opened a concession in Shanghai after the first Opium
War and ignited Shanghai's evolution. Once a small
fishing village on the edge of the muddy Huang Pu
River, it has become one of the world's most modern
and sophisticated cities.
• 16.7 million population (2000 census)
now estimated at 20 million
• Business & Financial capital of China?
• Communist Party established May 1920
Do you think this is London?
This is Shanghai of China