Weekly Roundup: Nagen Comes to Shanghai, China’s Great Migration, Nanjing Mayor On MSN, & Jack Nicklaus on What China Needs

Monday, April 21, 2008 6:33
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 3 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

New Orleans invites Shanghai to help reconstruction

Last year while attending the Hands On Network conference, I was struck not only by the level of destruction, but also by the fact that in the time between the hurricane and my visit little had been done. Perhaps I am jumping to conclusions, but as I had spent the previous 5 years watching dozens of building erected, I knew that if New Orleans were Shanghai… it would not have taken so damn long to see real progress… so, it is interesting? sad? good to see Mayor Nagel has come to Shanghai to how we do it over in the Hai.

China’s Great Migration
Slate has put up a very interesting three piece article on Chinese immigrants to the U.S. that should be read by everyone. Recently returning from vacation in Italy, we listened (ok.. we were eves dropping) as two workers told their tale of how they made it into the E.U. through the use of a snake head (smuggler), and this story offers an interesting background on that as well. In the end, what I found the most interesting, is that because business in China is booming it appears that many are choosing to stay in China rather than take the risks so many before them did.

Nanjing mayor will regularly talk with public on-line
4 years back, I was fortunate to meet the then Xuhui district Mayor Sun Chao. He as considered a visionary by many as he was not only part of the overseas educated, he opened his office to anyone everyone through email and an online voting process to assess his success. I believe he told me (us) that we had received 14,000 votes in the first day/ week (sorry.. memory not 100%). following in his footsteps, is now the Mayor of Nanjing.. and I would say that this is just one more anecdote to support those who say China’s government is becoming more open and more healthy channels for change are being created

China should invest in golf, says Nicklaus
One thing I love about China is that everyone thinks it needs something. Paulson thinks China needs a freely floating currency, GM thinks it needs cars, and now Jack Nicklaus thinks China needs more golf courses… and given the fact that China is short of water, and China is already having issues with farm land being converted into city, I must agree. Or maybe let’s just let China conserve its water? and use its land for growing biofuel stock?

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