“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.
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We know that the world is changing fast.
Perhaps few places are changing faster than "my" Shanghai - a huge transformation of the new East part of the city that is known as Pudong from warehouses, wetlands and wasteland in the 1990s into the picture postcard of China's Economic miracle this decade.
Photo: CAPA students and Resident Director Colin Speakman in the economic capital, Shanghai
While this has clearly impacted on, and in some ways transformed, the lives of locals, the reach of some changes has been much further and arguably global in impact. Shanghai, out of China's many mega-cities, is the one with the highest immigrant population from elsewhere in the mainland; the opportunity to study in Shanghai's famous universities and then stay and apply the talents and skills learned in order to contribute to China's "City of Experiment", as it is known, is one factor. Equally, many more basic, essential workers have been needed in construction, retail, transportation and everything else required to keep a city of 25 million going.