In the Toronto Star, Martin Regg Cohn writes about the soullessness of Shanghai, despite (or because of) the government’s efforts to build it into a world class metropolis: “For all the boasts that Shanghai is China’s hottest, hippest city, the reality for long-time residents is of a city searching for its soul. ‘Shanghai can kill my creativity,’ [artist] New confides on the way to the opening. ‘It’s just a marketplace.’ ” The full story is here.
On a related note, Shanghai just became the first city in China to host a Hooters restaurants. Read about it in AP.