We wrote about Thames Town earlier, and it seems that Kristie Lu Stout, armed with her “Shanghai Diary” has taken it upon herself to bore many, many people with her take on what several hundred thousand people have already had their take on. You’ll enjoy this:
With its glittering skyline and a century-old reputation for wheeling and dealing, Shanghai is China’s money metropolis. It’s China’s wealthiest city. It’s China’s leading industrial center. It’s China’s fast-beating commercial heart.
Migrant workers from the countryside flock here to find work, while high-flying international execs check into the towering Grand Hyatt… a five-star gateway to the so-called “billion man market.” Just about anyone with a business plan wants in — making the mainland the world’s most popular target of foreign direct investment.
With such brilliant gems and insightful pearls as:
The Chinese, I’m reminded, are very particular about status and respect. Make the wrong move, and you could sour the relationship.
Kristy — sorry, Kristie — really earns her three weeks at the Shangri-La (we guess). We have also been wondering how she came up with the name “Shanghai Diary“.
We have no sour grapes for Kristie (though we could use three weeks at the Shangri-La). There are plenty of reporters out there who are doing an excellent job, for example Jonathan Watts (even if he did have the impossibly difficult task of filling Jasper Becker’s boots). We just ask when, oh dear Lord when will rehashed, dull and tired articles stop being written. The well has run well and truly dry on articles about dumplings, about China having a “new middle class”, and about anti-Japanese sentiment, as it has run dry on taking black and white photographs of old Chinese men and women pushing carts, or sifting through rubbish bags, or of the Oriental Pearl Tower and posting all one hundred photographs on a free internet photo site.
Sorry. We went off on one there. It’s funny what typing in “Shanghai” on Flickr can do to you. Time to just sit back and wait for the next riveting piece by Stout. What will she come up with next? “Proud parents welcome their new baby daughter — the social demographics are really shifting!” … “Grandmother still lives at home with the family — the Chinese really value age and tradition!”. The anticipation builds …
We’ll leave you with this gem:
“I think Shanghai is the city in China most open to Western developments …”