Shanghai wants to see happy faces
After some hard calculations from 50 industrial experts and months long studies, a group of political advisors have come up with the newfangled idea that quality of life should guide Shanghai’s development into the future. Apparently, the idea of looking beyond GDP as the sole indicator of a city’s “happiness” deserves a long feature in The Global Times.
The four new categories to judge Shanghai would be humanity, innovation, environmental protection, and internationalization-all big words with wide room for interpretation that would require leaps and bounds to actually become fulfilled.
Netizens recently selected Shanghai as the number one most stressful city for men as they are unable to find wives and make enough dough to afford a suitable home in this fast-paced and ever evolving city.
Don’t forget also, China is at the bottom of the ladder in terms of charitable donations and activities. Even the act of just helping out a stranger had only 28 percent of the population reporting to have done so. If that statistic works for the entire country, then Shanghai must go a long way to earn a smiley face for the humanity index.
And let’s not even get into environmental protection. Though the aspirations are high with an array of initiatives, ads, and slogans to rally people around the cause with programs such as the construction of nine “eco-corridors” and implementation of a e-waste recycling program, tap water remains undrinkable and a coat of smog continues to envelop the city.
At least it’s promising that Shanghai is even proposing to add these four non-economic considerations in their evaluation of the city’s continuing urbanization. But we wouldn’t hold our breaths – it’s still just an idea floating around. Municipal government authorities have not yet approved anything.