According to Marketplace's China correspondent, the country "Is home to the largest human migration the world has ever known, and its fate has become intertwined with the world's fate. The trick is to make sense of all this."
In the end, Shanghai's World Expo was not an international event. It was orchestrated as a domestic power display, in the same vein as the country's 60th anniversary military parade and this fall's Asian Games.
Arnold would like to think that hosting the 2020 Expo would give California a boost like the one Shanghai is getting now. Like him, I'm rooting for my beloved state to make a comeback. But I'm worried that hosting a World Expo could have a different result.
Yes you read that right, a new trendy club just opened in the Hongchao district of Shanghai, and it is named after the trendy 44th president of the United States. I happened to get myself on the VIP list for opening night, and got the inside scoop.
The US Pavilion offers no vision of the future. Like so many of the busted malls at home that it so closely resembles, the US Pavilion is fragmentary and momentary, not the beacon of hope the Expo hosts expected.