The Shanghai Dream

“We have all heard of the American dream – a land of opportunity for prosperity and success, the Irish Dream – a land for romantic poets living elsewhere. What about the Chinese dream?”

I have always had a fascination with Shanghai, the dream-like city where East meets West, and old meets the new. My grandfather, Qiusi Dong, translated Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield into Chinese when he lived in Shanghai in the 1930s. For me it’s one of the few places that could bridge China and the West, and where new ideas are born.

This summer I went to the Shanghai Book Fair and Literary Festival to re-discover the Shanghai dream – China is keen to understand the world much more so than we realise.

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 7-10 November 2013

The full article was originally published on BookBrunch.


I Have Seen Happiness

You use a red cloth

to cover the eyes, and the sky

You ask what I see

I say, I have seen happiness

– Cui Jian, The Red Cloth

The Chinese art brand X+Q Art is invited for a special exhibition at Paul Smith flagship store in Paris to coincide with the Paris Fashion Week in autumn 2013.

I Have Seen Happiness, is an artwork especially created by the artist Xiang Jing and X+Q Art, personifies youth and innocence, inspired by the song from Cui Jian, the father of Chinese Rock. This sculptural representation of happiness is flocked in a rich red, blue, yellow and green, making it soft to touch. The sculpture embodies happiness, pureness and optimism, inspiring the pursuit of happiness and beauty in this word.

X+Q Art at Paul Smith
October – November 2013
3 rue Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris