“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
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