04 January 2010

New stories on the US presence at Shanghai Expo 2010

This excellent Jan 2 story in the New York Times by Mark Lander and David Barboza chronicles Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in raising awareness and funds for the USA Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.

This reprint of a 1992 World's Fair editorial by Alfred Heller (with updates and commentary) provides background on the thorny political climate that has hampered the US participating in world expos since around 1990.

Both articles help underscore the importance of US participation in expos and the dramatic accomplishment that the USAP at Shanghai represents. Let us hope this signals a permanent shift back towards the US government furnishing support (both political and financial) for exhibiting at world's fairs on a regular basis.

Photo: Philippe Lopez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images