world expo

Michigan State University student Brisbane Asekome spent her summer serving as a student ambassador at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. As a student ambassador, she was on the front lines of U.S. public diplomacy efforts as the public face of the USA Pavilion 2012.

The International Exposition Yeosu Korea 2012 is now a year away from its opening and its organizers are stepping up the efforts to bring preparations to a smooth close. The event, held under the theme “Living Ocean and Coast” will be held in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province from May 12 to Aug. 12.

Hosting the 2020 World Expo would put the Bay Area and Silicon Valley on the global stage in a very positive way," said Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman. "With its focus on innovation, sustainability and space science, the expo could help cement our reputation for good. Everybody will want what Silicon Valley's got.

The 2010 World Expo may be coming to a close but the ideas it has provided over the past six months are “invaluable” to tackling some of today's biggest challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Shanghai on Sunday.

On October 19, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy's research team in Shanghai released a video conversation focusing on the Swedish pavilion. We all love the idea of Public-Private Partnership in public diplomacy, but always find it easier said than done. Swedish Pavilion Director Annika Rembe discusses the Swedish approach at the Shanghai Expo.

On his China Beat blog this week, Chinese culture scholar and my friend Jeffrey Wasserstrom strongly condemns California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans to host a World Expo in San Francisco's Bay Area in 2020. I agree with Jeff's particular gripes about Schwarzenegger's motives and his (lack of) experience necessary for hosting the 2020 World Expo.

While still barely a gleam in the governor's eye, plans to try to bring the World Expo 2020 to Silicon Valley inched forward Saturday, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally announced his bid during a visit to the Shanghai World Expo and identified Moffett Field as the host site.

May 31, 2010

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