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China café: the Shanghai Expo

The Shanghai Expo is attracting people from across the country. It seems my kids are a draw too

By Mark Kitto   September 2010

In my previous career, as a Shanghai-based publisher of English-language magazines, I banned my editors from using the word expat. It implied a sense of “them and us” which I despised. Nor did I much respect members of the “international community” (as I preferred to call them) who spent their summers back home.

We live and learn. I’ve just returned to China after my longest-ever summer break in Britain, and I now eat my words about expats. My holiday has left me feeling more refreshed than I have felt in years, mainly thanks to the pleasure (particularly acute for…

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