Postcards from Shanghai

Postcard from Shanghai
Postcards from Shanghai

Redlands grad writes about her experience serving as a U.S. Ambassador at Shanghai’s World Expo.

Through October, two University of Redlands grads will be in Shanghai greeting the millions of visitors coming through the U.S. Pavilion at the World Expo.

Stephanie Popp and Caitlin McBride, of the Class of 2010, have been serving as U.S. Student Ambassadors for the worldwide exhibition, giving tours in both Mandarin and English of the U. S. Pavilion and helping to receive the visitors during the Expo’s run.

The Student Ambassadors for the Shanghai World Expo were selected from a nationwide competition among undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. university who had achieved at least second-year Chinese language studies.

The competition and the Expo’s U.S. Pavilion are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the competition was administered through the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute—ensuring a highly competitive process, said Professor Jack Osborn, the Hunsaker Chair of Business at the University.

Popp recently penned an article about her time serving as a Student Ambassador for the Xinhua news agency online section, "Postcards from the Expo."

She writes of her experience: “I am using my time as a Student Ambassador as an unparalleled occasion to practice my Mandarin and gain insight into the Chinese way of life. To me this is what the Expo is all about—encouraging interaction and fostering understanding among nations.”

Read her reflections.

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