I have been in Shanghai for the last two days, and have been amazed by the blue skies, sunny days and starry nights, which locals chalk up to the typhoon on the way to Korea and a depressed economy. I’ve met with faculty and prospective students at East China University of Political Science & Law and Fudan University, as well as attended a gala charity event for the environmental NGO Shanghai Roots and Shoots. But perhaps most overwhelming about Shanghai is that it feels more like L.A. than the China I have been accustomed to.

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