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12 local expats honored

SHANGHAI Mayor Gong Zheng presented medals and certificates to the 2021 winners of the Shanghai Honorary Citizenship and Magnolia Gold Award yesterday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the city’s socio-economic development.

American Jeffrey Sean Lehman, vice chancellor of Shanghai New York University, and France’s Jean-Paul Agon, chairman of L’Oréal Group, were the recipients of honorary citizenships, expanding the total number of honorary citizens of Shanghai to 47 since the award was launched in 1997.

“I’m deeply moved to be honored in this way by a city that I admire so much for its commitment to build and strengthen bridges that cross national borders,” Lehman said after accepting the medal and certificate from Gong.

Meanwhile, 10 expats from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan were honored with the Magnolia Gold Award yesterday.

Marie Kieran Waxman, distinguished professor at Fudan University, thanked the city government on behalf of all the recipients.

“We all feel like modern Shanghainese,” she said. “Shanghai is firmly rooted in each of our hearts. From these hearts have grown blossoms that today you have accepted as Shanghai magnolia blossoms.”

Shanghai began honoring expats with the Magnolia Silver Award in 1989 and added the gold award and honorary citizenship into the system in 1992 and 1997, respectively. More than 1,600 awards and honorary titles have been given out so far.


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