Magnolia Silver Award recipients pose for photograph during
the awards ceremony yesterday.
Fifty-eight expatriates were awarded the Magnolia Silver
Award by the city government yesterday for their
outstanding contributions to Shanghai's
At a ceremony yesterday evening, they were given a
certificate and a medal by Li Mingjun, director of the
Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office.
The recipients were from 17 countries in Asia, Europe,
Africa and Americas, the foreign affairs office said.
The foreigners represented various professions, including
business leaders, technicians, managers, teachers and
"We really appreciate the efforts you've made for
the city's economic and social development," Li
said at the ceremony.
"These achievements would never have been possible
without the participation of expatriates, particularly the
Magnolia Award winners."
Speaking on behalf of all the recipients, Steven Weathers
from the United States said in his bilingual speech that
he's been very impressed with the city's beautiful
sights, delicious cuisine and warmth.
"Shanghai residents have given us heart-felt
hospitality," he said. "Simply put, Shanghai is
Weathers is a video producer, TV host and a lecturer at Xie
Jin Film and Art College of Shanghai Normal University.
He came to Shanghai about six years ago and immediately
fell in love with the city.
"Shanghai's skylines are unmatched by any city in
the world," he said. "The fast public
transportation and clean sidewalks are all welcoming to
those who enter the city.
"It's a stunning place where everything comes
together: the creek, the river, the past, and the
future," he said.
Shanghai began presenting the Magnolia Awards in 1989 in
recognition of expats' hard work and achievements. A
total of 856 expats have received the reward over the past
Every year, candidates are recommended by various
organizations in the city.
The list is reviewed and the winners short-listed by the
awards committee before it is approved by the Shanghai
Foreign Affairs Office.
The Magnolia Award is a municipal honor given to
expatriates for their outstanding contribution to the
city's economic, social or cultural development and the
white magnolia, whose petals always look skyward, is the
city's flower, symbolizing a pioneering and