Mickey Mouse in China

Mickey Mouse Comes To China

More proof that the world is getting smaller.  Mickey Mouse is coming to China.

I don’t put that much faith in the world’s governments wanting to get along better, but I have a great deal of faith that the citizens of the world do.

Everyday we are more and more connected to each other.  You will find products from all over the world sold in the markets in every country.  Through the miracle of the Internet we can communicate with people from all over the world.  The more we interact, the better we get to know each other, and the more we learn we all have the same dream of a better world for our children.

How many other countries do you think you have communicated with people from, in any manner, this year?  Which countries?

How many different countries do you think you have visited over your life?

From the article from the NYT, by Brooks Barnes

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/04/business/global/04disney.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

“After a courtship of about 20 years, the Walt Disney Company has won approval from the central government of China to build a Disneyland-style theme park in Shanghai, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said Tuesday.

The agreement for a Shanghai Disneyland is a landmark deal that carries enormous cultural and financial implications. Analysts estimate the initial park — not including hotels and resort infrastructure — will cost $3.5 billion, making it one of the largest-ever foreign investments in China.

The initial resort, with a mix of shopping areas, hotels and a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, will sprawl across 1,000 acres of the city’s Pudong district — with the theme park occupying about 100 of those acres. It would be a little bigger than Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and on par with the parks in Paris and Tokyo. It is expected to open in five or six years.

Disney’s plans are ambitious: If further development of the resort happens as expected over the coming decades — still a big if — it will encompass more than 1,700 acres and have a capacity rivaling Disney World in Florida, which attracts about 45 million annual visitors.

The company’s goal is to create an engine that will drive demand among China’s 1.3 billion residents for other Disney products, from video games to Broadway-style shows to DVDs. Disney typically relies on the creation of new Disney TV channels to pump its brand abroad, but China’s limits on foreign media have made that impossible. The approval, notably, did not come with concessions from China on the television front.

Mr. Iger called the approval “a very significant milestone” in a statement, taking care to praise China as “one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world.” A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on details. Throwing open its doors to such a uniquely American — and permanent — entertainment experience is a milestone for China, which has aggressively protected its culture from Westernization in general and Hollywood in particular. Only 20 non-Chinese films are allowed to be shown in theaters each year, for instance, and those are often edited.

“Disney, perhaps the most iconic American brand of all, is supercharged in this department,” said Orville Schelll, director of the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations.

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