“Comparisons of Shanghai with New York, Tokyo, Paris, and London are all valid. All are financial and commercial centers. All are cities of immigrants. All are centers of the arts, academia, and culture. They are the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities on Earth.”
Patrick Cranley is a widely published expert on the history and development of Shanghai. Having studied China’s business, politics, and culture for over 30 years, Patrick speaks frequently on his areas of expertise. In recent years he has narrowed his focus to the history, architecture, and urban development of his home since 1997, Shanghai. Patrick ran China’s operations of CIGNA Corporation before establishing his own strategy communications firm, AsiaMedia, in 2001.
He served as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, including a year as its Chairman. In 1998, Patrick helped to found Historic Shanghai, which organizes events for the local community. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a board member of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies.