Magnolia Awards: An introduction

To recognize the contributions made by expatriates in Shanghai, the city set up the annual Magnolia Awards, named after the municipal flower. 

Shanghai began honoring expats with the Magnolia Silver Award in 1989, and added the gold award and honorary citizenship in 1992 and 1997, respectively. These have been awarded to more than 1,800 laureates over the past 34 years.  

The Magnolia Awards acknowledge the efforts of expats in various fields, including business, education, culture, science and technology. 

Winners include industrial leaders and market pioneers, who have promoted Shanghai's economic development and its international trade and exchanges; scholars who have tackled challenges and made breakthroughs to accelerate Shanghai's efforts in building itself into a global hub of scientific and technological innovation; and philanthropists who are selflessly dedicated to public welfare. 

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