Millions upon millions upon millions of people, whether Asian or European, short or tall, Jews or Gentiles, expatriates or citizens, foreigners or locals, socialists or conservatives attended grand and lavish parades organized by national governments all over the world to celebrate the birthday of the 2013 Shanghai Expat of the year, Paul Rudkin, as the photos below show.
North Korea and South Korea competed to see who could hold the most elaborate celebration to mark his birthday.
In Beijing, the portrait of Chairman Mao at Tiananmen Square was taken down and replaced by a portrait of Rudkin. A million Chinese packed the Square to show their approval of the decision.
In Shanghai, the city that Rudkin now calls home, millions of Shanghairen donned elaborate costumes and paraded through the streets to honor its 2013 Expat of the Year on his birthday.
In England where Rudkin was born, the Queen knighted Rudkin and the Queen’s own guards sung Happy Birthday to England’s newest knight.
Sir Paul did not get to celebrate the day however. In an exclusive interview with the blogger AKIC, he said, “I have to support a colleague in Wuxi and so it looks like I will be working on my birthday again!”