Steven Field was nominated by the Shanghai University of Finance & Economics for a Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal government. The awards ceremony was held on September 4, 2014, at the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel, in Shanghai, China.
“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 enterprising spirit.
Every year [since 1989], 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.”
It is very uncommon for nominees from academia to be selected for a Magnolia Award. This is the first time that someone nominated by Shanghai University of Finance & Economics has been selected. Typically, the honorees are leaders of prominent companies. For example, the expatriates selected this year include top executives of the China branches of GM, Microsoft, eBay, Coca-Cola, Allianz, BASF, and Mitsubishi.
Shanghai is the largest city in China and the largest city proper in the world. In 2012, the population of Shanghai municipality was 23,710,000.
Article from Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri) website.
Article from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics website.
Since 1998, Steven Field has been living in China practicing law full-time, teaching part-time, and engaging in business. The Silver Magnolia is a great honor, and he is most appreciative of all those who made it possible.