In the long-running debate over “nature vs. nurture,” some of the best evidence arises from the somewhat savage activities that appear to be universally shared among the male of the species. Over many millennia, the Chinese have codified these activities simply and succinctly: 吃喝嫖赌抽 (eating, drinking, whoring, gambling and smoking - the five major food groups). This month, Historic Shanghai’s Patrick Cranley will review these behaviors in the context of old Shanghai’s unique hybrid culture, where West and East have met and produced some compelling evidence in this enduring debate.
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.