John Pomfret examines the remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
Lee, "A modernist auteur, Edward Yang: The first decade of his film career (1982-1991)," 1995
Chu-Chun Lee, M.A.
This thesis begins with an introduction of Edward Yang and his relationship to the Taiwanese New Cinema Movement. Yang's first thirty-minute film, Expectation, embodies general modernist spirits and foreshadows Yang's full development of modernist characteristics in his four subsequent full-length feature films. By applying general concepts of modernism as outlined by Malcolm Bradbury and James McFarlane and theories of modernist film proposed by Robert Phillip Kolker, William Charles Siska, and Peter Wollen, along with tenets of semiotics, cultural studies, structuralism, and authorship, this thesis analyzes That Day, on the Beach, Taipei Story, Terrorizer, and A Brighter Summer Day through the analysis of theme, narration, manipulation of images, sound effects, lighting, and composition. Since these films illustrate recurrent modernist attributes, this thesis confirms Yang's position as a modernist auteur in the first decade of his film career.
Advisor: James, David E.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.
The USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.