Dominic Ng 吳建民, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bank 華美銀行 and a USC trustee, shares his views.
NYC World Premier of "Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair?"
Senior Lecturer Mina M. Chow, AIA, NCARB is world-premiering her feature documentary FACE OF A NATION "What Happened to the World's Fair?" on November 3-4, 2017 at the 9th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF NY) in New York City.
Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs.
FACE OF A NATION captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values. Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years. She uncovers ignorance, apathy and isolationism culminating in the State Department’s deception to the American public. The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of America’s image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?
Research for the film was launched in 2010 with four (4) USC grants: USC Fund for Innovative Teaching, USC US-China Institute Faculty grant, USC Architectural Guild Dean's Fund, USC Ambassador's Fund. Over $302,000 in grants and donations were raised to complete the film with interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty at the USC School of Architecture, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.
The Architecture and Design Film Festival celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussion and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation's largest film festival devoted ot the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.
Because the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is scheduled for the same week as our “Finding Solutions” conference, a number of China-based participants were forced to withdraw from the conference. We have postponed “Finding Solutions” until April 6, 2018. The focus of the event is still on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement causes. We hope you will be able to join this important discussion on April 6.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Michael Meyer, whose last book in his China trilogy tells a story both deeply personal and universal as he captures what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a presentation by Wei Yen (厳序纬), author and veteran businessman, to examine Chinese outbound investment and how American businesses can take advantage of China’s rise to forge win-win partnerships.