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.
Timothy Heath, Senior International Defense Research Analyst of The RAND Corporation, discusses the historic context, drivers, and meaning of the governing party paradigm in China.
Watch presentations from the symposium the USC U.S.-China Institute hosted in Shanghai in October 2015. After market shocks, the Xi visit, and the 5th plenum of the CCP and ahead of elections in Taiwan and the U.S., the speakers examined U.S.-China relations and cross-strait ties.
In 2008, in honor of hosting the Olympic Games, Beijing pledged to allow a freer atmosphere for the international press, lifting many long-standing restrictions on the movements and activities of foreign correspondents. However, the year also saw several other traumatic events that reshaped the narrative of the China story, thereby reshaping the experience of the foreign press as well. "Tremors" is an account of what it was like to cover the remarkable year of 2008.
This segment of the Assignment:China series focuses the early years of the new millennium, when China experienced a new kind of social liberalization and the American press corps enjoyed a period of the easing of the worst of the restrictions imposed during the post-Tiananmen crackdown of the 1990s, enabling reporters to dig into Chinese society in ways that had previously been difficult, if not impossible.
This segment in the Assignment:China series focuses on China during the 1990s, when the ongoing crackdown in the wake of the Tiananmen Square protests made it difficult for the American press corps to meet people, travel, or get beyond the stifling bureaucratic obstacles. Reporters and their sources faced continuing surveillance and harassment. However, as the economy took off, the climate for journalists began to improve, and by the late 90s, the China beat entered what one American correspondent described as its "golden age."
The final episode of Assignment China, "Follow the Money" focuses on the behind-the-scenes story of the journalists who during 2012 conducted ground-breaking investigations about China's nouveau riche, and the dramatic, controversial, and often frightening consequences.
For members of the American press corps in Beijing, the 1980's was a period of testing the boundaries, challenging the restrictions on news coverage at the heart of the system, and exploring parts of Chinese society that had long been off-limits. Assignment China: the 1980s tells their story.
This segment of the Assignment:China series explores the nature of the China story during the wake of the 2008 Olympics, as correspondents clashed with an increasingly assertive Chinese government determined that it- not the foreign media- would shape the international narrative about China.
This presentation draws on in-depth interviews in Shanghai to explore how local audiences understand visual expressions of their urban culture, and how their personal experiences shape what people take away from these images of the city.
Shih and Zhang discuss the large government debts that have accumulated in China, especially at the local level and the resources available to the government to meet its obligations and to foster continued economic expansion.
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.