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.
Mariko Tamanoi is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles specializing in sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, political economy, gender studies and colonialism and nationalism in Japan and East Asia. She is also an affiliated faculty of the university's Center for the Study of Women and a member of the university's Center for Japanese Studies and Council on East Asian Studies. Professor Tamanoi received her Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1982.
Professor Tamanoi's recent publications include: Dreaming Manchuria: Migration, Colonization, Repatriation and Nostalgia (under review); Crossed Histories: A New Approach to Manchuria in the Age of Empires Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press (2005); "Between Colonial Racism and Global Capitalism: The Japanese Repatriates from Northeast China since 1946" American Ethnologist 30:4:527-538 (2003); "A Road to a Redeemed Mankind: The Politics of Memory among the Former Peasant Settlers in Manchuria" South Atlantic Quarterly 99:1:143-71 (2001); "War Responsibility and Japanese Civilian Victims of Japanese Biological Warfare in China" Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 32:3:13-22 (2000) and "Knoledge, Power, and Racial Classficiations: The 'Japanese' in Manchuria" Journal of Asian Studies 59:2:248-76 (2000).
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.