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USC and China in the News, May and June 2014
June 24, 2014: China Daily
An article about the investment Chinese conglomerate Fosun International made into a Hollywood start-up, Studio 8, included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that while “China has attained high technical levels in film and television, but is still eager to master the story-telling and franchise-building prowess that distinguishes Hollywood today."
June 18, 2014: World Journal 世界日报
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in an article regarding the American Association of University Professors statement calling on universities to cut their ties to Confucius Institutes. Dube said that while Confucius Institutes could supplement a China program with support for language teaching and cultural programs, but that if a Confucius Institute was a university’s China program that it was too narrow.
June 5, 2014: Xinhua via WantChinaTimes
Daniel McFadden, USC health economist (and a Nobel Prize Laureate), was quoted in an article about China’s health care reform efforts. He said, "I know about the efforts to reform the Chinese system. It is a very ambitious and very difficult program that they have undertaken… but I believe they would be very good for the citizens of China and also for the economy as a whole."
June 4, 2014: PRI The World
Mike Chinoy, USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow, was interviewed for a story on how the international media covered the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and crackdown. The story highlights and includes USCI’s Assignment: China – Tiananmen Square, a documentary on American news coverage of the historic 1989 events.
June 3, 2014: CNN
Mike Chinoy, USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow, was interviewed and also contributed an essay about “How covering the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown kicked off the ‘CNN Effect.” Chinoy was CNN’s Beijing bureau chief in 1989. The essay highlights Assignment: China – Tiananmen Square, a USCI documentary series.
June 3, 2014: The Press Enterprise
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and crackdown. The article includes a link to the institute’s Assignment: China – Tiananmen Square documentary.
June 2, 2014: VOA
Al Pessin, one of the reporters featured in the USC U.S.-China Institute documentary Assignment: China – Tiananmen Square, wrote about his experiences as a VOA reporter covering China. The story notes and links to the documentary.
May 30, 2014: ABC
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for a story about how China’s government subsidized tourists to visit Xinjiang, following terrorist attacks there. Rosen said, “I think by and large Xinjiang is safe for tourists, who to the best of my knowledge have not yet been targeted.”
May 20, 2014: China News (china.org.cn)
In an interview with Shanghai Daily, Baizhu Chen, academic director of the USC Marshall/Shanghai Jiaotong Global EMBA program, discussed China’s housing market. Chen argued that a major drop in housing prices in China would not put China’s largest banks at risk. Smaller banks, however, are at risk if a larger portion of their loan portfolio are in home mortgages. Chen, though, doesn’t expect such a large drop in housing prices and is confident that the government would step in to prevent a meltdown.
May 19, 2014: Al Jazeera English
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about what U.S. cyberespionage charges against Chinese soldiers is likely to mean for U.S.-China relations.
May 16, 2014: Vox
Research by USC international relations professor David Kang was cited. In an article about China’s relations with its neighbors, Kang’s 2005 Perspectives on Politics article, the article quotes Kang, "East Asian states actually believe China's claims [that it intends no harm], and hence do not fear — and instead seek to benefit from — China's rise."
May 15, 2014: China Radio International
Mike Patterson of the USC School of Cinematic Arts was interviewed on the state of digital animation in China. Patterson noted that the expansion of screens (computers, phones, and more) has increased the demand for animation.
May 13, 2014: Ozy
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Tiananmen Square was featured in a story. Tiananmen Square is the latest segment in a series on American media coverage of China. Mike Chinoy, then CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and now a senior fellow at the institute, was quoted on the impact of the reporting on audiences in the US, “I think it may have also created this false optimism, these raised expectations that this was all going to have a happy ending and when it didn’t, the reaction in the United States was even stronger.”
May 11, 2014: Singtao Daily (星道日报)
An article about the National Chinese Language Conference included observations Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute made during the opening plenary session. Dube noted that the Chinese government co-sponsored Confucius Institutes were helping to strengthen Chinese language instruction and represented one aspect of U.S.-China educational cooperation. People’s Daily noted that Clayton Dube and USC Architecture Dean Qingyun Ma participated in the conference.
May 8, 2014: China News Network (via China Overseas Network)
A widely reprinted article discussed the National Chinese Language Conference and noted that the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube spoke at the opening plenary session and that USC Architecture Dean Qingyun Ma spoke on California – China economic connections.
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