This issue of the USC US-China Institute's Talking Points newsletter highlights auto industry links between the U.S. and China. It also includes our comprehensive calendar of China-focused events and exhibitions across North America.
USC and China in the News, September and October 2015
China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
September 1, 2015
October 29, 2015: CNBC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the Chinese Communist Party’s just completed 5th Plenum. Dube focused on the reform of the family planning policy and the restructuring of the Chinese economy.
October 29, 2015: KPCC
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the impact of China’s government decision to relax its family planning policies. Dube discussed why the policy was changed and argued that the change would have little impact on the country’s demographic future. He noted that most of China’s increasingly urbanized and better educated population was little inclined to take on the financial challenges associated with raising additional children. He noted that most families who wanted a second child were already finding ways to have them.
October 13, 2015: Space News
A story on China’s space station featured Zhou Jianping 周建平, the chief designer of the country’s manned space program. Zhou was a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California in 1993-95.
October 8, 2015: China Daily
A story about the attitudes of Chinese Americans toward investing included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube noted that the CTBC survey showed that many Chinese Americans value companies with systems in place to develop innovative products and services.
September 29, 2015: Fortune
Baizhu Chen of the USC Marshall School of Business published an op-ed arguing that worries over China’s stock market fall are overblown. He wrote, “The correction of its stock market this year is not necessarily an indication of some serious problems in China’s economy. Its stock market will not drag down its GDP growth rate, given that less than 15% of Chinese household financial assets are in the stock market. What’s more, margin loans are less than 2% of total bank assets.”
September 25, 2015: Reuters
Nicholas Cull of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was interviewed for an article about a video distributed by Chinese state media featuring foreign students talking about Xi Jinping. He said that the video is an attempt to show that China’s leader has the star power attributed to others. He noted that the use “"of foreign students gives the video a sense of fashionability, 'hip-ness' and a pretence of cool."
September 25, 2015: KNX
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the cybersecurity pledges made by Presidents Obama and Xi.
September 23, 2015: Straits Times
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted as saying that National Security Advisor Susan Rice had signaled that “"while President Xi can expect a polite reception, President Obama and others will be blunt in expressing discontent" with Chinese policies and actions.
September 22, 2015: KCRW
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube appeared on the syndicated “To the Point” program to discuss high tech industries and U.S.-China relations. Dube noted that China’s government has often been able to mobilize American companies to lobby Washington to maintain stability in U.S.-China relations. At the same time, business wants Washington to help open China’s market and to protect businesses’ intellectual property.
September 22, 2015: Los Angeles Times
In an article about tech companies and China, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted. Dube noted that many of America’s tech companies might have enjoyed success in China were they permitted in to compete.
September 21, 2015: LA Downtown News
Rodney Ramcharan of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate was quoted in an article about how the economic downturn in China may result in increased investment from China in Los Angeles. He said, “Instead of sitting on that, maybe you quickly put your money into U.S. bonds, equities and properties.”
September 21, 2015: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in a story about the upcoming visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the U.S. Dube said that US-China relations were at their lowest point in a decade and that the American business community, heretofore a staunch advocate on a light approach to China, was now pushing for the U.S. to take a firmer line on a number of issues including market access and cybersecurity.
September 20, 2015: Xinhua News
David Craig of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was interviewed for a story about the increasing importance of the China market for Hollywood. Craig, said that the Asia and especially Chinese portion of a film’s total box office revenues may reach 40%.
September 17, 2015: KPCC
USC's Lisa Schweitzer was quoted in a story about the prospect of a Chinese firm being part of a group building a high speed train line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
September 16, 2015: CCTV
The premier U.S. screening of the popular Chinese documentary Mr. Deng Goes to Washington was held at USC on September 15. This news report on the screening included comments from director Fu Hongxing and Clayton Dube of the USC U. S.-China Institute. KSCI Ch. 18 also broadcast a story about the screening.
September 14, 2015: China Daily
In an article published ahead of the premier US screening of Mr. Deng Goes to Washington, Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted. He noted that there was immense interest in America in 1979 when Deng Xiaoping became the first Chinese leader to visit. He said that the film humanizes the Chinese leader, who was 74 at the time of the visit and caught a cold by the end of the hectic trip.
September 14, 2015: KPCC
An article about the increasing use of weibo, the Chinese social media platform, included comments from Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. "Because the San Gabriel Valley has absorbed so many migrants from China," said Dube, "it’s natural that agencies, including police departments, would want to be able to reach out on a platform that many Chinese are already using.”
September 14, 2015: Computer Graphics World
An article focused on the work of Teng (Eric) Cheng, a USC Cinematic Arts student from China. Cheng won a silver medal at the 2014 Student Academy Awards for his film “Higher Sky.” The film included elements of Chinese culture and aesthetics, including animation using brush strokes and watercolors.
September 10, 2015: Pasadena Star-News
An article reported on a new exhibition at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The exhibition “Reshaping tradition: Contemporary ceramics from East Asia” features several artists from China, including Liu Jianhua, Ai Weiwei, and Ah Xian. Curator Yeonsoo Chee was quoted: “[Ai Weiwei’s] questioning the authenticity of history, and he’s questioning the financial value of the objects because the works are now completely covered with this paint…. The history is still there, but it’s covered or erased. So he’s questioning how contemporary society puts too much weight on these cultural relics without knowing what the implications are.”
September 9, 2015: China Daily
USC psychology professor Daphna Oyserman’s research into the psychological well-being of China’s “left behind” children (those left in the countryside when parents migrate to cities for work) was the focus of an article. Oyserman and Southwest University’s Bi Chongzeng found that such students performed better at school if they imagined themselves in the future and developed strategies to become those people.
September 6, 2015: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was cited in an article about “broken deals” between Hollywood entities and Chinese ones. Rosen noted that from the Chinese perspective, the aim isn’t profits, but learning about the industry. He said, "Making money is not necessarily the most important thing right now — it's to learn the industry. Because most people in China will tell you there isn't an industry the way there is in Hollywood…. They want to learn everything they can about the business until they don't need you anymore.
September 3, 2015: International Business Times via Yahoo News
An article about the Chinese government approving screenings of a film featuring a gay relationship quoted an article in US-China Today, a web magazine published by the USC U.S.-China Institute.
September 2, 2015: BYU Radio
USC international relations specialist Daniel Lynch was interviewed about his book, China’s Futures, and potential economic problems for the country. He noted that many Chinese economists used “pretty strong language to warn China’s leaders what would happen if we don’t change our course.”
September 1, 2015: KCRW
USC historian Jacob Soll participated in a discussion about the meaning of the Chinese stock market collapse. Former USC journalism professor Mei Fong also participated. Soll wrote about this in “China: The new Spanish Empire?” He argued that foreign investment depends on trust toward the Chinese government and that it must have 8% growth in order to survive. Fong argued that China is becoming less transparent and more repressive.
September 2, 2015: The China Press 侨报
USC’s Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) held an event where officials from the Los Angeles Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China and an attorney spoke about student security concerns. Most of the attendees were students who had just come to the U.S. China News Net also carried a story about the event.
September 1, 2015: Wall Street Journal
Research by Yongxiang Wang of the USC Marshall School of Business was highlighted in an article about workplace safety. Between 2008 and 2013, companies that enjoyed good political ties had workplace death rates that were two to three times higher than those without political connections. "If you have good connections, you can save on costs. You can try and bypass regulations and you don’t have to build such safe facilities," Wang wrote.
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November 23, 2017
The Thanksgiving 2017 issue of Talking Points reviews Chinese doubts about the taste of turkey, TV pioneer Joyce Chen, and offers two poems. And we offer our comprehensive calendar of China-focused events and exhibitions across North America.