Aynne Kokas, from the University of Virginia, offers an in-depth look at China’s growing role in the global media industries and how it is shaping Hollywood in the twenty-first century.
USC And China In The News, September and October 2016
October 29, 2016: Los Angeles Times
An article about new trends among Chinese restaurants included an interview with USC graduates Tiantian Qiu and Kai Lin. They set up a Sichuan seafood restaurant called Hip Hot. The entrepreneurs, though, are doing what earlier generations of restauranteurs did, tweaking their menu and the dishes themselves, making them less spicy.
October 27, 2016: Washington Post
Erin Baggot Carter, USC international relations specialist, published an op-ed on discussions of the U.S. presidential election in China’s media. She noted that much of the coverage emphasized democracy’s flaws. Chinese media initially paid more attention to Trump than Clinton, though now they both get equal coverage. The coverage tends to favor Clinton, she wrote, “Chinese leaders have begrudgingly cast their lot with the devil they know. This is evident from the propaganda they control, which favors Clinton over Trump.”
October 20, 2016: The China Post
Katharine Harrington, USC vice president for admissions and planning, was interviewed about USC’s recent high placement (15th) among 1,000 U.S. universities in a new Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. She noted that USC was known as having a warm and welcoming campus. Harrington said that USC and Los Angeles were "a microcosm of the kind of world that students will live in no matter where they go after they graduate."
October 19, 2016: The Guardian
For an article about Wanda’s big investments in Hollywood, USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed. Rosen noted that if Wang Jianlin, Wanda’s chairman, owns Hollywood studios, he realizes that inserting “overt communist ideology” into their movies would hurt their brands.
October 18, 2016: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Jack Ma. Ma’s company Alibaba just agreed to partner with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to make and distribute films. Rosen notes that compared to Wanda, “Jack Ma is seen as far more independent, more benign and very comfortable in English.”
October 17, 2016: Bloomberg via the Chicago Tribune
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Chinese investments in the U.S. movie business. Rosen observed that because of the size of the Chinese film market, Hollywood “will make sure it has friendly China elements, and certainly no unfriendly elements… It doesn't matter who owns the company."
October 17, 2016: Variety
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film expert, was quoted in an article about Wanda’s purchase of Dick Clark Productions. Rosen said, “He’s overpaid for a number of assets… It’s always been more than economics. It’s not just about making immediate money. He’s got a long-term vision. He’s willing to overpay for assets to get his name out there as a serious player in Hollywood.”
October 17, 2016: Epoch Times
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s “China Card" conference was summarized, with particular attention to American perceptions of China, security issues, human rights, and the role of trade in fostering change in China.
October 14, 2016: The China Press
The presentation by Shirley Lin at the USC U.S.-China Institute was highlighted. Lin discussed her book Taiwan’s China Dilemma, noting how the economic policies of the Taiwan government fluctuated as different interests mobilized and as Taiwanese self-identity formed.
October 14, 2016: Reuters
An article about the admission of Chinese students to U.S. universities noted that Benson Zhang’s Dipont Education Management Group gave $750,000 through the Council for American Culture and Education to USC to create a program to combat fraud among Chinese applicants.
October 11, 2016: China Daily
In an article about the casting for the live action version of Mulan, Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted. Rosen noted, "I assume that the audience in China will not be happy about an Asian-American actress since it will not likely be someone well known to them."
October 11, 2016: US China Press 侨报
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association and other groups held a meeting at USC to discuss the state of career preparation and guidance for Chinese students studying in North America. A study that is underway now will be released at the CSSA January meeting.
October 10, 2016: People’s Daily
An article about China’s need to strengthen its international messaging, noted the efforts to promote international journalism education at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
October 10, 2016: Inc.
A story profiled USC grad Sterling Wilson. Wilson spent his junior year in China and upon returning to USC, he saw an opportunity to manufacture and sell promotional products sourced from China. He began with cardinal red and gold sunglasses that he sold.
October 3, 2016: China Film Insider
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about plans to make a film about alleged serial killer Gao Chengyong. Rosen said he was surprised about the plans. He said, “In any film about real-life criminals, the bottom line is that the perpetrators not only need to be caught and punished, but the cases should serve as a warning to deter others.” Rosen was similarly quoted in an earlier article on the same film: http://chinafilminsider.com/china-studio-make-chinese-jack-ripper-movie/
September 30, 2016: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute and Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, were quoted in a story about the Dalian Wanda company’s acquisition spree in Hollywood. Dube noted that the company had stressed that it was still learning how to make films and would get push-back if it sought to inject China’s political agenda into films aimed at Western audiences. Rosen noted that some of the company’s critics had made a stir about the firm’s aims.
September 30, 2016: New York Times
USC student Tony Gao was quoted in a story on the fluctuating value of China’s currency. Gao started a business in China, Easy Transfer, in order to help Chinese parents pay for their children’s education in the U.S. Business is down this year, he said, because most parents had already put their money in dollars.
September 29, 2016: The China Press 桥报
Two articles focused on “The China Card” conference held by the USC U.S.-China Institute. The articles summarized views presented by a couple of the presenters including Sun Zhe and Erin Baggott Carter. They noted the participation of Lily Chen, the first Chinese American to be elected mayor of an American city.
September 28, 2016: The Diplomat
John D. Van Fleet, executive director of the USC-Shanghai Jiaotong University Global Executive MBA program, wrote an op-ed comparing Japanese and Chinese notions of their countries as “exceptional.” He argues that no one imagines Japan attacking its neighbors, but notes that several of China’s neighbors worry about China attacking them.
September 23, 2016: Los Angeles Times
In an article about the just announced Wanda and Sony partnership, USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted: “This is feeding into what the Chinese government wants to hear, that Wanda is doing this for patriotic reasons, in a sense, and to promote China as a global player.”
September 11, 2016: China Review News
Many news outlets reported on the dialogue that the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube conducted with famed Chinese author Wang Meng. Wang and Dube’s exchange was at the 2nd Nishan International Forum hosted by the Los Angeles Central Library. Among the topics they explored were the enduring values contained in early teachings and their relevance for Chinese, especially young Chinese today. Dube also asked why those proud of their Chinese heritage in Hong Kong and Taiwan were now overwhelmingly identifying as Hong Kongers, Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese, or Taiwanese Chinese. Other organizations reporting on the conversation included People’s Daily, Sina.com, US-China Press, China Radio International, China Cultural Media, and G&E Channel.
September 9, 2016: CNN
Mike Chinoy, USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow, was quoted by CNN about North Korea’s nuclear test. Of the earlier January test, Chinoy said it was a “real slap in the face” for China. The September 2016 test was twice as large as the January test.
September 6, 2016: KPCC 89.3
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the just announced U.S.-China agreement to combat climate change. Dube noted that the executive agreement represented a positive aspect of U.S.-China ties and addressed a pressing problem not just for people in the two countries, but all over the world. He said that both the U.S. and China were motivated by self-interest to take this action and that realization of the targets in the agreement would depend on both sides continuing to believe that it is in their self-interest to develop technologies and implement policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution levels.
September 3, 2016: US China Press 桥报
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about the G20 meeting held in China. Rosen said that he thought the meeting between Presidents Obama and Xi would focus on economic issues and climate change, two areas described as “win-win.” China, Rosen argued, wanted the event to go well and to be seen as a success as it wants to be perceived as a responsible great power. Rosen noted that as Obama was leaving office, his trade and other agendas, might not be realized.
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