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.
Video: A Tale of Two Nobels: Liu Xiaobo and Mo Yan
Hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute, Professor Perry Link spoke on April 29, 2013, at the USC Leavey Library Auditorium.
What is the writer's place in China today? What should it be? What responsibilities does a writer have to readers? To the state? To art? To moral principle? China's two recent Nobel Prize winners, Liu Xiaobo for peace, and Mo Yan for literature, offer some contrasting answers.
|Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)||Mo Yan (莫言)|
Perry Link is among the top American scholars of Chinese culture. He previously taught at UCLA and Princeton and now holds the Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside. He publishes on Chinese language, literature, and cultural history, and also writes and speaks on human rights in China. His most recent books are Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair: Chronicling the Reform Movement Beijing Fears Most (2011), An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics (2012), and the co-edited volume Restless China (2013). He's written, edited, and translated many other works and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.
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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.