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2009-2010 USCI Events

Below are some of the many events USCI sponsored in 2009-2010.

May 20, 2010

Click here for the USCI 2009-2010 Documentary Series Schedule.

September 10, 2009

China's Population Challenges


Barbara Pillsbury examines population policy, family planning dynamics and the dilemma of the aging population in China.

Dr. Barbara Pillsbury is a cultural and medical anthropologist, specialized in the design, management and evaluation of socioeconomic development programs in developing countries, especially in Asia. She has worked extensively in China, conducting research, training workshops, evaluations and strategic planning for Chinese governmental agencies and  international organizations including the WHO, United Nations Population Agency (UNFPA) and UNICEF.


September 15, 2009

Student Voices: Summer Programs in China


USC offers a variety of summer overseas study opportunities for students who wish to learn more about China, improve their Chinese language skills, continue their research on Chinese studies, or gain valuable field experience where they can apply what they've learned at USC. Six students who attended six different programs discuss how their time in China enhanced their overall USC experience.


September 17, 2009

U.S.-China Law Enforcement Cooperation



Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Cheng discusses U.S.-China Law Enforcement Cooperation as contacts and ties expand between the two countries. Cheng examines China’s rule of law development, the issues that the two countries have encountered, and what the resolution of these issues might mean to the United States’ understanding of China and development of rule of law in China.

Ronald Cheng served as the resident legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In that capacity he traveled extensively and met with Chinese legal officials and lawyers to discuss legal procedures and other matters. Prior to that posting Mr. Cheng served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and served as acting chief of criminal division and chief of the criminal appeals section.


September 21, 2009

China-U.S. Relationship As I See It


Tao Wenzhao is currently the senior research fellow and deputy director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China.  Mr. Tao’s research focuses on China’s foreign relations in the modern era, history of Sino-American relations and U.S. foreign policy.  He held the post of secretary-general at the Chinese Association of American Studies from 1994 to 2003. 


October 8, 2009

NGO 2.0 China: An Experiment with Social Media

Web 2.0 在中国非政府组织的应用:一次与社会媒体的实验

MIT's Jing Wang speaks at USC on Chinese NGOs in the Web 2.0 Environment.

Professor Jing Wang received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the founder and organizer of New Media Action Lab (NMAL)  – previously known as the MIT International Initiative of Critical Policy Studies of China. Professor Wang also serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of Creative Commons in China.


October 12, 2009

2009 U.S.-China Legal Exchange

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the USC U.S. - China Institute host a senior delegation from China to discuss China's amendments to the Patent Law and draft Telecommunications Law.  It takes place as part of the annual high level bilateral exchange of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and focused, in the past, on China's anti-monopoly law, revisions to partnership law, national security review conducted by CFIUS, and the U.S. regime for protecting and enforcing trade secrets, among other topics. Speakers included Zhang Qiong, PRC Vice Minister of Commerce, Cameron Kerry, Counsel General of the US Department of Commerce, and other officials, law practitioners, and legal scholars.


October 15, 2009

China’s Changing Outbound Foreign Direct Investment Profile


Daniel H. Rosen is an economic advisor specializing in China’s commercial development, and writes and speaks extensively on US-China economic relations. He is the Principal of Rhodium Group (RHG), a specialized practice helping decision-makers in the public and private sectors analyze and understand commercial, economic and policy trends in Greater China.



October 28, 2009

USC/Economist Symposium: Life after 60: What is next for the PRC?

The symposium examined China's next decade of growth. Scholars from various disciplines explored whether China’s growth model would be adequate to accommodate the social, economic and political changes. Speakers included Mary Boyd, Economist Intelligence Unit; Dominic Zeigler, "Banyan" columnist and former China correspondent for The Economist; Arthur Kroeber, Dragonomics; Chen Baizhu, USC; Stephen Harder, Cifford Chance; David Zweig, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Stanley Rosen, USC; Kenneth Jarrett, former US Consul General in Shanghai and now APCO Worldwide; and Clayton Dube, USC.

Co-sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Marshall School of Business, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Office of Globalization, Economist Intelligence Unit



November 9, 2009

When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of Western Civilization


Martin Jacques discusses his new book, which argues that the twenty-first century will be different: with the rise of increasingly powerful non-Western countries, the west will no longer be dominant and there will be many ways of being modern. In this new era of ‘contested modernity’ the central player will be China.

Martin Jacques is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics, IDEAS, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy, and a visiting research fellow at the LSE’s Asia Research Centre. He is a columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesman.


November 12, 2009

China's Urban Poorest and Their Program: Anti-Emblem of Municipal Modernization


UC Irvine's Dorothy Solinger discusses the program entitled the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, colloquially known in Chinese as the dibao, which handles the poorest citizens of China's cities. Installed in 1999, at a time when large-scale state-mandated factory layoffs made the leadership leery of potential unrest, its subtext intention appears by now to be to keep the indigent out of sight.

Dorothy Solinger's field of specialization is Chinese politics with a concentration on political economy. In particular, she has focused on the political decisionmaking and social and political reactions to policy about economic matters.


November 24, 2009

Civil Society with Chinese Characteristics


Song Qinghua is the co-founder and executive director of Beijing Shining Stone Community Action, a civic non-profit organization that provides consulting and training services to facilitate participation-based urban community development in China.


December 3, 2009

Honorable Survivor: Mao's China, McCarthy's America, and the Persecution of John S. Service


The USC US-China Institute presents a talk and Q&A session with Lynne Joiner on her new book, Honorable Survivor, which weaves John S. Service’s extraordinary story into the fabric of a watershed moment in our history when World War II was ending, the Cold War was dawning, and the McCarthy era was beginning.  

Lynne Joiner is an Emmy award–winning broadcast journalist, news anchor, and documentary filmmaker. She is currently a media consultant for Shanghai International TV Channel (ICS-TV). She lives in San Francisco, California.


January 21, 2010

The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa


Professor Deborah Brautigam discusses her book on China's actions and intentions in Africa. Brautigam tackles the myths and realities, explaining what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, how much aid they give, and how it all fits into their "going global" strategy. Drawing on three decades of experience in China and Africa, and hundreds of interviews in Africa, China, Europe and the U.S., Brautigam shines new light on a topic of great interest.

Deborah Brautigam is an Associate Professor of International Development at the American University. Brautigam has been a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Regional Research Award for Africa, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Grant, and has also been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the German Marshall Fund. 

Click HERE to view her presentation.


January 22, 2010

China: The World's Largest Tobacco Market


Dr. Judith Mackay examines China's tobacco market.

Dr. Judith Mackay, visiting USC as part of the Provost Distinguished Visitors Program, was named one of Time’s 100 People Who Shape Our World for her tireless efforts on the global crusade against smoking. Dr. Mackay is senior adviser to the World Lung Foundation/Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use; director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, and senior policy adviser to the World Health Organization. 

Click HERE to view her presentation.


February 11, 2010

Local Environmental Politics in China: Explaining Policies Implementation Gap and assessing its implications


USCI's postdoctoral fellow, Ran Ran, examines China's environmental policies. A paradoxical problem is: on the one side, Chinese authorities show great awareness of environmental problems and provide a high-quality framework for pursuing sustainable development by constructing a comprehensive and modern set of environmental policies. However, on the other side, many of the environmental policies have produced outcomes with little concrete effect. This research defines the difference between the central government’s official environmental policies and these policies’ practical outcomes at the local levels as the “environmental policy implementation gap”. 


February 18, 2010

Backlash for Beijing: A Bumpy Road Ahead for China's Relations with the West


Dr. Bates Gill discusses China's future relations with the West as across the United States and Europe, the mood toward China is souring. China’s economic competitiveness, its claim that its currency is not overvalued, military modernization, and its insistence to define human rights on its own terms all contribute to this trend.

Bates Gill, Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and long-time China-watcher, will delve in to these issues by examining a number of longstanding and stubborn impediments which will hinder cooperation on global challenges between China and major partners such as the United States.

Click HERE to view his presentation.


February 24, 2010

Flexibility in Taiwan’s cross-straits policies and its foreign relations


Huang Kwei-bo and other members of Taiwan's government discuss Taiwan’s policies toward mainland China and on Taiwan’s foreign relations.

Huang Kwei-bo heads the Research and Planning Committee of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is on leave from National Chengchi University where he teaches foreign policy and diplomacy. He also serves as Vice President for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and as a board member of the Cross-Strait Interflow Prospect Foundation. He earned a masters degree at George Washington University and a doctorate at the University of Maryland.

Click HERE to view his presentation.


March 4, 2010

Indian Wine in Chinese Bottles? Can a successful grassroots Indian health care initiative work in China?


Jeffrey Parker, an independent healthcare publisher in Shanghai, reports on training exchanges between the world's two most populous countries. He has developed unique and valuable perspectives on what's wrong with China's healthcare system -- and how some Indian practitioners are able to deliver impressive results despite a per-capita GDP that is roughly half of China's.

Jeffrey Parker has lived in Greater China since 1990, first as a journalist and since 2003 as a publisher. His transition from chronicler of China's historic rise to active proponent of its economic development gives him a unique perspective on the opportunities still opening up in China -- and the challenges facing anyone keen to participate. 


March 11, 2010

Microcredit, The Internet and Community Building in China and Beyond


UC Berkeley’s Tom Gold examines the ways in which the internet is linking people at the grassroots in China to global society, with implications for the changing shape of the business field and social space more generally. This talk uses a case study of Wokai, an NGO based in San Francisco and Beijing, which, using the Kiva model, utilizes the internet to post profiles of potential borrowers to whom donors can target their funds.

Thomas Gold  is professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and a member of the USC US-China Institute board of scholars. He’s the executive director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University. He previously served as chair of Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies and the Berkeley China Initiative. His current work focuses on entrepreneurship, network building, and the ramifications of both for Chinese civil society.

Click HERE to view his presentation.


April 1, 2010

Book Talk: "China Watcher-Confessions of a Peking Tom"

书谈:“中国观察者- 一位北京窥探者的忏悔录”

Richard Baum, distinguished UCLA political scientist discusses his just published memoir. This audacious and illuminating memoir reflects on 40 years of learning about the People's Republic of China through China watching — the process by which outsiders gather and decipher official and unofficial information to figure out what's really going on behind China's veil of political secrecy and propaganda.

Richard Baum is distinguished professor of political science at UCLA. He directed the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies from 1999-2005. He serves on the USCI Board of Scholars and has served on many editorial boards. He is author and editor of eight books on Chinese politics and numerous articles. During his 35 years on the faculty, he has held visiting scholar or professor appointments in China, Hong Kong, Japan,  India, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Click HERE to view his presentation.


April 7, 2010

How Do Chinese University Students Perceive the Political Systems of China and the United States? A Survey of Five Key Universities in Beijing


Professor Chen Shengluo has taught at the China Youth University for Political Science since 1985. He earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at Peking University and his doctorate at Hong Kong Baptist University. Prof. Chen specializes in social surveys and has written extensively on Chinese student attitudes on many subjects, including opinion towards the United States, South Korea, and Japan, and Chinese political reform. Prof. Chen is completing four months as a visiting scholar at the USC East Asian Studies Center.


April 8-10, 2010

Cultural Dimensions of Visual Ethnography: U.S.- China Dialogues


A symposium featuring the screening of several ethnographic films and extensive discussion of visual ethnography by Chinese and American scholars, documentary filmmakers and new media practitioners. Speakers included Mayfair Yang, UCSB; Jia Tan, USC; JP Sniadecki, Harvard; Fei-mei Herberer, USC; Maris Boyd Gillette, Haverford College; Gary Seaman, USC; Zhifang Song, USC; Dru Gladney, Pomona College; Yang Hui, Yunnan University; Kenneth Dean, McGill University; Wu Wengong, Beijing Documentary Project; Eugene Cooper, USC; Zhuang Kongshao; Deng Qiyao, Beijing Documentary Project; Louisa Schien, Rutgers University; and Meiling Cheng, USC.

Co-sponsored with the USC Center for Visual Anthropology


May 5, 2010

The DPJ's New (but failing) Grand Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance, Sino-Japanese ties, and East Asian regionalism

日本民主党的新近 (但失利)的安全战略对美日同盟,中日关系,以及东亚区域主义的启示

Christopher Huges (University of Warwick, visiting professor at Harvard University 2009-2010) spoke on The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration came to power in September 2009 promising new directions in Japanese foreign and security policy. The DPJ thus far has been heavily criticized for the opacity of its foreign policy, and appears to have precipitated a mini-crisis in U.S.-Japan relations, especially over U.S. base facilities. This talk dissects the DPJ's policy asking what is new in its strategic thinking, how the DPJ has thus far sought to chart a new course in ties with the U.S. and China and its impact on East Asian regionalism, but also what are the international and domestic obstacles these policies are already encountering.

Co-sponsored with the USC Center for International Studies and East Asian Studies Center.


May 6-7, 2010

Intergeneraional Family Support for Chinese Older Adults: New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society



Two-day international conference focusing on trends and issues associated with the care of China's elderly. Keynote presentations were by Du Peng, director of research at Beijing's Renmin University and Pan Yi, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Additional presentations were by Lindsay Baker, USC; Chen Feinian, North Carolina State University; Chen Gong, Peking University; Chen Sanjun, CASS; Iris Chi, USC; Pamela Krochalk, California State University, Dominguez Hills; Li Yawen, San Diego State University; Lin Ju-ping, National Taiwan Normal University; Man Guo, USC; Merril Silverstein, USC; Song Xinmin, Zhang Weijuan, CASS.

 Co-sponsored with the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the School of Social Welfare.


This does not include USCI scholars' guest lectures and conference presentations elsewhere. Nor does it include closed sessions in our professional development programs for teachers and others.

2012-2013 Events

2011-2012 Events

2010-2011 Events/Documentary Series

USCI also organizes programs for K-12 educators. Proceed to the K-12 Curriculum section of our website for more information.