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November 12, 2019 - 12:00pm
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Professor Gao’s talk lifts out of the dustbin of history the life and career of Liu Liangmo, a talented musician, prolific journalist, and Christian activist. Liu agilely navigated slippery trans-Pacific political and ideological landscapes throughout the World War II and Cold War. After “coaxing the Chinese (civilians and soldiers) into mass signing” and helping to invent the new genre “songs of resistance” to promote national morale and unified resistance against Japan, Liu sojourned to the United States. There, despite close surveillance by the FBI, he formed an unusual alliance with African Americans by contributing a weekly column to the biggest black newspaper “Pittsburgh Courier” and cooperating with Paul Robeson, the world famous singer and actor, in popularizing Chinese songs of resistance. Robeson and Liu brought the future national anthem of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) into global circulation. Meanwhile, Liu traveled more than 100,000 miles to speak and sing about China to grassroots white Americans on behalf of the United China Relief. Later, as a top official representing Protestant denominations in the PRC, Liu helped to bring Christianity into line with the new regime, served China as its authoritative interpreter of the United States, and facilitated the alliance between the PRC and such African American cultural giants as W.E.B Du Bois, Shirley Graham Du Bois, and Paul Robeson.

November 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

James Sören Edgren will provide a comprehensive background to the history of printing in China and East Asia, and it will open up avenues of inquiry for Western historians of Chinese rare books.

November 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute invites you to a presentation with Patrice Poujol on how blockchain technology changes the way films are financed, produced and distributed in China.

November 15, 2019 - 11:30am
Long Beach, California

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is changing life forever in less developed countries throughout the world. Will it trap countries in overwhelming debt, or allow them to participate in globalized trade with modern amenities? How will this massive project impact on California business? 

November 15, 2019 - 4:00pm
Berkeley, California

 Craig Quintero, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, Grinnell College

 SanSan Kwan, Associate Professor, Theater Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

November 16, 2019 - 1:30pm
Los Angeles, California

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A panel of experts will discuss the ongoing human rights crisis in Xinjiang and the challenges faced by the Uyghur people through the lenses of history, international relations, and social justice advocacy.

November 18, 2019 - 3:30pm
Los Angeles, California

In 2015, as part of a program to reform China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs), Guiding Opinions were issued requiring SOEs to amend their corporate charters to formalize and elevate the leadership role of the Chinese Communist Party in their corporate governance. We examine the patterns of “party-building” (dangjian) adoptions in the four-year period from 2015-18. Consistent with prior theoretical predictions, not all SOEs abided by the Guiding Opinions, suggesting the limits of political conformity among Chinese firms. Also consistent with prior theoretical predictions, although privately owned enterprises (POEs) were not subject to the Guiding Opinions, a significant number of POEs, particularly large firms, also amended their charters.
The model provisions on the party’s role in corporate governance circulated pursuant to the Guiding Opinions can be divided into three groups: symbolic, decision-oriented and personnel-oriented. We find wide variation in the pattern of adoptions. SOEs have not uniformly adopted the entire panoply of recommended provisions, further indicating the limits of political conformity in the state sector. SOEs that cross-list on Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in particular, adopt less politically intrusive provisions than others. POEs are far more likely to adopt symbolic provisions than decision-oriented and personnel-oriented provisions, suggesting that the amendments are undertaken to signal fealty to the party without changing substantive corporate governance practices. We conclude by exploring a number of far-reaching implications for Chinese corporate governance raised by the party-building campaign and the wide variety of responses to it by Chinese firms of all ownership types.

Written by: Yu-Hsin Lin, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong and Curtis J. Milhaupt, Stanford Law School

November 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The emperor was at the center of Chinese political theory throughout the imperial period. Sometimes this theoretical position found expression in an announcement to the realm. The First Emperor, for example, made his power known in 221 BCE by means of a widely-distributed inscription in his own voice. My examination of excavated documents the Han central government promulgated in its northwestern border region, however, suggests that the emperors’ theoretical potency was not matched by conspicuous utterance, at least not in those contexts. What emerges instead is taciturnity, constraint, silence. In this presentation, I consider example documents and discuss what the imperial voice in these texts tells us about the nature of rule and rulership in the Han dynasty.

November 19, 2019 - 5:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute and the China-United States Exchange Foundation for a discussion with Chinese and American diplomats about the the state of U.S.-China relations.

November 26, 2019 - 10:00am
San Francisco, California

Chang Dai-chien is one of the most acclaimed Chinese artists of the 20th century. To mark the 120th anniversary of his birth and 47 years since his previous solo show at the museum, we are inaugurating the newly renovated Chinese painting gallery with Chang Dai-chien: Painting from Heart to Hand. Comprising works donated to the museum by the artist, as well as loans from his friends and family, the exhibition spotlights Chang’s groundbreaking modernization of ink painting.