William Overholt argues that as China reaches a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth, Xi Jinping is pursuing the riskiest political strategy of any important national leader. Alternative outcomes include continued impressive growth and political stability, Japanese-style stagnation, and a major political-economic crisis.
Chinese New Year Celebration with the New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic ushers in the Year of the Rooster with a festive concert featuring Puccini’s ravishing Turandot; beloved Chinese folk and art songs; a new trumpet concerto, Joie Éternelle (Eternal Joy); and Ravel’s immortal Boléro — which crescendos into an auspicious new year of good fortune!
Program to Include:
- Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
- Traditional: "A Little Path"
- Adam: "Ah, vous dirai-je, maman," from Le Toreador
- Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
- Chen Qigang: Joie Eternelle (Eternal Joy), for trumpet and orchestra (U.S. Premiere)
- Huang Zi/Arr. Bao Yuankai: "Three Rose Wishes"
- Puccini: "Signore, ascolta!" from Turandot
- Li Qingzhu: "I Live Beside the Yangtze River"
- Ravel: Bolero
- Long Yu: Conductor
- Sumi Jo: Soprano
- Alison Balsom: Trumpet
- Frank Huang: Violin
- Robert Langevin: Flute
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute, the East Asian Studies Center, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a screening of the 1993 Chinese film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (香魂女). It tells the story of a woman in a small village who buys a peasant wife for his mentally disabled son after her sesame oil business becomes unexpectedly successful. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Xie Fei (谢飞).