Our "Finding Solutions" conference focused on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs addressing some of China’s most pressing challenges. We had a large and diverse audience participate. Videos coming soon!
Liu Xiaobo and the Future of China
The National Endowment for Democracy hosts a memorial symposium honoring the legacy of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Liu Xiaobo was hopeful about China's future. He famously said in the closing statement at his trial, "China will in the end become a nation ruled by law, where human rights reign supreme." Yet he also feared that if China didn't democratize but instead continued to rise as a dictatorship, "the results will not only be another catastrophe for the Chinese people but likely also a disaster for the spread of liberal democracy in the world." Liu's legacy remains profoundly relevant in our troubled world, and his courageous battle for democracy and against repression merits continued remembrance and celebration.
This issue of the newsletter highlights the women who have been called "China's Oprah" and includes our comprehensive calendar of China-focused events and exhibitions across North America.
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).