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.
Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia
Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.
- Bryan Averbuch, CUNY
- Dora Ching, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University (moderator)
- John Guy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)
- François Louis, Bard Graduate Center
- Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
- Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum, New York (moderator)
- Liu Yang, The Minneapolis Institute of Art
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).