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Chinese American Film Festival 2012 - Chinese Screen and Modernity 中国镜像与现代性

The USC U.S.-China Institute and the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture present a panel discussion on the film industry in China and its impact on the American market.

November 8, 2012

In 2011, the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC) conducted a survey of international views toward Chinese cinema. The AICCC concluded that foreign audiences simply don't understand Chinese films and culture. To discuss this, AICCC selected five films that provided popular in China. At USC five AICCC scholars will discuss these films and other issues with American specialists.


Jointly established by Beijing Normal University and International Data Group (IDG) , the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture aims to introduce and disseminate Chinese culture worldwide more effectively and contribute to a harmonious world culture through solid, in-depth research and art works with Chinese characteristics by effectively integrating resources from Beijing Normal University, IDG, relevant government departments, enterprises, non-profit organizations and communities.


Clayton Dube (杜克雷) has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute since it was established by USC President C.L. Nikias in 2006 to focus on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. Dube has produced two documentary films and consulted on several others. He’s currently heads a USCI team producing the six-part Assignment: China documentary series on American media coverage of China since the 1940s. He writes USCI’s popularTalking Points newsletter. He is frequently called upon by American and Chinese broadcast and print media to comment on current affairs.



Stanley Rosen is a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society and was the Director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences from 2005-2011. The author or editor of eight books and many articles, he has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, and film and the media. In addition to his academic activities at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted eleven delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations, and consulted for a number of private corporations, film companies, law firms and U.S. government agencies.

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Jason E. Squire, professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, teaches movie business, case studies and screenwriting. Squire’s groundbreaking research on business aspects of entertainment helped establish “movie business” as a distinct area of academic study. After a career as an executive at United Artists, 20th Century-Fox, Avco Embassy and with producer Alberto Grimaldi, Squire joined USC’s faculty. He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and appeared on CBS, NPR, Newsweek On Air, PSB (Korea), NHK (Japan) and China Radio International. 

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Richard Anderson graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.  In addition to his Special Achievement Oscar for Sound Editing on RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), he was also nominated for both POLTERGEIST (1982) and DAYLIGHT (1996). He also won an Emmy for his work on AMAZING STORIES (1985) as well as Golden Reel Awards for PREDATOR (1987) and THE LION KING (1994).  More recently, he has been writing and directing films in China, including “Temujin”, the story of Genghis Khan in 3D. 

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Robert Rosen is a professor, critic, preservationist and Dean Emeritus of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has spoken at scholarly, public, and professional meetings in more than twenty nations on subjects related to film criticism, media history, film and television production and curatorship. He has guided the growth of the UCLA Film & Television Archive from a small study collection to the world’s largest university-based holding of original film and television materials and has occupied many positions of leadership in the field.

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Huang Huilin is the foundinng director of AICCC. She was the Director of the Film, Television and Theater Research Center of Beijing Normal University, a standing member of the Arts Education Committee of the Chinese Ministry of Education, chairperson of the Film and Television Education Committee of the Chinese Association of Higher Education, and Vice Chairperson of the Research Association of the History and Theory of Chinese Drama. As a senior professor at Beijing Normal University, Huilin Huang is the founder of the first Film Ph.D. program in China and the founding Chairperson of the School of Art and Communication of Beijing Normal University.

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Huang Shixian graduated at Peking University in 1961. Huang is Professor Emeritus of the famed Beijing Film Academy (since 1961). He is also Vice Chair of the Chinese University Association for Film & TV Studies(since 1989), and a board member of the Film Critics Association of China. He is a jury member of many film festivals.  Professor Huang was among a group of six specialists asked by “Asia Week” magazine in 1999 to choose the 100 best Chinese films of all time. Huang is also a Research Fellow at the East Asian Studies Center at the University of Southern California (since May 14, 2001 up to 2006). In February 27, 2011, Professor Huang Shixian won the very first "2011 Bridging Cultures Award" on 17 Annual` Sedona International Film Festival.

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Ding Yaping is Director of Film and Television Art Research Institute, Chinese National Academy of Arts; Professor and supervisor of postgraduate candidate. He has guest professorship of Film and Television Art College, at the Communication University of China. He is also a member of the film censorship committee of the State Administration of Radio Film and Television. Ding received his B.A. and M.A. in Chinese Literature in 1982 and 1987 from Suzhou University and the Communication University of China. He received his Ph.D in Film Study from Chinese National Academy of Arts in 1996.

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Chen Xihe graduated from The Arts Academy of China with a master degree and The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. degree and served as a research fellow and deputy director at Research Department of China Film Research Center (Beijing) in the 1980’s, and now is a professor and deputy dean at School of Film and TV Art and Technology, Shanghai University,and the Vice-Chair of Asian Cinema Studies Society.


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Zhang Tongdao is a professor at School of Arts and Media, Beijing Normal University. He is also a documentary maker and won awards like Top ten film directors of Beijing 2010, Golden Panda Award of Sichuan TV Festival 2009, New Century Talent of China Education Department 2006, Association of Chinese Arts and Literature Award 2003, Golden Egal Television Festival Academic Award first class 2002, Huo Yingdong Young Teacher Award 2000.


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Sherwood Hu is the president of the Film & Television Academy of Shanghai Theatre Academy.




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