A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Documenting the Global City Project, Beijing 2009 -- The Jianghu Session 江湖
Collaboration between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Communication University of China yields films exploring contemporary life in Beijing and the surrounding countryside.
USC film student Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Communication University of China student Jane U produced this look at the interchange between a hip hop artist from Los Angeles and another from Beijing. They describe Jianghu 江湖 as referring to chaos, the wild west.
This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.
Other films from the
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.