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Erin Ennis - American Perceptions of the Business Climate in China

Erin Ennis spoke at the conference Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other, hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute, on the topic of business.

November 10, 2013

About the Speaker

Erin Ennis has been Vice President of the US-China Business Council since 2005. She directs the Council's government affairs and advocacy work and oversees its business advisory services on behalf of its 215 member companies. Prior to this, she worked on trade matters at Kissinger McLarty Associates. In the 1990s, Ennis worked at the Office of the US Trade Representative and as a legislative aide to Senator John Breaux. She's a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Catholic University of America.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other

What do Americans and Chinese "know" about each other and how do they know it? What images do they have of each other's society and state? Where do these images come from? Why do some endure and others change? How do images vary with age and other factors? How do these perceptions affect the decisions and actions of governments, businesses, civic groups, and individuals?

On November 1-2, 2013, leading academics gathered with pollsters, journalists, diplomats, and entertainment industry practitioners to explore these questions and questions and others at a conference hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute.

Polls suggest that a slight majority of Americans believe that the values of Chinese and Americans are so different that cooperation to address international problems is impossible. Most Chinese feel the U.S. is working to constrain China's continued rise. Americans and Chinese have increasingly negative impressions of each other's countries. Yet, we are visiting each other's countries more than ever before, becoming ever more intertwined, and are working cooperatively in many different ways to address pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. At the conference we examined how these exchanges affect perceptions along with the even more powerful role played by new and old media, popular entertainment, and political discourse.