Teng Biao grew up in a rural village before attending law school at Peking University and focusing on human rights. While his early successes were lauded by the Chinese government, he was later abducted and tortured by police. He fled to the United States with his family and now teaches at Hunter College in NYC.
Global Exchange Program 2008
Film students from the University of Southern California and Communication University of China pair up to create revealing documentaries. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the two universities.
As a part of an innovative partnership between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Communication University of China in Beijing, a handful of students travel across the ocean, pair up with students they've never met or communicated with and then work intensively over six weeks to produce penetrating explorations of various topics.
The program began in 2006 at USC and since then has alternated between Los Angeles and Beijing. At USC, Professors Marsha Kinder and Mark Jonathan Harris launched the project. Generous donations from Stephen Lesser have made the project possible.The USC US-China Institute has also provided financial support for the initiative.
The films have since been screened in both countries, most recently in Orange County as part of the "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival organized by Carnegie Hall and the Orange County Philharmonic Society (click here for images and a video from the screening).
Please click on the links below to see the short documentaries produced by students participating in this collaboration.
Professor Margaret Lewis examined the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with David Zweig to look at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.