This year's Joseph Levenson Book Prize goes to the 2021 work making "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China."
Global Exchange Program 2020
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On June 15th, 14 students from the Communication University of China in Beijing and USC's School of Cinematic Arts met each other for the first time on Zoom. They pitched ideas, formed global collaborations, and began researching their chosen subjects - ranging from immigration, life during COVID-19 times, and familial and romantic love.
- Yong Lee, Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television, CUC
- Jing Wang, Associate Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television, CUC
- Pablo Frasconi, Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, School of Cinematic Arts
- Yutong Liu, Student Assistant
USC Course Benefactor: Stephen Lesser
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Abroad (11 minutes)
By Yichen Zhu and Sarah Liu
Amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese international students confront unforeseen virus challenges and government policy restrictions that drastically affect their approaches to their everyday lives.
Two Grandchildren, Two Grandmothers (15 minutes)
By Alice On and Henry Chen
Two students - one lived in America and the other in China - spend an afternoon listening to their grandmothers' stories and discover their families' histories.
The Industrial Cycle (10 minutes)
By William Higbie and Even Wang
A poetic documentary exploring urbanized and post-industrialized landscapes. The documentary explores how humans try to conquer nature in a Chinese city named Da; and how nature conquers fortgotten urban spaces in Detroit. It's a love letter to nature's resilience.
Passing (13 minutes)
By Mateusz Balcerek and Caiwei li
Two families grieving their losses during the pandemic: one living in a small village in Hubei, China, the other in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California; each honoring the memories of their loved ones in different ways.
Letters from Afar (11 minutes)
By Benjamin Blum and Zhang Qianqian
Two pen-pals, one on a grand adventure, and the other on an inward journey, discover the invisible forces shaping their lives.
The Fleeing Moments of Boyhood (6 minutes)
By Hanna Adams and Liu Yang
A pre-teen boy from the United States, and a pre-teen boy from China, discuss their hopes and fears, and find commonalities in a post-pandemic world.
Love Across (11 minutes)
By Sze Yu Chen and Yuhan Ma
A trans-media film about mainlining long-distance relationships during the pandemic.
Wherever you may be, we wish you and those close to you the very best Year of the Rabbit.
Join us for a discussion with Mike Chinoy on his new book that expands on USCI's Assignment: China series.
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