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.
Gonzo Tales from 10 Years in China: How the Chinese Cope with a Changing Country
At the 125th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series on Chinese Economic and Social Development, sponsored by USC School of Social Work, John Pomfret, The Washington Post bureau chief in Beijing, discusses the staggering social changes in China that are transforming the lives of one-quarter of humanity in Gonzo Tales from 10 Years in China: How the Chinese Cope with a Changing Country.
He discusses the transformation of the Internet, to the nouveau riche of Beijing and Shanghai, to NGOs and the sexual revolution. Pomfret also talks about his investigation into the mainland’s tangled relations with Taiwan and the transfer of power from the generation of Jiang Zemin to that of current Communist Party boss Hu Jintao. His efforts earned him the Asia Society's highly coveted Osborne Elliot Prize for Journalism.
Pomfret is now a visiting fellow at USC, writing a book on modern China’s journey from a closed Communist backwater to a society of ferocious energy heading toward an uncertain future.
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.