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The Impact of the Olympics: Stanley Rosen

March 27, 2009
Stanley Rosen
Stan Rosen teaches political science at USC and directs the USC East Asian Studies Center. He’s also a member of the USC U.S.-China Institute executive committee. Rosen is co-editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society. He teaches courses on Chinese politics, East Asian societies, Chinese film and film and politics. He has written or edited seven books, the most recent of which are State and Society in 21st-Century China (co-edited,  2004) and Chinese Cinema at a Hundred: Art, Politics and Commerce (co-edited, forthcoming). His current research involves public opinion surveys, higher education reform in China, the Chinese film industry and its overseas prospects, the prospects for

Hollywood film in the Chinese market, and value change among Chinese youth.



This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Click on the play button above to view Stan Rosen’s presentation on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Prof. Rosen discussed the presentations of Susan Brownell and Jay Wang. He noted that in advance of the Games, many in the Western press argued that the run up to the Games had amply demonstrated China’s shortcomings in terms of ethnic relations, press freedom, and migrant rights. The Games themselves, however, received much acclaim. He noted, for example, that Zhang Yimou, the producer of the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies was named a runner-up to Barack Obama in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year selection. Steven Spielberg, who had withdrawn as an artistic advisor to the Games, wrote the Time magazine article celebrating Zhang’s achievements.



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