Panelists examined the issues driving the protests in Hong Kong, the social composition and motivations of the protesters and counter-protesters, and how the various sides are using media to reach local, mainland and international audiences.
Rui, "China's fragmented political structure and the effect on environmental policy enforcement---on the water pollution control in the tributaries in the Three Gorges Reservoir area," 2008
Min Rui, Ph.D.
China's rapid economic growth has led to severe environmental degradation. Despite numerous laws, regulations, and policies to regulate and direct the country's environmental performance, the enforcement of these policies and regulations has been far from effective.
Why has China been unsuccessful in implementing environmental policies and regulations? This thesis emphasizes the importance of China's fragmented structure of governance as the crucial explanatory variable and examines the major features of this structure. Using an analysis of the water pollution control in the Liangtan River, one of the major tributaries in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, as a case study, this thesis concludes that the lack of clarity of roles and responsibilities of different governmental agencies, the poor inter-agency coordination and cooperation, and the strong local protectionism all reveal the disadvantages that stem from the fragmented authoritarian political system, which hinders the control of water pollution in the Three Gorges Reservoir area.
The USC U.S.-China Institute and Asia Society hosted a talk with Weijian Shan, one of Asia’s best-known financiers, as he recounts his remarkable personal story of his exile to the Gobi Desert for hard labor at the age of 15 amidst the turmoil of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
The USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC East Asian Library present a screening of Daughter of Shanghai, a documentary featuring actress Tsai Chin talking about her life, scenes from the films and series she has starred in, and footage of celebrities talking about Tsai’s influence on them.