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Sherwood Hu - Telling Stories

Sherwood Hu spoke at the conference Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other, hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute, on the topic of film and television.

November 10, 2013

About the Speaker

Sherwood Hu (胡雪桦) is a noted film and theatre director, scholar, and technological innovator. Educated in China and the U.S., he is dean of the film school at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. His film Amazing 神奇 (which includes NBA stars), is now in Chinese theaters. Other films include Prince of the Himalyas, Lord of Shanghai and Warrior Lanling. His television work includes the 40-part Purple Jade series and ratings champ Fighting Beijing. He created the 360 degree film for the Shanghai Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other

What do Americans and Chinese "know" about each other and how do they know it? What images do they have of each other's society and state? Where do these images come from? Why do some endure and others change? How do images vary with age and other factors? How do these perceptions affect the decisions and actions of governments, businesses, civic groups, and individuals?

On November 1-2, 2013, leading academics gathered with pollsters, journalists, diplomats, and entertainment industry practitioners to explore these questions and questions and others at a conference hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute.

Polls suggest that a slight majority of Americans believe that the values of Chinese and Americans are so different that cooperation to address international problems is impossible. Most Chinese feel the U.S. is working to constrain China's continued rise. Americans and Chinese have increasingly negative impressions of each other's countries. Yet, we are visiting each other's countries more than ever before, becoming ever more intertwined, and are working cooperatively in many different ways to address pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. At the conference we examined how these exchanges affect perceptions along with the even more powerful role played by new and old media, popular entertainment, and political discourse.