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Talking Points, Jan. 3-16, 2008

The U.S.-China Institute's weekly newsletter
January 3, 2008

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
January 3 - January 16, 2008

Dear Clayton,


Happy New Year!
2007 closed with difficult discussions between the U.S. and China over trade and intellectual property issues, but more successful negotiations in Bali over the pressing need for the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas producers to act to reduce our negative impact on the environment. China is said to have passed the U.S. in 2007 on total emissions, though the average American emits 4-5 times as much as the average Chinese.
2008 will be an important year for both countries. The world will turn its attention to Beijing as China hosts the summer Olympics beginning on 8-8-2008 and in the U.S. we have important presidential and congressional elections ahead. Policies toward China will be an important topic in those elections.
We will follow these and other issues in the coming year. We hope that you’ll join us at some of our events, including our February conference on the impact historians have had on American policies and practices toward China. For the latest news about U.S.-China ties and trends in China, please visit the “daily update” section of our student-driven web magazine, US-China Today. Of course, the calendar section of our website offers information about a wide-variety of China-related programs, including the Feb. 23 opening of the Huntington Library’s new Chinese garden.
USC’s Center for International Studies is currently welcoming applications for two 2008-2009 post-doctoral fellows who will focus on U.S.-China relations, broadly conceived. These Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellows will be designated USCI research associates. The application deadline is Jan. 16.
USCI invites applications from USC faculty and graduate students for research support. Faculty may seek up to $15,000 for 2008-2009 projects while graduate students are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in summer fieldwork funding. The application deadline is March 3.
Additional information about these competitions is available in the announcements section of the USCI website:
Secondary school teachers are also welcome to apply to participate in our upcoming “East Asia and New Media” seminars and our workshops on human rights in Asia and East Asian popular culture. Graduates of previous East Asia and New Media seminars who have not previously participated in one of our study tours to East Asia are also encouraged to apply for our summer 2008 trip to China and Japan. Information about all of these programs is in the K-12 curriculum section of our website:
Thanks, as always, for passing Talking Points along to your friends and colleagues.
Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute

California Events

01/05/2008: Dragon and Phoenix Bring Harmonious Feng Shui
Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Cost: Free with admission.
Phone: (626) 449-2742
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Wei Ling Yi lectures on the ancient Taoist Yi Qi Da Dao Way of Life Cultivation and practices known as the Great Lotus System. 
01/05/2008: New Beijing Great Olympics
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Cost: $36.25 - $166.00
Time: 7:30PM
The China National Acrobatic Troupe break all traditional boundaries with their performance. 
01/13/2008: The Evolution of Badge Design Through the Qing Dynasty

Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Free with admission.
(626) 449-2742
To R.S.V.P., call (626) 449-2742, ext. 31.
Space is limited.
David Hugus wraps up his three-part series with a look at how rank badges developed over almost three hundred years of China’s Qing Dynasty.
01/16/2008: Images of War: Picturing the Taipig Occupation of Jiangnan, 1860-84

UCLA 6275 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost; Free
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
A talk by Tobie Meyer-Fong, Johns-Hopkins University. 


09/06/2007 - 01/20/2008: Zhang Huan: Altered States
2nd Floor Starr & Ross Galleries
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave, New York, NY
Phone: 212-517-ASIA
This exhibition is the first ever museum retrospective of Zhang Huan, encompassing major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York, and Shanghai.

10/12/2007 - 01/27/2008: Rank and Style - Power Dressing in Imperial China

Pacific Asia Museum
Address: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors
Phone: (626) 449-2742
For the first time in the United States, the Pacific Asia Museum presents selections from the Chris Hall Collection of Hong Kong, October 12, 2007 - January 27, 2008.

10/04/2007 - 02/08/2008: From the Abundant Pharmacy: Traditional Chinese Medicine in LA's Chinatown

The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities: Big Sur Education Gallery
1000 N. Alameda Street , Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday thru Friday
The exhibition features historical and contemporary photographs and videos of selected stores and herbalists.

11/06/2007 - 02/10/2008: China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century

Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Illustrated books, prints, and maps from the special collections of the Research Library tell the fascinating story of mutual interest and collaborative works produced by Chinese and Europeans from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

11/10/2007 - 02/17/2008: Everyday Luxury: Chinese Silks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The exhibition features a collection of Chinese costumes and textiles from the last three hundred years. 


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