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Talking Points, January 16 - 30, 2008

The U.S.-China Institute's weekly newsletter
January 16, 2008

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
January 16 - 30, 2008

Taiwan voters overwhelmingly cast ballots on Jan. 12 for the Kuomintang (KMT) opposition party. The KMT will have 72% of the seats in the new legislature. The KMT candidate for president, Ma Ying-jeou, leads the Democratic Progressive Party’s Frank Hsieh by a wide margin in the run up to the March 22 presidential vote. Ma and other KMT leaders have said they expect China-Taiwan ties to improve with a change in Taiwan’s government, but they quickly add that they don’t expect significant breakthroughs right away. In the meantime, economic links between the two continue to grow. At an October USCI symposium, scholars noted that China is now Taiwan’s top trading partner and that more than one million people from Taiwan are now working and living in China. At the same time, about 250,000 people from China have married people in Taiwan and are now living there. USCI researchers and students are following the political, economic, and demographic developments between China and Taiwan. USCI is sending a group to observe the presidential election and will host a symposium on the Taiwan elections the following week.

In the next week, people in Southern California have opportunities to take in a number of unique cultural performances including a Western-style opera based on a traditional Beijing opera. Later this month, USC hosts Mary Gallagher speaking on authoritarianism and the prospects for creating a rule of lawsystem in China. Next month, USCI is sponsoring a symposium on what the study of imperial China’s foreign relations might offer American policy analysts and policy makers. Seven distinguished historians and political scientists will speak on February 17.
Please note that there are currently several terrific exhibitions on China. One at the Pacific Asia Museum focuses on imperial dress. That exhibition will close on Jan. 27. You can learn more about it and other exhibitions, performances, and events below and in the calendar section of our website.
We encourage USC faculty and students to learn about our research grants. The application deadline is March 3. Information is available in the announcements section of our website: Secondary school teachers are encouraged to learn about and join one of our East Asia and New Media seminars. Details are in the K-12 curriculum section of our website.
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Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute
USC Events

01/31/2008: Legislating Harmony? Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in China

USC Leavey Library Auditorium
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Cost: Free
University of Michigan's Mary Gallagher focuses on labor and law.

California Events

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. 

01/18/2008: Chinese New Year Spectacular
777 Chick Hearn Court Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cost: $38-188
The splendor and beauty of the east will be majestically brought to life as New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) presents the 2008 "Chinese New Year Spectacular." 

01/18/2008: Hood, Veil, Shoes

UCLA Kaufman Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-3951
Cost: $15 general, $10 students/seniors 
Time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM
“Hood, Veil, Shoes” responds to the visceral heat of urban transit in Taipei, Taiwan’s bustling capital city, where gender-based rites of passage for young women overflow into and permeate their daily journeys through the urban landscape. 

01/19/2008: China National Opera House Performance: Farewell My Concubine

Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
Cost: $48-198
This is a Western-style adaptation of a famous Chinese opera. In addition to performances in Pasadena, the opera will be performed in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, Houston, and Dallas. 

01/23/2008: The Future of Chinese Cuisine in the U.S.
Chinese Culture Center Chinatown Hilton 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco, CA
Cost: $25 Asia Society Members, $35 Non-members
Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
This program will look at the changing face of Chinese food in China, as well as in places like Vancouver, Flushing, and the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California.

01/24/2008: Taiwan's Civil Society and the Blue-Green Deadlock, 1986-2007

UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
A talk by Wu Jieh-min in the Taiwan Studies Lecture Series.
01/29/2008: China's Durable Inequality: Legacies of Revolution & Pitfalls of Reform
UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Professor Mark Selden explores inequality issues raised by China's dynamic growth. 

North America Events: 

01/26/2008: The Lost City: Beijing
Auditorium A, Angell Hall
435 S. State Street , Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM
An enlightening look at the issues of urban gentrification and preservation in Beijing today.

01/29/2008: Revolutionary Alchemy: Shanghai's "January Revolution" Reinterpreted

Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A talk by Yiching Wu, Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and History.

01/30/2008: Security, Identity and the Rise of China

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs, 6th Floor,
1957 E Street, NW
Cost: Free
Time: 12:30PM - 1:45PM
William Callahan will speak as part of Sigur Center's lecture series on Sub-national Asia. 


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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