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Talking Points, July 16-30, 2008

The USC U.S.-China Institute's weekly e-newsletter
July 16, 2008
USC U.S.-China Institute
Talking Points
July 16 - July 30, 2008


"China expresses grave concern and misgivings about the International Criminal Court prosecutor's indictment of the Sudanese leader."


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao, speaking on July 15, 2008

Last week the International Criminal Court issued an indictment for Sudanese President Omar Hassan-al Bashir on charges of genocide for his government’s role in Sudan’s Darfur region. Nearly one-half million people are said to have died as a result of the civil conflict there. More than two million people have been displaced. The U.S. is not a part of the International Criminal Court, but the U.S. government has previously argued that China could do more to affect the Bashir-led government’s practices in Darfur. Chinese forces are part of a United Nations peacekeeping effort in Sudan. China’s oil companies dominate oil production in Sudan. It is the African country’s most important trade partner. The indictment comes at an inconvenient time for China. China’s government is generally worried about international intervention and it wants attention focused on the August Olympics in Beijing. Instead, there are reports of Chinese arm shipments evading the United Nations embargo of such sales to Sudan. You can follow this and other issues via US-China Today’s daily updates.


China’s relationship with close neighbor Japan is multithreaded, complex, and evolving. A USC U.S.-China Institute teachers’ group is currently in Japan exploring this. Trade between the two is enormous. China is Japan’s top trading partner and Japan is China’s third largest trade partner. China-Japan tourism is large and increasing. Chinese from the mainland and Hong Kong are second only to South Koreans in visiting Japan. Japan’s tourism ministry is seeking to push this still further ahead, announcing in May that Hello Kitty would be its tourism envoy to China. In 2005 there were large scale anti-Japan demonstrations in Shanghai and elsewhere. Much of this resentment stems from the perception in China that the Japanese government has failed to fully acknowledge Japan’s responsibility for the Pacific War. Last year, the Chinese government opened a museum in Nanjing devoted to the December 1937 Japanese occupation of the Chinese capital at Nanjing. This was a partial response to representations of those bloody events in Japan’s Yushukan and other museums. As the teachers found, there is no recognition in Yushukan of the scale of atrocities committed in Nanjing, let alone acceptance of responsibility for them. Nonetheless, the importance of regional stability and trade has helped foster improved ties. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Japan in May, pledging the loan of pandas and engaging in his own form of ping pong diplomacy, acquitting himself well in casual play before television cameras


Yu Dan, a Beijing Normal University philosopher, will speak in Los Angeles on July 31. Yu’s talks on Confucianism in today’s China attracted huge television audiences. She’s also sold more than ten million copies of the print version of the talks. The talk is cosponsored by a number of units, including the USC U.S.-China Institute. Details on this talk and other events are below and at the calendar section of our website.

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USC Events

06/28/2008 - 07/18/2008: 2008 California NCTA Summer Study Tour to China and Japan

Led by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute, participants of the 21-day tour will visit several of China and Japan's most interesting destinations.
07/28/2008 - 08/07/2008: 2008 Summer Residential Seminar at USC
USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Currently accepting applications
For more information please contact Miranda Ko at
An intensive nine-day equivalent of our "East Asia and New Media in My Classroom" professional development seminar for K-12 teachers employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area.

California Events

07/20/2008: Purple Reign

Time: 1:30PM
Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Free with paid museum admission and to members; Lecture only $8
Bowers Museum presents archaeology magazine writer and editor Samir S. Patel as he talks about preserving the color of the terra cotta soldiers.

07/23/2008: Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles
Time: 1:30PM
Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: General $7; Members $5
A film about a fisherman who vows to complete his estranged and dying son’s documentary and his odyssey into the heart of China where he befriends a fatherless boy. 

07/26/2008: Send Us No More Dragons
Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Free with paid museum admission and to members; Lecture only $8
William R. Sargent, H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator, Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum, gives a talk on the history of trade in porcelain, first produced in China around the 8th century, and the exportation of ceramics from the 15th to 18th centuries.

07/26/2008: Contemporary Photography from China - Opening Reception

Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Address: DNJ Gallery,154-1/2 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
RSVP by July 22
Opening reception for "Contemporary Photography from China" at DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 26, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

07/27/2008: The First Emperor's Family Values
Location: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Free with paid museum admission and to members; Lecture only $8
Dr. Keith Knapp, The Citadel, presents a lecture on the Qin dynasty’s attitude towards family and domestic life of Qin commoners.

07/28/2008 - 08/08/2008: Monks, Merchants and Millworkers: Connecting Europe and Asia in World History
Location: UCLA Asia Institute
Cost: $100
UCLA workshop for K-12 World History teachers focusing on issues such as trade, cultural transmission, colonialism, and the industrial revolution in Europe and Asia.

North America Events:  
03/06/2008 - 07/27/2008: Chinaman's Chance: Views of the Chinese American Experience
Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena , CA 91101
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors
While the experience of being of Chinese heritage and living in America is unique to each individual, this exhibition will investigate the similarities and dissimilarities of these experiences. 
01/29/2008 - 09/07/2008: The Shape of Things: Chinese and Japanese Art from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue , New York, New York
Cost: Free
Phone: 212-517-ASIA
This exhibition of ceramics, metalworks, sculpture, and painting demonstrates that a depth of information can be revealed through the careful observation and study of the form of an object. 
06/27/2008 - 09/21/2008: Power and Glory: Court Arts of the Ming Dynasty
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets), San Francisco, CA 94102
Cost: Cost varies (see website for details)
This exhibition will explore the glories of the Ming dynasty imperial court.
05/18/2008 - 10/12/2008: Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of the First Emperor
Bowers Museum
Address: 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-567-3600
This summer exhibit at Bowers Museum showcases the famous terra cotta warriors buried with the First Emperor of China.

07/26/2008 - 09/06/2008: Contemporary Photography from China

Address: DNJ Gallery, 154-1/2 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
DNJ Gallery showcases works by several emerging Chinese artists who captured China's changing economy, society and culture through their photographs.

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