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Talking Points, June 11-25, 2008

The USC U.S.-China Institute's weekly e-newsletter
June 11, 2008

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
June 11 - June 25, 2008

The title of the new Koppel on Discovery series, “The People’s Republic of Capitalism,” is a clear signal of how China has changed in the thirty years since the initial reforms of China’s rural economy. In 1978 those first steps involved distributing collective land to individual households and permitting individuals to open small businesses. Over time, foreign investment was permitted and trade began to grow. Last year, China’s 2007 international trade exceeded US $2.1 trillion. China’s economy and society are dramatically different from a generation ago. The Koppel series will be launched on July 9, but we hope you’ll join us at USC on Tuesday, June 17 for an advance screening of excerpts from the first two episodes. Producer Elissa Rubin will introduce the series and take questions after the screening. Details for this event and others are below and in the calendar section of the website.

Twenty-one senior officials from Shenzhen Municipality are currently studying in an intensive seminar run by USC’s International Public Policy and Management Program. Prof. Michael Woo, former Los Angeles councilmember, directs the program which affords these officials opportunities to examine and discuss a wide variety of issues from social services, transportation, and information systems to fiscal management and e-government initiatives. This and other USC programs like it also afford scholars and officials here unique insights into Chinese urban planning and other issues. For example, part of the Chinese government’s response to the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan has been to give every province and municipality specific roles to play in the relief and reconstruction effort. Injured people have been sent to hospitals throughout the nation. And because of Shenzhen’s particular strength in producing manufactured housing, it has been assigned the task of delivering and assembling prefabricated homes to serve as temporary housing while more substantial units can be planned and constructed. A Shenzhen company has already erected an instant neighborhood with streetlights, public showers, and other facilities in Shifang. Shenzhen officials intend to erect 10,000 houses by the end of the month. You can hear more about this in a Zócalo presentation next Tuesday. Prof. Woo will moderate and two of the Shenzhen officials will be among the speakers.
USCI is supporting nine graduate student fieldwork research projects this summer and six faculty projects. This research probes critical issues such as protection of intellectual property, trade, the rise of homeowner associations, aging, the revival of Confucianism, and globalization and the Chinese film industry. Please visit our website at to read more about this research.
On June 28, USCI is taking a group of California secondary teachers on a three week study tour of China and Japan. Later this summer, we’re working with another group of teachers from all over the state in a special two week residential seminar. Secondary school teachers who are interested in strengthening their ability to bring East Asia alive for their students should visit the K-12 section of our website, sign-up for our Teaching about Asia newsletter, and apply to participate in one of 2008-2009 seminars.
A final note: Americans frustrated by rising gas prices may be surprised to learn that gas is about $3 a gallon in China. The price has been kept low by government subsidies to state dominated oil companies. These companies, however, purchase much of their oil on the open market and do not, because of price controls, have much incentive to satisfy rising demand. Long lines for gasoline and sales restrictions have become commonplace. You can follow this and other stories via the daily updates section of US-China Today.
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Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute

USC Events

06/17/2008: The People’s Republic of Capitalism

USC Lucas 108, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Refreshments will be served
The US-China Institute will screen a portion from the series and producers will answer questions from the audience.

06/23/2008: The United Nations: Its Mission and Work
Location: TBA
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00AM - 11:15AM
Mr. Huang Hongjiang, China's representative to the United Nations, will join the South Korean, Saudi Arabian, Yememi, Montenegran, and Bosnian UN representatives at USC.

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

06/17/2008: How Will China Emerge from the Rubble?

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located in the Wilshire Courtyard Campus, kitty corner from the La Brea Tar Pits. Enter on Wilshire at Courtyard Place, one block east of Curson. Free parking on site after 6 pm.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Moderated by Michael Woo, USC professor and former Los Angeles City Councilman

06/20/2008 - 06/21/2008: Exodus (Ceot Oi Kap Gei)

Friday, June 20th 7:00pm
The Landmark
Saturday, June 21st 9:45pm
AMC Avco Center
Cost: $$12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival 

06/21/2008: China Earthquake Relief Fund-Raising Concert
Campus Theater, Nordhoff Hall, CSUN
Address: Northridge, CA 91330
Cost: Regular ticket: $50 or VIP ticket: $100
Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
The CSUN China Institute & San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Association(SFVCCA)host a fundraiser for earthquake victims.

06/22/2008: The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (Wu Lang Pa Gua Gun)

Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Time: 9:30pm
Cost: $12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival
06/22/2008: August 15 (Ba Yue Shi Wu)
Sunday, June 22nd 1:30pm
Mann Festival Theatre 
Tuesday, June 24th 10:00pm
Majestic Crest Theatre
Cost: $12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival

06/22/2008 - 06/23/2008: Useless (Wu Yong)
Sunday, June 22nd 7:00pm
The Landmark
Monday, June 23rd 9:30pm
The Regent
Cost: $12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival  
06/25/2008: The Boxer From Shantung (Ma Yongzhen)
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Time: 9:30pm
Cost: $12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival

06/25/2008: For the Unseen
Wednesday, June 25th 9:45pm
Majestic Crest Theatre 
Sunday, June 29th 4:30pm
Majestic Crest Theatre
Cost: $12
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival

North America Events: 

06/10/2008 - 06/12/2008: American/Chinese Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Rematch

Richard Nixon Library
Cost: Varies
Table tennis exhibition featuring American and Chinese champions will serve as a prologue to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

06/24/2008: China's Publishing Industry: Market Opportunities & Regulatory Challenges for U.S. Exporters
Location: Your Computer
Cost: $75
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Location: Your computer
Fee: $75 (includes detailed market research report, access to webinar recording, transcript and presenter powerpoints)
China Publishing Industry Webinar. 


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.

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.


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