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Talking Points, June 18 - July 2, 2008

The USC U.S.-China Institute's weekly enewsletter
June 18, 2008

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
June 18 - July 2 2008

The U.S. – China economic relationship is complex, broad and important to both our countries and to the world economy. The U.S.-China relationship has become central to each nation's interest and to maintaining a stable, secure and prosperous global economic system.”

-- US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (click here for the complete speech)

"Our cooperation is an irreversible and unstoppable current. China needs the United States and the United States needs China."

-- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan

Secretary Paulson and Vice Premier Wang spoke yesterday in Annapolis, Maryland at the opening of the fourth round of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. Their focus on how intertwined our nation’s are economically was wonderfully illustrated by a new documentary the USC U.S.-China Institute screened last evening. More than 120 people watched selections from “Joined at the Hip,” the first episode in new four hour Koppel on Discovery series “The People’s Republic of Capitalism.” As Ted Koppel put it, “the U.S. would have an easier time disentangling itself from Germany or France than from the Chinese.” Among the examples provided is the export of cotton produced by Mexican migrant laborers in North Carolina to China to be turned into clothing sold in Wal-Mart. The series starts on July 9.

Sixteen California teachers won’t be able to watch the series when it airs on Discovery. They’ll be part of a USCI-led study tour of China and Japan. Each previously completed a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia seminar.  We’ll be taking another group of teachers to China in 2010. 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. 


Large majorities of Americans (68%), Chinese (80%), Japanese (55%), and South Koreans (78%) expect China to become "the leader of Asia." Equally large majorities of Americans (71%), Japanese (89%), and South Koreans (77%) report being "somewhat or very uncomfortable" with this. These are two of the findings of a new survey exploring the relative "soft power" in Asia of the U.S., China, Japan, and South Korea. Joseph Nye coined the term "soft power" and describes it as "the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments." Please visit our website at for a review of this survey.

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Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute

USC Events

06/23/2008: The United Nations: Its Mission and Work
USC Doheny Library, Room 240, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00AM - 11:15AM
RSVP: Jinah Sihn, email
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

06/20/2008 - 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

06/27/2008: Hong Kong Nocturne
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Cost: $12
Time: 4:00pm
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival 

06/28/2008: The Singing Thief (Da Dao Ge Wang)
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Cost: $12
Time: 1:00pm
A part of the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival 

North America Events: 

06/18/2008: What Will Drive China’s Future Legal Development? Reports from the Field
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318
Cost: Free
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a hearing.

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. 

06/26/2008: The Winds of Change in Taiwan: An Early Assessment of the Ma Government's Policy Directions
Place: Lindner Family Commons, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW
RSVP: Please RSVP with your name, organization/GW affiliation, and email to by Tuesday, June 24, 2008.
12:00-12:30 pm: Light Lunch
12:30-2:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies presents a roundtable discussion on Taiwan.


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.


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