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Talking Points, March 31 - April 12, 2011

This issue of the USC US-China Institute notes Sec. Locke's visit to USC, economic ties between the US and China, what polls say about China's soft power, and nuclear power in China. As usual, the issue includes a comprehensive listing of China-centered events across North America.
April 1, 2011

Talking Points
March 31 - April 13, 2011

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Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced he was appointing U.S. Commerce


Secretary Gary Locke to be America’s next ambassador to China. Locke was at USC on Tuesday to speak at the Asia Pacific Business Outlook conference about expanding markets for American products and creating American jobs.

Locke noted that exports accounted for half of America’s economic growth over the past two years. He noted that exports to China were rising fast and that in 2010 exports to Asia topped exports to Europe for the first time.

After a recession-induced slowdown and decline in 2008-2009, US-China merchandise trade rebounded in 2010, topping US$457 billion. In 2010 here were the top trade items:


Maps indicating American and Chinese international trade flows are available at the USC US-China Institute website. There you can also see video versions of the presentations made at our recent conference on The State of the Chinese Economy. Presentations discuss American interest in and understanding of China’s place in the global economy, broad assessments of the structure and health of China’s economy, as well as offer more focused looks at key issues such as currency valuations, the housing bubble, rising public debt, rising wages, human resource challenges, and how China’s coping with long term demographic challenges such as too few women and greater numbers of elderly. Higher resolution versions of the presentations are available at our YouTube channel.


The ongoing struggle to end the threat posed by the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has caused widespread worries in China. There was a run on salt, despite government assurances that there was no reason to worry and even though one would have to consume life-threatening quantities to get enough potassium iodide to protect one’s thyroid from radiation. Li Jia 李嘉 in Beijing Evening News and Luo Jie 罗杰 in China Daily were two cartoonists who had something to say on the mania.

 "Rumors" (Li Jia, blog)  (One salt package to another:)
“They really want to buy us?”
"No, what they really need is a brain.” (Luo Jie, blog)










The crisis caused China’s leaders to order safety checks at existing nuclear power facilities and to review their nuclear power development plans. Thursday, Ren Dongmin of the National Development and Reform Commission said that China would work to increase solar power capactity and would reduce its nuclear power target. China currently has 27 nuclear power plants under construction and 50 additional plants in the planning stage. US-China Today has an interactive map showing completed plants, those under construction, and key uranium resources.

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USC | California | North America | Exhibitions


04/02/2011: State of the Word: Asian American Spoken-Word Artists
University Park Campus Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Grand Ballroom
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00PM
Join the Department of English and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity for an exhibition of Spoken Word. 

04/07/2011: Gallagher and Dussel Peters on China`s relationship with Latin America.
Davidson Conference Center, Figueroa Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Kevin Gallagher and Enrique Dussel Peters will speak about their books on China`s relationship with Latin America. 

04/09/2011: Chinese Business and Economic History
3650 Watt Way, SOS 250
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
USC and UCLA hold a joint conference on Chinese business and Economics. 

04/11/2011: Is there a civil-military gap in China`s peaceful rise?
USC Davidson Conference Center, Club Room
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Scobell will speak on U.S. - China relations. 


04/03/2011: Karamay
106 Wheeler Hall
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3841
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Karamay will be screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. 

04/06/2011: Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales from the New Chinese Cinema
Disney Concert Hall
Address: 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: General admission $9, Students $7 with ID, Calarts students, faculty, and staff $5
Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall presents a series of Chinese film screenings. 

04/06/2011: Archaeological Excavations in Mongolia: Current Research
UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Seminar Room Fowler Museum A222 , Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Ursula Brosseder and Jan Bemmann of Bonn University will give a talk on archaeological excavations in Mongolia. 

04/06/2011: From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s
UC Berkeley
Institute of East Asian Studies 2223 Fulton, 6th Floor
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Jane DeBevoise will present her film "From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng" at UC Berkeley. 

04/06/2011: Of Storms, Frontiers, and Master Plans: Claims for the Future of Higher Education
UC Berkeley
Geballe Room 220 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
UC Berkeley presents Pauline Yu, President of American Council of Learned Societies on April 6, 2011. 

04/07/2011: China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom
Institute of Asian Studies
2223 Fulton, Berkeley, CA 94720
Time: 12:00PM
Richard Baum, author of China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom, will give a book talk at UC Berkeley. 

04/07/2011: Diaspora as Mind: Making Sense of the Experiences of the Japanese Silent Minority in Postwar Taiwan
Stanford University
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor, Stanford, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:15PM - 5:30PM
Allen Chun, Research Fellow of Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, Taiwan will speak at Stanford University on the Japanese ethnic community of Postwar Taiwan.

04/07/2011: Mary Pickford’s Chinese Fans: The Emergence Of a Cosmopolitan Entertainment Culture in 1920`s Shanghai
UCLA 11377 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Nicolai Volland of National University of Singapore will be speaking on the topic of 1920s Shanghai entertainment culture at UCLA. 


04/07/2011: U.S. Trade Policy for China & Japan: Update & Outlook
Loyola Marymount University
Hilton Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Brian Peck, International Trade and Intellectual Property Attorney will speak at Loyola Marymount University.

04/07/2011: Crime and Punishment
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and teachers
Time: 7:30PM
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco will screen Crime and Punishment. 

04/08/2011: Fiction in Late Qing and Early Republican China: The Ecology of Genre
IEAS Conference Room, 6th Floor
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
John Christopher Hamm will speak on fiction in China at UC Berkeley. 

04/08/2011: The Silver Kingdom of the Middle Kindom: Making Film in China
Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Time: 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Stanford University presents a talk with Christina Yao on film making in China. 

04/09/2011: Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater presents, in its LA premiere, Huang Weikai’s Oxhide II.
REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 West 2nd Street , Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for students with ID, and $5 for CalArt students, faculty, and staff.
Time: 7:00PM
The documentary Oxhide II will make its Los Angeles premiere 

04/09/2011: Disorder
REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 for students with ID, and $5 for CalArt students, faculty, and staff.
Time: 7:00PM
Huang Weikai`s Disorder will be screened at CalArts. 

04/10/2011: Ghost Town
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Time: 2:00PM
Ghost Town will be screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco 

04/11/2011: The City Besieged by Garbage: Politics of Waste Production and Distribution in Beijing
IEAS Conference Room, 6th Floor
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
Time: 3:00PM - 4:45PM
UC Berkeley will hold a conference on waste management in Beijing. 

04/12/2011: Rethinking the "Overseas Chinese": What`s in a Name?
IEAS conference room, sixth floor
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94720-3841
Time: 4:00PM
Huang Jianli, Associate Professor of National University of Singapore will speak at Stanford University on the concept of "Chinese Overseas". 

04/12/2011: The Artist as Environmental Activist
IEAS conference room, sixth floor
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94720-3841
Photographer Wang Jiuliang will speak on artists acting as environmentalists at the University of California, Berkeley. 


04/01/2011: Evolving Legal Practice in China
University of Illinois, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Time: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
The University of Illinois hosts a workshop on legal practices in China.

04/01/2011: BeijingDance/LDTX
Boston University, Tsai Performance Center, Boston, MA
Time: 04/01/2011 - 04/02/2011 7:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: Celebrity Series Subscriber price: $52, $42, Box Office prices: $57, $47
(Lei Dong Tian Xia, literally translated as Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven), China’s first non-governmental and independent professional dance company will be performing at Boston University on April 1-2, 2011.

04/02/2011: Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival
301 Green Springs Avenue South,
Birmingham, AL 35205
The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation will host a culture and food festival in Birmingham.

04/04/2011: China Humanities Seminar
Harvard University, 2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 4:00PM
Dirk Meyer will give the China Humanities Seminar at Harvard University.

04/05/2011: NGOs for a Greener China: Reports from the Field
Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room918, New York City, NY
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM
Columbia University`s China Climate Fellow Michael Davidson, will speak about China`s environmental issues.

04/05/2011: Taiwan Literature
Columbia University, 420 W 118th St, New York, NY 10027
Time: 2:10PM-4:00PM
Yvonne Chang will speak on Taiwanese literature at Columbia University in New York City.

04/06/2011: Cinema Pacific Film Festival
University of Oregon, 103 Gerlinger Hall, 1246, Eugene, OR 97403
The University of Oregon will hold a film festival focused on Chinese cinema.

04/06/2011: China and International Law
University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Cost: Free and open to the public
Time:8:45AM - 4:00PM
A conference on China and International Law will be held at University of Chicago.

04/06/2011: "The Colony" and "The Women`s Kingdom"
Princeton University,302 Frist Campus Center, Princeton, NJ 08544
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
These two short documentaries from China will be screened at Princeton University.

04/07/2011: China in Africa: A Macroeconomic Perspective
Cornell University G08 Uris Hall , Ithaca, NY
Time: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Benedicte Vibe Christensen, former Deputy Director of the Africa Department of the IMF, will speak at Cornell University on China`s macroeconomic impact in Africa.

04/07/2011: Jia Zhangke`s Platform: Epic Pop Music of 1980s
University of Illinois, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Professor Lu Tonglin from the University of Montreal will speak about 1980s pop music at the University of Illinois.

04/07/2011: The Third Wave: Recent Films from Taiwan
University of Wisconsin, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Lin Wenchi will talk on recent Taiwanese films at the University of Wisconsin.

04/07/2011: Security in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities
New York Institute of Technology, 1855 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Time:5:00PM - 6:30PM
Admiral Robert F. Willard will speak on security in the Asia-Pacific region at the New York Institute of Technology’s Auditorium on Broadway.

04/07/2011: Summer Pasture
Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Johns Hopkins University will screen Summer Pasture, an intimate glimpse into the experiences of a young Tibetan family struggling to reconcile their traditional way of life with a rapidly modernizing world.

04/07/2011: Turning Point
Duke University, Richard White Auditorium, Durham, NC 27708-0940
Time: 7:00PM
Duke University will screen Turning Point. A Q&A with the director will follow.

04/08/2011: Symposium on China’s Role in Regulating the Global Information Economy
University of Oregon, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403
The University of Oregon will host a symposium on China`s role in regulating the global information economy.


04/08/2011: An Overview of Taiwan`s 2009 Typhoon Morakot
Columbia University, 420 W 118th St, New York, NY 10027
Time: 10:00AM-11:30AM
Columbia University presents a panel discussion about Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan.

04/08/2011: The Topography of Desire: Classical Poetry, Photography, and Male Bonding in the 1910s China
Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 4:15PM
Professor Wu will talk on China in the 1910s at Harvard University.

04/08/2011: Conservation of a Chinese Masterpiece: Juanqinzhai in the Forbidden City
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Cost: Free with museum admission
The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a talk with T.K. McClintock about Juanqinzhai, a building in the Qianlong Emperor`s retirement complex.

04/08/2011: SlutForArt / Ambiguous Ambassador: A Dance-Theater Work Captured On Video
The Bronx Museum of Art , 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, New York, NY 10012
Cost: Free and open to the public, RSVP required
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Bronx Museum of Art hosts special screening of the video of the New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) award-winning visual dance-theater solo performance by Muna Tseng, on the life and work of Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990).

04/08/2011: The Epic of the Central Plains
Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 7:00PM
The Epic of the Central Plains, a documentary film directed by Ai Xiaoming and Hu Jie that deals with the spread of HIV/AIDS in China, will be screened at Harvard University.

04/09/2011: Democratic Accountability and Foreign Policy Commitments in Asia
Yale University, 34 Hillhouse Avenue , New Haven, CT 06511
Time: 9:00AM
Yale will hold a conference on how electoral and legislative politics interact with security and foreign economic policy in East Asia.

04/09/2011: 6th Annual Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference
University of Pennsylvania, Williams Hall, Second Floor, and the Arch Crest Room, 225 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 8:30PM - 3:30PM
University of Pennsylvania hosts the sixth annual Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference. The theme for this year will be Exploring Asia: From the Silk Road to the Shanghai Expo.

04/11/2011: The Australian Miracle: Abandoning and Overtaking the U.S. as It Joins the China Club
Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 918 420 West 118th St # 1, New York, NY 10027
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Robert Gregory will speak on the Australia-China relationship at Columbia University.

04/11/2011: An Exhibition of Henan Opera Performed by The Taiwan Bangzi Company
Harvard University, Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 5:00PM
The Taiwan Bangzi Company (formerly known as the Flying Horse Honan Opera Troupe) will be making a special visit to Harvard University.

04/11/2011: Hong Kong & China`s Global Future: a discussion on international business opportunities & cultural exchange
Brown University, Smith-Buonanno, Room 106 95 Cushing Street, Providence, RI
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Anita Chan, Director of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York will give a talk at Brown University.

04/12/2011: The Religious Ecology of Confucius Temples in Contemporary China: An Empirical Investigation
Princeton University, West Building Seminar Room Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540
Time:12:00PM - 2:00PM
Anna Sun from Kenyon College will speak on Confucius Temples at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.

04/12/2011: Images of Confucius: Teacher, Statesman, Deity
 University of Texas,WCH 4.118, Austin, TX 78712
Time:12:30PM - 2:00PM
Dr. Julia Murray will speak on images of Confucius at the University of Texas.

04/12/2011: Native Peoples of Taiwan in Present-day Society
Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963 420 W 118th St, New York, NY 10027
Time:2:10PM - 4:00PM
Scott Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa will speak on native peoples of Taiwan at Columbia University.

04/12/2011: Will China`s Political System Derail it`s Peaceful Rise?
University of Pennsylvania Law School –Silverman 245A, Bernard Segal Moot Court Room 225 S. 36th Street , Philadelphia, PA 19104
Time: 3:00PM
Susan Shirk will speak about China`s political system and economic progress at the University of Pennsylvania.

04/12/2011: Renminbi: Faces of China and Currency of Images
Harvard University,1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 4:15PM
Harvard University will have a talk on their display of Chinese currency.

04/12/2011: Mysteries of Kongzhai
ART 1.120 University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX 78712
Time: 5:00PM
Julia K. Murray will speak on Kongzhai, a now-destroyed shrine on the edge of Shanghai, at the University of Texas in Austin.

04/13/2011: The Significance and Implicit Transmission of the Great Leap Famine 1959-61
University of Wisconsin, 206 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Stephan Feuchtwang will speak about the great leap forward at the University of Wisconsin.

04/13/2011: Undoing/Redoing Modern Sino-Japanese Cultural and Intellectual History
Harvard University, CGIS South, Room S010-Tsai Auditorium 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Benjamin A. Elman will give lectures at Harvard University on the relationship between China and Japan.

04/13/2011: New Faces of Nature: Colossal Buddhas of Sichuan
Princeton University, 106 McCormick Hall Princeton University, Princeton , New Jersey 08542
Time:5:00PM - 6:30PM
Sonya Lee from the University of Southern California will talk at Princeton University about the colossal Buddhas of Sichuan Province.

04/13/2011: “Decentralization and Development: Dilemmas, Tradeoffs and Safeguards”
Brown University, Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
UC Berkeley`s Professor of Economics Pranab Bardhan will give a talk at Brown University.

04/13/2011: Coerced Confessions and Wrongful Convictions in the PRC: Ira Belkin
New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Ira Belkin, program officer for law and rights at the Ford Foundation in Beijing will discuss recent developments in China’s criminal justice system at the NYU School of Law.



ends 04/03/2011: Photography from the New China
West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center
Address: 1200 Getty Center Drive , Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Getty presents Chinese photographs since Deng Xiaoping introduced the current period of opening and reform.  


ends  04/10/2011: Wang Huaiqing: A Painter’s Painter in Contemporary China
Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street Volunteer Park , Seattle, WA 98112
The Seattle Asian Art Museum presents 26 works by contemporary Chinese painter Wang Huaiqing. 

ends  04/17/2011: Home Revealed: Artists of the Chinatown-International District
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle`s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience presents an exhibition of artists who live in the Chinatown-International District. 

ends  04/22/2011: China: Insights. New Photography from the People`s Republic
Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont
120 East Bonita Avenue , Claremont, CA 91711
A large selection of Chinese films, lectures, and demonstrations will be exhibited with a focus on contemporary documentary work from mainland China. 

ends  04/23/2011: City of Ambition: Chongqing, China
Gallery 291
291 Geary Street, Floor 5, San Francisco, CA 94102
Ferit Kuyas`s photography will be displayed at Gallery 291 in San Francisco. 

ends  04/29/2011: Chinatown Live
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia`s Asian Arts Initiative will host an exhibition of Chinatown photographs by Rodney Atienza. 

ends  04/30/2011: China: Exploring the Interior, 1903-1904
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts
Shady Side Academy 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Pittsburgh will host the traveling exhibition of photographs from the Carnegie expedition to China in 1903-1904. 

ends 04/30/2011: Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters
New Haven Museum
Address: 114 Whitney Avenue , New Haven, CT
Cost: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Students (12+) $2, Free for Children
The New Haven Museum is honored to host Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters from February 1 to April 30.  
ends  05/01/2011: Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: Free
An exhibition on early photography in China is held at the J. Paul Getty Museum. 


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Los Angeles, California

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