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Talking Points, November 14 - 28, 2007

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November 14, 2007

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
November 14 - November 28, 2007

Text-messenging, music, real estate, transportation, and environmental challenges are just of the topics covered in the inaugural issue of US-China Today, a new publication from the USC U.S.-China Institute. The magazine went public on the web today at We hope you’ll take a look.

US-China Today is a student-driven publication. Like USCI, the magazine focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship and on significant trends in contemporary China. The magazine offers coverage of and commentary on a wide range of political, economic, social, and cultural issues. The magazine is a non-partisan publication. It aims to deliver carefully reported feature stories that are accurate, balanced, and compelling. In the commentary section (to be unveiled in the second issue), the magazine will offer the views of scholars, journalists, businesspeople, agency and non-governmental specialists, and policy-makers.

Sure, it was a publicity stunt. But for those of us who constantly encounter cell phone dead zones on California streets it was impressive nonetheless. On Tuesday, China Mobile erected a cell phone transmission towers at three points on Mount Everest (at 17,060, 19,095, and 21,325 feet above sea level). And this wasn’t the only cell phone news from China this week. Both Chinese cell phone carriers are talking with Apple about making the iPhone (which is manufactured in China by a Taiwanese company) available to their subscribers.
Of course these sorts of partnerships are complicated and require legal counseling. To help address that need, Peking University has created a new international law school, based at its Shenzhen campus. And it has appointed former University of Michigan law school dean and former Cornell University president Jeffrey S. Lehman to serve as the school’s founding chancellor. Chancellor Lehman will visit USC on Nov. 20 and speak about legal education in China. We hope you can join us.
Other upcoming USC China events include William Overholt speaking on Asia and America (the subject of his newly published book) on Nov. 28, a talk by William Alford on rural legal advisors on Dec. 6, and a panel discussion on development and environmental policy on Dec. 10. Details for these events are available below and at the calendar section of our website (
In Tokyo last month, the USC Global Conference offered several presentations focusing on China. One of the most interesting focused on “China: the New Global Power.” You can read about it at: And for those who missed the My Dream screening and performances on Oct. 1, you can read about them at:
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 USC Events 

11/20/2007: China and the Rule of Law: Do Law Schools Matter?
USC Musick Law Building (LAW), Faculty Lounge
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
USCI presents a talk with Jeffrey Sean Lehman, President of the Joint Center for China-U.S. Law & Policy Studies at Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

11/28/2007: Asia, America, and the Transformation of Geopolitics
USC University Club, Banquet Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
USC U.S.-China Institute Board of Scholars member William Overholt will speak on US-China relations.

California Events 

11/14/2007: "Being Chinese and Modern: Three Unlikely Case Studies"
UC Berkeley
308J Doe Library, Berkeley, CA 94720
Cost: Free
Time: 4:15pm
Sarah Fraser gives a talk on the simultaneous development of three disciplines and an emerging nationalism. 

11/15/2007: Western Zhou Bell Music in Texts and Archaeology
UC Berkeley IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00pm
Haicheng Wang tells the stories of the ancient bronze bell sets unearthed in recent years.
11/16/2007: The Rising Tide with Gordon Chang
Crossroads School for Arts
Address: 1714 21st Street Roth Hall, Santa Monica, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Limited seating, RSVP is required
A documentary on the cultural and economic changes in China.


11/18/2007: Pacifying the Dragon: Traditional Daoist Ritual Exploring Chinese Religion and Culture
Scripps Cottage
San Diego State University, CA
10:00 a.m. Offering Rite
2:00 p.m. Pacifying the Dragon
4:00 p.m. Public Reception
San Diego State University's Department of Religious Studies hosts a rare public performance of traditional Daoist rituals.


11/19/2007: The Hierarchical Regional Space Model of China's Spatial Economy/Society
UC Berkeley Survey Research Center
2538 Channing Way, Corner of Bowditch & Channing Way
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00pm
This talk will report on work at the Regional Systems Analysis Project at UC Davis.

11/27/2007: Iconicity and Advertising: Shanghai, Mukden, Tianjin and the Modern Commodity Girl

UC Berkeley
Address: 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Cost: Free
Time: 4pm
Tani Barlow discusses the advertisments aimed at female consumers in China today.

North America: 

11/20/2007: The Great Wall of Europe: European Views of China before 1750
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Michael Keevak examines European views of China from the period of 1600 - 1750. 

11/27/2007: The China Threat: New Facts or Old Scares?
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building
1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Andrew Ross considers how and why China's economic growth has raised anxiety levels in countries like the US.


09/17/2007 - 12/21/2007: Forces: Paintings & Calligraphy 

IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318
Cost: Free
The UCB Center for Chinese Studies presents an exhibition by Lampo Leong.

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.


10/04/2007 - 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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