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Talking Points, October 24, 2007

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October 24, 2007

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
October 24 - November 7, 2007

At its 17th National Congress this past week, the Chinese Communist Party confirmed that Hu Jintao (general secretary) and Wen Jiabao (premier) would continue to lead the country for the next five years. Several older members of the Politburo, including Zeng Qinghong (vice-president) and Wu Yi (vice-premier and China’s top-ranking woman), were replaced. Two of the new faces, Xi Jinping (Shanghai party chief) and Li Keqiang (Liaoning party chief), are assumed by many to be Hu and Wen likely successors in 2012.
Apart from announcing the personnel shifts, the delegates affirmed support for Hu Jintao’s pledge to work towards the building of a harmonious society, in part by working to reduce the country’s widening economic divisions and by rooting out official corruption. Later this month, US-China Today, the new U.S.-China Institute web magazine, will present a more detailed assessment of the Congress and how its message is being disseminated and received.
Over the next several weeks, Chinese legal trends will be examined at a “Doing Business in China” workshop at UCLA and at two USCI presentations. On Nov. 20, Jeff Lehman, former Cornell president and newly appointed chancellor of Peking University’s international law school, will speak. And on Dec. 6, USCI board of scholars member William Alford will visit. Prof. Alford directs East Asian legal studies at the Harvard Law School.
Two other upcoming USC events will address the interplay between development, environment, and local politics. On Nov. 14, Stanford’s Scott Rozelle will discuss the “marketplace” of Chinese village elections and on Dec. 10, USCI is co-sponsoring a panel discussion on “Environmental and Development Policy in China:  Is Harmonization Possible?”
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The USC U.S.-China Institute



 USC Events 

10/25/2007: 2007 USC Global Conference
Shinjuku Hilton Tokyo 6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku 6-chome Shinjuku-Ku, Japan 160-0023
Cost: Please visit website
The 2007 USC Global Conference held in Tokyo, Japan explores the opportunities and challenges facing the Pacific Rim. 

11/01/2007: Informational Session: The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
USC EALC Conference room
Taper Hall 371, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Pizza & drinks will be provided
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is offereing an info session for those interested in

California Events 

10/25/2007: From Mao to Mozart, Issac Stern in China
Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Bowers Museum
Address: 2002 N. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Free with paid admission
Phone: (714) 567-3600
Time: 1:30PM
The Bowers Museum brings an academy award winning film starring Issac Stern about China's reopening to the West in 1979.

10/25/2007: Development of Inner-Party Democracy in Taiwan and Its Consequences for Taiwan's Party Politics
10383 UCLA Bunche Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Dr. Fell will introduce how Taiwan’s political parties have democratized their candidate selection systems over the last two decades and the consequences of more authoritarian/democratic selection systems.

10/26/2007: US-China Business Law Conference
UCLA School of Law
Parking is available in for $8 in Parking Structure 3
Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
A Day-long Conference for Businesspeople & Law Professionals.
10/26/2007: The Alley-Level State: Residents and Neighborhood Organizations in Beijing and Taipei
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Ben Read compares and contrasts Beijing's Residents Committees and Taipei's Neighborhood Heads. 


10/26/2007: Lecture: Tibetan Buddhism
UCLA Charles E. Young Grand Salon
Address: 248 Kerkhoff, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:30PM
The UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies presents a talk on Tibetan Buddhism by Robert Thurman.
10/26/2007: Ann Hui: The Post-Modern Life of My Aunt (Yimade Houxiandai Shenghuo)
UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater
Address: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Part of the Jack H. Skirball Screening Series - New Chinese Cinema: The Unofficial Stories of Tang Tang, Fourth Child, Little Moth and Others
10/30/2007: Reactions to China’s Control Crisis--an Analysis of Recent Incidents of Social Unrest
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Lecture will be conducted in Chinese with English translation
Yu Jianrong explores current instances of social unrest in the People's Republic of China. 
10/31/2007: Strategic Deterrence: A Chinese Scholar’s Perspective
3401 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Bao Shixiu gives a talk on the strategic deterrence.

11/01/2007: Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation
Bechtel Conference Center
Encina Hall Stanford University 
616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30PM - 7:30PM
A panel discussion about China's emergence as a new global economic and political power. 
11/02/2007: Quanzhen Daoism in Modern Chinese Society and Culture: An International Symposium
UC Berkeley
Alumni House, Toll Room
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00AM - 5:30PM
A conference discussing the influence of Quanzhen Daoism on modern Chinese society and culture.  

11/03/2007: Forty-eight Buddhas of Measureless Life: Court Eunuch Patronage at the Sculpture Grottoes of Longmen
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Lenart Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Amy McNair presents the Twentieth Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture in Chinese Archaeology & Art.


11/03/2007: Terrorizer (Kongbu Fenzi)
ArcLight Theatre
Address: 6360 Sunset Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cost: $11.00
This film explores the power of human contact as it links together characters with a single, randomly placed phone call


11/04/2007 - 11/05/2007: Blind Mountain (Mang Shan)
ArcLight Theatre
Address: 6360 Sunset Blvd , Los Angeles 90028
Cost: $11.00
Director Li Yang captures the desperate struggles of a girl sold into a marriage in the remote rural areas of China. 
11/05/2007: Mad Detective
ArcLight Theatre
Address: 6360 Sunset Blvd , Los Angeles 90028
Cost: $11.00
Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai create a fiery action drama through a thrilling adventure exposing the dark side of Hong Kong’s police force.
11/06/2007: Night Train
ArcLight Theatre
Address: 6360 Sunset Blvd , Los Angeles 90028
Cost: $11.00
Award winning director Diao Yinan uses his hometown Xi’an as the setting for a story of contemporary provincial Chinese life.  
11/07/2007: Forces: Artist's Talk by Lampo Leong
IEAS Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Lampo Leong gives a talk on Chinese calligraphy and the art of abstract painting.

 North America Events

10/30/2007: Who Made China's One-Child Policy?
School of Social Work Building, Room 1636
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Susan Greenhalgh examines China's one-child policy from 1978 - 1980. 

11/06/2007: Making Human Rights in the Vernacular: Plural Legalities and Traveling Rights in India, China, and the U.S.A.
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
New York University's Sally Engle Merry explores the process of translating human rights into the vernacular.


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.


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