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Talking Points, October 29 - November 12, 2008

The USC U.S.-China Institute's weekly enewsletter.
October 29, 2008
USC U.S.-China Institute Weekly Newsletter
Talking Points
October 29 - November 12, 2008

USC faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to apply for USCI research support. Faculty may seek up to $15,000 for 2009-2010 projects while graduate students are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in summer fieldwork funding.  Please visit the announcements section of our website ( to see the calls for proposals and to download applications. The application deadline is March 6, 2009. 

Postdoctoral scholars are reminded that USCI is accepting applications from recent PhD recipients specializing in U.S.-China relations or an issue on contemporary China which is likely to affect U.S.-China relations. For more details please visit

This Saturday, UCLA is hosting the 21st Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese archaeology and art. This talk will examine how the atrocities of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shihuangdi, have been portrayed in literature, monuments, and pictorial art from the Han Dynasty to the Cultural Revolution. On November 6, USCI will present a talk by Norte Dame's Victoria Tin-bor Hui entitled, "What does Chinese history tell us about China’s rise?" The following week on November 13, David Bachman will be at USC to discuss "China's rise and the limits on balancing by US allies in Asia." For more information, please visit the calendar section of our website.

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11/06/2008: What Does Chinese History Tell Us About China’s Rise?
USC University Club, Banquet Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Phone: 213-821-4382
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
USCI presents a talk with Victoria Hui.

11/01/2008: Burning the Books and Killing the Scholars: Representing the Atrocities of the First Emperor of China
Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Lenart Auditorium
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
UCSB professor Anthony Barbieri-Low will deliver the 21st Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art.  

11/03/2008: Perfect Life
ArcLight Hollywood
6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
Cost: $11
Phone: 1-866-234-3378
Jenny Tse, a troubled young woman, finally gets the chance to escape her dreary industrial town by helping a disabled man carry a painting to a city near Hong Kong.  Befriending another refugee, she traverse a city that typifies a modern, increasingly urban China in transition.
11/05/2008: Red Art . . . a Documentary
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UCLA 2250 Public Policy Building
A screening of the documentary, Red Art, followed by a talk with co-director, Hu Jie.

11/06/2008: Luxury Car
Laemmle Theatres Downtown
Mandarin with English subtitles.
Call to reserve your seats:  213/613-9934
Asia Society Southern California presents this film as part of the monthly Asian Film Series.  

11/08/2008 - 11/09/2008: Female Meditation Techniques in Late Imperial and Modern China
UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall
Saturday - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday - 9 am - 12:30 pm
Several panels of experts will discuss the tradition of female meditation in this two day conference. 

North America:

11/01/2008: No Sex, No Violence, No News: The Battle to Control China's Airwaves
435 S. State Street, Auditorium A, Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
A screening of the film No Sex, No Violence, No News: The Battle to Control China's Airwaves. 

11/04/2008: The Rise of Guanxi in Chinese Transition Economy
University of Michigan
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University , Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Professor Yanjie Bian explores his theoretical model in which the role of guanxi is a function of institutional uncertainty and market competition.  

11/05/2008: Factory Towns: Portraits of Modern China
Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 918, New York, NY 10027
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
No Reservations Required
Leslie Chang, former Wall Street Journal Beijing correspondent and author of the forthcoming Factory Girls
Peter Hessler, staff writer for the The New Yorker and a contributing writer to National Geographic.

11/08/2008: Last House Standing
University of Michigan
Auditorium A, Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
A film by Chao Gan and Zi Liang; China, 2005; 54 minutes (English and Chinese with English subtitles). As China continues its unprecedented economic growth, this documentary captures the poignant story of an elderly man caught between his country's past and future.  

11/11/2008: Fall 2008 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Mayling Birney
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 S. University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Time: 12:00PM - 01:00PM
Professor Mayling Birney will speak on Chinese village election laws.
11/12/2008: Is China As Strong As It Seems?
Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 918, New York, NY 10027
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Brown Bag Lecture Series, "Reporting China" with Rob Gifford, London Bureau Chief, National Public Radio.

09/10/2008 - 01/04/2009: Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection
2626 Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus
Cost $5- 12     General Admission
141 works by 96 artists, drawn from one of the world’s most important and comprehensive collections of contemporary Chinese art. 
09/17/2008 - 01/11/2009: Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Address: 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena , CA 91101
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors
Phone: (626) 449-2742 
Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art explores how Confucian values have permeated East Asian culture. It utilizes the Museum’s own collection as a case study.  
09/05/2008 - 01/11/2009: Art and China's Revolution
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City
General admission is $10, seniors $7, students $5 and free for members and persons under 16
Asia Society Presents First Comprehensive Exhibition Devoted to Revolutionary Chinese Art from the 1950s Through 1970s. 

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