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Talking Points, September 19, 2007

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September 19, 2007

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
September 19 - October 3, 2007

Tomorrow (Sept. 20), Richard Baum, UCLA political scientist and USCI Board of Scholars member, will speak on the real and potential political impact of the information revolution in China. We hope you can join us. 

The National Basketball Association is announcing today that it will launch a China subsidiary. China is already the NBA’s second largest market. Click here to read the NBA announcement. Sports, of course, have played an important role in modern U.S.-China ties. After all, U.S.-China rapprochement began with the 1971 visit of the U.S. table tennis team to Beijing. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, we celebrate the contribution of “ping pong diplomacy” by welcoming Zhuang Zedong  to USC. Mr. Zhuang was a three time world singles champion and helped to initiate the breakthrough by reaching out to American players during a tournament in Japan. Mr. Zhuang will discuss that experience and offer a ping pong demonstration. 

On Monday, Sept. 24, Liu Peng, a leading scholar from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will speak at USC on religious policies and practices in China. Other upcoming event include our October 1 event on overcoming physical and mental challenges and the stigma associated with those challenges, our October 4 examination of Taiwan-China economic ties, and our October 5 conference on efforts to develop China’s northwest. Details about these events are below and at our website.

Elsewhere in California, next week’s events include Griffith Observatory director E.C. Krupp speaking at the Bowers Museum on Chinese sky lore and the seasonal rituals of Beijing’s temples and a Berkeley discussion of democracy in Hong Kong. Details about these events and others as well as museum exhibitions are available at the calendar section of our website:

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USC U.S.-China Institute


 USC Events
USC Upstairs Cafe
Garden Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 3-5pm
Refreshments will be provided
USC U.S.-China Institute Board of Scholars member Richard Baum to speak.
09/24/2007: Religious Policies and Practices in China: An Overview

USC Leavey Library Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
tel: 213-821-4382
time:2:00PM - 3:30PM 
Professor Liu Peng will discuss the history of religious policies in the People’s Republic of China and examine the contemporary situation

09/25/2007: Ping Pong Diplomacy Revisited: Discussion and Demonstration
USC North Gym, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Phone: 213-821-4382
Three-time world champion in table tennis, Zhuang Zedong, discusses his role in U.S-China relations.

09/27/2007 - 09/28/2007: KEI/KSI Symposium: Towards Sustainable Economic & Security Relations in East Asia: U.S. & Rok Policy Options

USC Davidson Conference Center
Los Angeles, CA 90089
tel: 213-740-0005
The two-day symposium on economic and security relations in East Asia.

USC Davidson Conference Center
Embassy Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 5-8pm
Refreshments will be provided

USCI hosts a panel discussion and screening of the Chinese troupe composed of performers with disabilities. 

California Events

09/19/2007: Islam in China and Beyond: Connecting Asia with the U.S. and the Middle East
333 North College Way CA 91711, Hahn 101
Claremont, CA 91711
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Tel: 909-607-8065
Dru Gladney, President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College discusses the rising inportance of Islam in Asia and China.

 09/22/2007: Under China Skies
Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street , Santa Ana, CA 92706
Cost: Members $8; General $10
Time: 1:30PM
Tel: (714) 567-3600
The Bowers Museum presents a lecture by Dr. E. C. Krupp.

09/25/2007: Different Data Tell Different Stories: A Revisit of Some Highlights In Sino-American Relations During the Pacific War
UC Berkeley
IEAS Conference Room 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
Berkeley, CA
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Hsi-sheng Ch’i, Professor Emeritus, Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology speaks at UC Berkeley.

09/28/2007 - 09/29/2007: The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture
The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6050
Cost: Free
Tel: 510.643.6321
Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
UC Berkeley hosts a two day conference on the craft and cultural significance of hiddenness in traditional Chinese culture. Keynote Speaker: Pauline Yu.

09/28/2007: The Enchanted Nightingale
Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive
Burbank , CA 91505
Time: 1:00PM
Cost: Kids $12 & Adults (ages 13+) $15
(818) 955-8101
A play that explores the culture and beauty of a classic Chinese tale.


09/28/2007: Hong Kong-Mainland Relations and Democratic Reform
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318
Cost: Free
Tel: 510.643.6321
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Legislative Councilor Alan Leong will discuss the HKSAR Government’s latest green paper on democratic reform.

 North America Events

09/20/2007: U.S.-China Relations
Maurice East Conference Room, Suite 501
Address: 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Tel: 202) 994-5886
The Institute for Global and International Studies at The George Washington University presents a talk with Tom Christensen.

09/22/2007: Journey across the Four Seas

China Institute
125 East 65th Street , New York, NY 10021
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Cost: Free
Phone: 212-744-8181, ext. 142
The China Institute presents a lecture and book signing by Veronica Li

09/25/2007: Africa's Silk Road: China and India's New Economic Frontier
1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Tel: 734-764-6308 
Harry Broadman examines the two emerging economic giants of Asia—China and India.


09/27/2007: Shaping Taiwan's Politics : Democracy, Identity & Security 20 Years After the Lift of Martial Law
State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies hosts a day long conference on Taiwan's politics.

09/27/2007: Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man
Asia Society and Museum, Auditorium
Address: 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Cost: Free
Tel: 212-517-ASIA
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Jonathan Spence's latest book visits the end of the Ming dynasty through the eyes of a eminent scholar of that period.


09/28/2007: Symposium for Chinese Language Programs
Kellogg Conference Center of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th , New York, NY
Cost: $75
Columbia University hosts a one-day symposium on the role of university level Chinese programs.


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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