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Talking Points, September 26, 2007

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September 26, 2007

USC U.S.-China Institute

Talking Points
September 26 - October 9, 2007

China’s ruling Communist Party will hold its 17th National Congress beginning October 15. Those attending will adopt measures setting “scientific development” as the country’s central aim. “Scientific development” is said to be “people-centered development that is comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable” and brings progress to both urban and rural areas and across the nation’s regions. It is to forge a balance between development and environmental protection and between promoting domestic enterprises and welcoming foreign investment and trade. Next week, the USC U.S.-China Institute offers three programs looking at related issues.
On October 1st, we focus on policies and practices toward the physically and mentally challenged. Presenters include the founder of the Chinese People’s Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe and USC faculty. We will screen My Dream, a documentary chronicling the preparation and performances of the troupe.
On October 4th, we turn our attention to Taiwan’s investment in China with presentations by economists and political scientists. And on October 5th, we host a day-long symposium on efforts to develop China’s northwest.
Elsewhere in California, events include discussions democratic reform in Hong Kong and of employing new technologies to preserve the treasures of Dunhuang. On October 6th, the classic Dream of Red Mansions comes alive in a Shaoxing Opera performance. Details about the above events and others are below and in the calendar section of our website:
Those who missed Amb. Wang Yunxiang’s presentation or that of Prof. Richard Baum can read reports about them at our website. Prof. Baum’s paper on the implications of China’s information revolution is also available there. Photos and a story about Zhuang Zedong, one of the key figures in U.S.-China ping pong diplomacy, will soon be available at the website.
Secondary school teachers are invited to enroll in one of our three fall East Asia and New Media seminars or our October 20th workshop on Images of East Asia. Details and applications are at:
As always, we welcome your comments on Talking Points and our programs. Please write to us at And we appreciate your passing the newsletter on to others. Your friends and colleagues can subscribe at:
Best wishes,
The USC U.S.-China Institute



 USC Events
09/26/2007: One China, Two Systems: Hong Kong vs. Taiwan
Address: USC SOS B-40
Cost: Free
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM
Ilan Alon compares and contrasts Chinese policies in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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. 

10/04/2007: Cross-Straits Economic Relations

USC Upstairs Cafe
Address: Garden Room, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
USCI and the Institute for Taiwanese Studies presents a panel discussion which examines the Cross-Straits Economic Relations between China and Taiwan.

10/05/2007: China’s Great Western Development
USC Leavey Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Evaluations and Perspectives on China’s Most Sweeping Developmental Initiative: The Great Western Development Project

California Events

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.

10/02/2007: Yin Yu Tang: The Voices and Spaces of a Chinese Home
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Address: Friends Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Cost: Free
Phone: 626-405-2100
Time: 7:30 PM
Nancy Berliner, curator of Chinese art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts Home will examine the architecture and history of Yin Yu Tang.

10/04/2007: The Present and Future of Conservation of Mogao Caves & Digital Works of Dunhuang Mogao Caves
IEAS Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA
Cost: FREE
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
The colloquium discusses the possibility of using digital technology to preserve the exquisite caverns of Mogao.


10/05/2007 - 10/06/2007: Catching the Wave: Connecting East Asia Through Soft Power
Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free
UC Berkeley hosts a two day conference which explores soft power in East Asia.


10/05/2007: Performance: Shangri-la Chinese Acrobats
Beckman Auditorium, Caltech
Address: 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA
Cost: $28, $23, $18 / $10 youth
Phone: 626-395-4652
Time: 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Under the direction of acrobatic legends the Hai Family, the company flawlessly interprets the precision and grace of Chinese acrobatics.


10/06/2007: Dream of the Red Mansions
Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center
Address: 4640 N. Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Cost: $20
Time: 7:00PM - 9:30AM
A Shaoxing opera performance based on the classic novel Hong Lou Meng (A Dream of Red Mansion).


10/09/2007: Challenges and Opportunities for American Lawyers in China or with Chinese Companies
Room 105, Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA
Cost: FREE (Registration Required)
Time: 12:40PM - 2:30PM
Carmen Chang explores the adaptations of both the American and Chinese legal professions in response to China’s continuing modernization.

 North America Events

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.

10/02/2007: China and the Global Politics of Cultural Heritage
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Magnus Fiskesjo examines China's request for US restrictions on illicit trading of antiquities smuggled from China.

10/09/2007: The Politics of Quality (suzhi) in the Global Economy
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address: 1080 S. University , Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
University of Michigan's Center for Chinese Studies presents a talk with Ann Anagnost.


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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