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China’s Environment: Citizen Activism and Policy Change

Cornell University's Andrew Mertha will speak at SDSU on the topic of China's environmental policy.

Urban Environmental Change in China, the U.S., and Hong Kong

Panel discussion on the urbanization of American and Chinese cities and how their global enivronmental footprint is on the rise, and most important what to do about it. 

China's Coming Water Crisis

One dilemma shared by both China and California is the increased scarcity of water owing to poor resource management and climate change. Dai Qing, one of China's most remarkable public intellectuals and a long-time activist on environmental issues, will explore how China's coming water crisis will affect its economic and political future.

Trash for Cash: Making a Killing and Making a Living on Garbage in China

Pomona College's Pacific Basin Institute presents a talk by Joshua Goldstein on the growing global garbage complex from the perspective of China's street-level trash traders.

Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism

Vegetarianism lies at the center of a contested ethical field in Tibetan Buddhism. On the one hand, the vinaya (the rules of monks) explicitly allows monks to eat meat. On the other hand, Tibetan Buddhism idealizes the practice of compassion, and expects practitioners to focus their efforts on relieving the suffering of all sentient beings—a category that explicitly includes animals. Finally, many sets of tantric vows actually require practitioners to eat some meat. In this paper I will discuss this tripartite ethical tension surrounding meat eating, exploring each of these three perspectives as well as the ethical and rhetorical strategies Tibetan thinkers have used to understand and reconcile these disparate views.



June 4, 2020 - 5:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Hong Kong based author and photographer Antony Dapiran for a look at his new book on the city's protests and what they mean for the future of Hong Kong and China.

June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online discussion with Professor Margaret Lewis on how the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.