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USC And China in the News in 2020

China-related news involving USC research, faculty, students and organizations.


May 16, 2020

Click here for earlier media notes involving USC faculty, staff and students and China.

May 15, 2020: Los Angeles Times
This report on USC's virtual commencement noted that the program streamed in Mandarin and Spanish as well as English.
May 14, 2020: LAist
An article about disappearing sales to Chinese hitting shops hard cited a report by USC Annenberg Media.
May 14, 2020: Xinhua
A USC Center for the Study of the Digital Future survey was cited in a report on the U.S. official Americans most trust for information on covid-19. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, was the most trusted official.
May 14, 2020: Salt Lake Tribune
USC's Adam Powell (Center for Communication Leadership and Policy) and Clifford Newman (Center for Computer Systems Security) were cited in a story about the potential for cyber disruption of the 2020 election.
May 13, 2020: CNN
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about cyberespionage charges made by the FBI towards China and how they fit with the downward trajectory in U.S.-China relations.
May 13, 2020: Tech in Asia
The report tells of Turing Video, a start-up founded by USC alum Song Cao and UCLA alum Xing Zhong. Inspired by the tragic slaying of a USC student in 2014, the founders created a video monitoring robot.
April 2, 2020: LAist
Former USC admissions officer Hiu Kit David Chong confessed to taking payments from the families of applicants from China. Chong left USC in 2016.  LA Times story
March 6, 2020: Marketplace Radio
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted for a story about the impact of the coronavirus on the film industry: “You can’t produce a major Hollywood film, a blockbuster film, without having the China market as part of your strategy. In many cases, like the ‘Fast and the Furious’ or ‘Transformers,’ the China market can be bigger.” 
March 3, 2020: NBC
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for an article about the impact of the coronavirus on the entertainment industry. He noted that the closure of theatres may delay the opening of Mulan, the new Disney film.

February 25, 2020: KCRW  

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the economic ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in China. He noted the disruption of supply chains, particularly for telecommunications equipment, autos and pharmaceuticals. 

February 23, 2020: Variety

A story about a new film, The Italian Recipe, noted the director is USC alum Hou Zuxin. Hou is directing her first feature film. The Italian Recipe is an Italian-Chinese co-production. 

February 21, 2020: Los Angeles Business Journal

Baizhu Chen, USC finance specialist, was interviewed about Oaktree Capital’s opening of a subsidiary in China. Chen noted that China was becoming more open to financial companies, “I think the trend going forward is going to be more opening and less restrictions for the foreign participants.”

February 13, 2020: The World and Everything in It

A story on the role of Confucius Institutes featured comments from the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube. Dube noted that closing the institutes might not be in American interests and that it is essential to fund programs to increase Chinese language teaching and teaching about China. 

Feb. 7, 2020: KPCC

The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was quoted in a report on the impact of the novel coronavirus on supply chains.

February 6, 2020: Voice of America (Spanish) 

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on California and other regions. At the 21:30 mark. 

Feb. 6, 2020: Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance

In a study of Chinese giving to universities, USC finished second to Harvard.

Feb. 5, 2020: Los Angeles Times

USC historian William Deverell was quoted in a story about how connected the U.S. and China are. He said, “We have a political and economic climate that has furthered antagonisms between [the U.S. and China]. Add to this the virus, and we don’t know where enmity might take us.”

Feb. 5, 2020: Voice of America

A report on USC and the coronavirus and the travel ban included interviews with students from China and Heather Wipfli of the Keck School of Medicine.

Feb. 4, 2020: Bloomberg

An article highlighted USC’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in China. USC suspended study abroad programs in China and cancelled study tours planned for the next couple months. LA Daily News also reported on this. 

Feb. 3, 2020: Reuters

USC Student Health Director Sarah Van Orman was quoted in a story on how universities are responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China. Van Orman said, “Colleges and universities are very much on the front line of those because of our role as global institutions. The challenge is making sure that we are being prudent without overstating the risk.” She also noted the need to avoid stigmatizing any population, “There’s an unfortunate history about many communicable diseases that have started in one population. It leads to harm for those individuals and does nothing to stop the spread of the illness.”

Feb. 2, 2020: Los Angeles Times

USC was featured in a story about the dangers of misinformation in the midst of a disease scare.  An off-campus apartment building was the scene of a coronavirus scare, that USC responded to with an emergency alert informing everyone that the scare was unwarranted, there was no case of the virus at the apartment complex. Sarah Van Orman, head of USC Student Health, was quoted: “That particular notification came really near the peak of what I would call the general concern and worry present not only at USC but the entire country.” Journalism professor Gabriel Kahn was also cited: “Ironically, speed is important on those things [information about a disease outbreak]. But at the same time, those are the ones you have to be most certain about verifying before you share, and that goes against our instincts as human beings.”

February 1, 2020: The Economist

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the Chinese government’s decision to close theaters because of the coronavirus outbreak. He noted that by closing down, the government signaled it was putting safety ahead of commercial interests. 

January 29, 2020: LAist

A story about Chinese fans love of Kobe Bryant included interviews with USC students Jiayi Liu and Xinchi Zhang and recent USC grad Zihan Rui. 

January 14, 2020: Washington Post

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was cited in an article about China’s response to developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Dube noted that the Chinese government has blamed foreign interference for the problems and said, “The rhetoric has three audiences,” he said. “In China to reassure both the powerful and the governed that the line on territorial integrity is bright red; to remind Taiwan and Hong Kong of that bottom line; and to try to intimidate others (countries, businesses) into complying with both real and symbolic requirements to acknowledge Beijing's claims.”

January 14, 2020: New York Times

USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about Disney’s trouble getting people to watch Star Wars films in China. Rosen said, “Most people would say that Disney did too little too late, that ‘Star Wars’ was dead on arrival.” 

January 13, 2020: Inside Higher Ed

In a podcast, USC international relations specialist Ben Graham observes that in its competition with China, America’s advantage is its pool of immigrants.

January 12, 2020: AFP via France24

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about Beijing’s possible reactions to Tsai Ing-wen’s reelection as president of Taiwan. Dube noted that Beijing is likely to maintain its sanctions against Taiwan. Also in UltimaHora and SwissInfo.

January 9, 2020: Pasadena Now

Chinese artists in Los Angeles are among those included in the “We are Still Here” exhibition to open in March at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The museum will also open its renovated Chinese Gallery.



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.