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USC and China in the News, January and February 2008

January 1, 2008

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Jan. 15, 2008: World Journal (Shijie ribao)

Clayton Dube, Associate Director of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in an article about the institute’s teacher training program. He was interviewed while leading a group of Palos Verdes Peninsula schoolteachers on a visit to the Chen Art Gallery in Torrance. He described the Freeman Foundation-funded seminar and the benefits it makes available to teachers. Dube noted that the seminar includes presentations on China, Korea, and Japan. Rosemary Claire, a former assistant superintendent with the district, and Carole O’Neill, one of the 25 participating teachers, were also interviewed.

Jan. 15, 2008: World Journal (Shijie ribao)
John Wills, Jr., USC College emeritus professor of history, was interviewed on differences between his generation of China specialists and later scholars. In 1958, when Wills entered graduate school, American students could not visit China so those interested in Chinese studies pursued them in Taiwan. After 1978, however, Chinese studies students have been going to China. Wills noted, though, that the Academica Sinica and other institutions in Taiwan remained vital centers for scholars.

Jan. 26, 2008: World Journal (Shijie ribao 世界日报)

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was among those commenting on Chinese investment in the United States. Dube suggested it was best to evaluate such investments using standard economic measures. For example,  to Lenovo's purchase of IBM's personal computer business has already yielded positive results for the parent firm and the unit that was acquired. The huge investment made in the Blackstone firm, on the other hand, has declined significantly in value. In a second article, Dube was quoted as saying that American operations of Chinese firms (such as Lenovo and Haier) should be evaluated on the quality and price competitiveness of the goods they produce, the efficiency of their production, and the benefits extended workers.

Feb.18, 2008: China Bridge

Clayton Dube, USC U.S.-China Institute associate director, was quoted in an article in China Bridge (published by Chinese Voice News) on the opening of Liu Fang Yuan, the Huntington Library and Gardens' new Chinese Garden. Dube compared the garden with those in China's Jiangsu province and said, "Liu Fang Yuan is not only beautiful, but provides educational opportunities." He suggested that teachers and students could visit and get a taste of traditional Chinese culture. 

Feb. 27, 2008: World Journal (Shijie ribao 世界日报) 

World Journal  reported on a Feb. 26 presentation hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute. Susan Shirk, a member of the USCI board of scholars, spoke on how China’s fragile domestic politics might affect its international policy. Shirk is a UCSD political scientist and was deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia during the second Clinton administration. She’s the author of China: Fragile Superpower.



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