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USC and China in the News, January and February 2013

China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
February 25, 2013

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February 25, 2013: Santa Clarita Valley News


Brandon Martin, a former USC basketball star who played professional basketball in China, is taking over as California State University of Northridge athletic director. Martin earned a doctorate in education administration at USC.

February 22, 2013: Phoenix News

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for an article about the 85th Academy Awards and about Chinese investments in the US entertainment industry.

February 19, 2013: Public Radio International

Edward Lifson of the USC School of Architecture was interviewed for a story about how rapidly buildings and complexes are duplicated in China. “We’re used to things being copied, but not at this speed, and not at this scale,” he said. “When I teach Chinese students, there is a very different attitude about, let’s say, ‘honoring a master,’" Lifson notes. "They don’t call it copying or imitating, it’s a part of their educational system, you ‘honor the master.’”


February 15, 2013: Los Angeles Times

An article reported the dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by the families of two USC students who were killed in an off-campus incident in April 2013. The two students, Ming Qu and Ying Wu, were engineering graduate students from China. The Los Angeles judge dismissing the suit said the plaintiffs had not shown a link between things the university did or said and the deaths. The attorney for the families said he planned to appeal the ruling.

February 14, 2013: Xinhua News Agency via the Global Times

An article discussed an open letter to President Obama by USC Viterbi engineering professor Wenji Victor Chang. Writing on behalf of a group called "Concerned Citizens on US Policy Towards Japan," Chang called on Obama to reject the Japanese government’s request for support of its position in the dispute between China and Japan over islands called Senkaku by the Japanese and Diaoyu by the Chinese. The letter also encourages Obama to oppose any change to Article 9 (disavowing the use of war) of Japan’s constitution.

February 12, 2013: CNN

Mike Chinoy of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on Chinese reaction to the recent North Korean nuclear weapons test. Chinoy said, “Chinese companies are more involved in North Korea than they were half a dozen years ago, so the Chinese stand to lose on that front if the U.S. tightens sanctions.”

February 12, 2013: Los Angeles Times

An obituary about Chinese ping pong star Zhuang Zedong noted that the three-time world champion best known for his key role in launching “ping pong diplomacy” between the China and the U.S. in 1971 visited and spoke at USC in 2007. Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute noted that Zhuang, at a crucial moment reached out to Glenn Cowan, an American player, and made him feel welcome aboard the Chinese team bus.

February 8, 2013: Guangming Net 光明网

Sizhao Joe Qin of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was profiled in an article. Qin, a native of Shandong province, characterized Chinese students as diligent and quick to learn, but afraid of experimenting and making mistakes. He noted that many Chinese students in the U.S. fall make the mistake of only associating with other Chinese students and thus lose the opportunity to improve their English skills.

February 4, 2013: Macleans

An article on Chinese attitudes highlighted research by Richard Easterlin of the USC Dornsife College finding that life satisfaction among Chinese citizens declined between 1990 and the mid-’00s. The study found that the loss of social safety nets and income inequality drove much of that dissatisfaction. “The evidence is that the rich-poor gap in life satisfaction in China is quite high relative to most countries,” Easterlin said.

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January 25, 2013: Voice of America

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for a story about accommodations Hollywood is making to Chinese political sensibilities and about American studios being welcomed into China. Rosen said, “It's an evolving relationship, and Hollywood needs China, as the North American market has been flat. But China needs Hollywood, as well, as you see with DreamWorks going in, Disney going in.” 

January 23, 2013: CCTV

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story on the expanding US investments of Wanda, which earlier bought the AMC theatre chain. Rosen said, “It’s a cut-throat competition in China and you have to get a leg-up to get the attention of people and he’s done that. So now [Wang Jianlin is] moving into the European Union and has several deals that are about to be consummated." 

January 21, 2013: Xinhua via China Daily

Qingyun Ma, dean of USC Architecture, was interviewed for an article about agri-urbanism. Ma, who also has a winery in China, launched a project in sustainable urbanism in China. Called Jade Valley, the development includes a vineyard, a revitalized town, and other projects. Ma said, "Agri-urbanism is to help turn rural people into urbanites at their hometown by helping them live a better life, thus preventing them from flocking to cities." 

January 20, 2013: New York Times

Stanley Rosen of USC Dornsife was quoted in an article about Chinese investment in the US motion picture business. Rosen said, “Hollywood would prefer to accept what they commonly call ‘dumb money’ and not give very much back in return.  China is now pushing back.”  Click here for the Chinese version of the article.

January 18, 2013: Xinhua News Agency 新华社

Jerome Lucido of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, was quoted in an article about Chinese and other foreign students in American colleges. Lucido noted that the challenges and adjustments for such students are great including having to use English and to become comfortable with more give and take between professor and student in the classroom. 


January 17, 2013: Xinhua News Agency 新华社

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for an article about the difficulties Chinese films have in the US market.

January 17, 2013: Ventura County Star

USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted in an article about the Falun Gong religious group.

January 15, 2013: Voice of America 美国之声

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in a story about China’s film industry. He noted that China had invested in the US, buying the AMC theater chain. Rosen said that censorship remains a big factor holding China back. Had Feng Xiaogang been permitted to make a film about the post-Great Leap Forward famine instead of the 1942 famine (which occurred before the Chinese Communist Party took over China), Rosen thinks it would have been a big box office success. 

January 11, 2013:

A meeting between a delegation of USC Annenberg public diplomacy students and Chinese specialists was the subject of an article. Students Amanda Hu and Frank Cheng were among those mentioned. 

January 11, 2013: People’s Daily

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the effort to widen the audience for Chinese martial arts films. He said, "Most Chinese wuxia films cannot make it into mainstream theaters, but end up in cinemas in Chinese communities ...  A few renowned directors, such as Zhang Yimou, can have their films released in art-house theaters, but most Chinese directors won't have any (US) theatrical release at all." 

January 11, 2013: Xinhua News Agency 新华社

A wire service interview with the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube focused on Chinese students in the U.S. Dube noted how Chinese students in the U.S. have changed since the 1980s. Dube argued that it’s much easier for current students from China to immerse themselves in American student life. They are more confident, usually have stronger language skills, and by virtue of China’s greater openness have a better idea of what to expect. 

January 4, 2013: New Talk Taiwan 新頭殼

An article noted that members of the USC U.S.-China Institute met with Frank Hsieh, former prime minister of Taiwan and a leader of the Democratic People’s Party to discuss Hsieh’s trip to the Chinese mainland and DPP efforts to improve relations with the U.S. Phoenix also reported the visit. 

January 4, 2013: Radio Free Asia  自由亚洲电台

An article noted that USC has more than 2,500 students from China and that Chinese students make up the largest group of foreign students in the US. 





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