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USC And China In The News, January and February 2016

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

January 5, 2016
February 25, 2016: CNN
USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy was interviewed for a story on Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Chinoy said, "He's aggregated a tremendous amount of power. He controls all these leading groups, the economy and foreign affairs so the buck stops with him…. And there are a lot of people he has antagonized, waiting for him to do something wrong."
February 18, 2016: The New Daily (Australia)
Research by Annette Kim of the USC Price School was cited in an article. Kim studied people who live underground in China. Kim carried out fieldwork in Beijing and mapped these residences determining that for many workers, proximity to their jobs was a key factor in their choosing to save money by living in underground residences. 
February 17, 2016: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for an article about a large investment by Perfect World, a Chinese video game company, in Universal Pictures. Rosen said, “As with all of these deals, the importance to the Hollywood studio is the access to capital and the possibly increased access to the Chinese box office.”
February 16, 2016: Xinhua
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed for a story on a meeting President Obama hosted at Annenberg Sunnylands with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 
February 14, 2016: Los Angeles Times
An article focused on an exhibit of Ming dynasty artifacts at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. "Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th Century China" features archaeological finds ranging from jewelry to devotional statues, porcelain and more - many of which are being displayed in the U.S. for the first time.
February 4, 2016: Los Angeles Times
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for an article about ESPN’s efforts to enter China. He noted that China represented a “last big frontier” for the network. 
February 4, 2016: CNN
Mike Chinoy, a USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow, was quoted in a story on China’s cross-border crackdown on dissent. Chinoy said, "This is really the first time that we've seen in such an over flagrant way -- irrespective of the international fallout -- that the Chinese government and security services have been going around and literally just taking people from other countries and spiriting them back to China."
February 4, 2016: KPCC
Ivy Lu, a USC biomedical engineering student was among those interviewed at a theatre screening a Chinese language version of Kung Fu Panda 3. Lu said she just wanted to see a Chinese movie in Chinese. The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was also interviewed. Dube noted that for both the filmmakers and the exhibitors it was a way reach the largest possible audience and to get their product out to that audience before they might be tempted by bootleg versions. Dube also noted that the exhibitor, China’s Wanda, also scores points with the Chinese government by helping it reach Chinese speakers in the U.S.
January 26, 2016: Los Angeles Times

USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Oriental Dreamworks. "Kung Fu Panda is an established franchise," Rosen said. "The real test will come with the next couple [of films] they are doing, and given DreamWorks' recent track record, there are no guarantees."

January 25, 2016: Los Angeles Times

USC’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s project to interview survivors of the 1937 Nanjing massacre was featured in an article. Karen Jungblut, the institute’s research director, was quoted: "This is probably the last time we can interview the survivors directly…. The least we can do is let them know the world is interested in them."

January 17, 2016: AFP via Yahoo

In a widely circulated article, the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube said many Taiwanese see their homeland in the same way Taiwanese pop star Chou Tzu-yu was treated in the last days before the presidential election. Dube was quoted, "Taiwan is subject to both as well: threats to its economic wellbeing and sledgehammer rhetoric in Internet forums."
January 16, 2016: Slate
An article about the impact of the pressure on pop star Chou Tzu-yu, who apologized for holding Taiwan’s flag quoted the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube . Dube said that the incident would likely boost turnout for the Democratic Progressive Party, which did win the election. 
January 16, 2016: AFP via Inquirer
Clayton Dube of the USC US-China Institute was quoted in an article about a Taiwanese pop star and the Taiwan presidential election. Dube said, “Any boost to the turnout likely helps Tsai [Ing-wen, the eventual victor] and the DPP, particularly since this has gone viral among young people.”
January 15, 2016: American Public Radio, Marketplace
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube discussed the state of the Chinese economy and links between the U.S. and China. 
January 13, 2016: Variety
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was cited in an article about Dalian Wanda’s acquisition of Legendary Pictures, a prominent Hollywood production company. Rosen said that the purchase is likely to cause Alibaba’s Jack Ma to move to acquire a Hollywood studio. He said, “You will see a major competition between these two — Wang and Ma — and then a battle over marketing and distributing the content in China.” 
January 13, 2016: Los Angeles Times
For a story about Wang Jianlin and Wanda’s efforts to buy Legendary, a Hollywood production company, USC political scientist and film specialist Stanley Rosen was quoted. Rosen noted that, unlike some Chinese business figures, Wang “is building credibility so that when he expresses interest, you know it is going somewhere, it is not just talk.”
January 11, 2016: Foreign Affairs
USC international relations specialist Daniel Lynch published an essay arguing that China was still powerful, but let potent. Lynch wrote, “The reality is that China is staring economic stagnation in the face, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is panicking.” He argues that the strategic shifts the CCP is making, “cannot possibly succeed in time to prevent China’s rise from ending.”
January 8, 2016: Wired
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film expert, was quoted in a story about Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in China. Rosen said, “I would be surprised if it sees a really good result [earning more money than Fast and Furious 7 did earlier in the year]…. I think it’ll be tough to sell” because it’s competing against other strong films. 
January 7, 2016: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on the NPR-affiliate’s Take Two program about the potential implications of China’s economic slowdown for Southern California. Dube noted that while the China’s currency has dropped by 9% to the U.S. dollar over the last year that U.S. real estate and education remain attractive for Chinese buyers and that the U.S. remains an investment safe haven. At the same time, the stronger dollar will be a blessing for U.S. importers. China needs technology to increase production efficiency and to battle pollution. American companies with such technologies will find that Chinese buyers are going to be increasingly eager to pay to get them. 
January 6, 2016:
Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the USC U.S.-China Institute, answered questions about the implications for China of North Korea’s most recent nuclear bomb test. He wrote, “It's a real slap in the face to the Chinese and Beijing has got to be absolutely furious… We may have seen a precursor of this with the bizarre case of the all-girl band who canceled their China tour. They came to Beijing just as Kim announced they had a hydrogen bomb capability. Clearly, the North Koreans are not weak and vulnerable to Chinese pressure. Or they calculate that the Chinese are not going to do enough to make a difference and I think they are right.”
January 5, 2016: New York Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen  was quoted in an article about Dalian Wanda’s purchase of Legendary Entertainment, a Hollywood production company. Wanda is headed by China’s richest man Wang Jianlin. Rosen said, “[Wang is] basically putting himself in such an important position that makes it really difficult for the government to go after him, because he’s actually carrying the water for the government in terms of making inroads into Hollywood.”
January 4, 2016: Time Magazine
Tim Brunold, USC Dean of Admissions, was quoted in a story about whether or not China’s economic woes would impact the flow of Chinese students to the United States. Brunold said, “We are not particularly worried because it’s such an enormous market… If anything, we don’t expect a large growth from China, but not much of a downturn either. We think we’ve found an equilibrium with China.”
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