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USC And China In The News, January and February 2020

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

February 7, 2020

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

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 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.



March 2, 2020 - 5:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk with Teng Biao, a legal scholar and well-known human rights activist. 

April 9, 2020 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a talk with Julia Strauss on her new book, which focuses on the period 1949 to 1954 and compares how the Communist Party in China and the Nationalist Party in Taiwan sought to consolidate their authority and foster economic development.