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USC and China in the News, July and August 2012

China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
August 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012: CNN

USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy was interviewed for a story about China’s upcoming leadership transition. Chinoy noted, "The party cannot just tell people what to do… It's a much more interactive, back-and-forth process, so it's a brand new world for the party." 

August 31, 2012: China Daily

A story about a Chinese aviation company’s efforts to expand in the US included comments from the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube. Dube noted that after the violent suppression of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, President George H.W. Bush blocked the Chinese acquisition of an aviation parts manufacturer. Dube said, The CATIC case occurred at a very different time. 

August 17, 2012: Foreign Policy

A frequently reprinted essay noted that USC Dornsife’s Richard Easterlin found that life satisfaction in China declined from the 1990s to the mid-2000s while incomes rose. Easterlin’s student Robson Morgan wrote about this in 2008 for US-China Today.

August 14, 2012: CW

An interview with filmmaker Peter Navarro noted that his film Death by Chinawould be screened at USC.


August 13, 2012: CNTV

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed for a story on Hollywood studios making deals with Chinese partners. Rosen said, "I was at the Beijing film screenings, and James Cameron was there at the film festival. Everybody's going to China now."

August 10, 2012: Boston Globe

An article about Chinese investment in the United States, cited Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube was quoted, “There is concern that we are essentially compromising our ability to compete.... “On deals involving telecommunications or green technologies, flags will always go up somewhere automatically.”

August 8, 2012: Aljazeera

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on what the trial of Gu Kailai might suggest about China's leadership transition.

July 30, 2012: Hexun Network

USC Viterbi Engineering professor Sheldon Lu was cited in an article on a meeting to discuss the role of universities in promoting sustainable development. Lu argued that universities had to become places emphasizing interdisciplinary training and intercultural education if they are to begin to address sustainability challenges. 

July 27, 2012: Christian Science Monitor

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about Hollywood efforts to please Chinese authorities. Rosen noted that the makers of Red Dawn (itself a remake) to change the invaders from Chinese to North Korean. He said, "They couldn't quite get rid of everything; but they changed uniforms, flags, and things like that." 

July 24, 2012: Chinese Dragon Network 华龙网

An article noted that many incoming USC students from China continue to elect to live near the campus. The article noted that Chinese students already at USC work to pick incoming students up at the airport and to help them get situated in the U.S.

July 26, 2012: Inside Higher Ed

Megan Wang, assistant director of USC admissions, was quoted in an article about the challenges associated with determining the validity of transcripts and other educational documents from China and elsewhere. She said, “Have a map of China on your wall. Know that if a student attended a certain high school but gave you a mailing address in another city, that is not his parental home address, that there is something fishy there.”

July 19, 2012: Voice of America

In an article on Chinese pressure on members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over South China Sea disputes, Phat Kosal, a USC researcher, said that Vietnam was upset that Cambodia elected to side with China in its dispute with Vietnam. Kosal said, "I think there must be some kind of resentment [on behalf of Vietnam], but not to the level that there is a split in the future because Vietnam knows that Cambodia cannot do much as it is so much under China's pressure. Cambodia needs assistance to develop its economy," 

July 18, 2012: Forbes

In an op-ed, USC Marshall economist Baizhu Chen wrote that “Labeling China as a currency manipulator is counterproductive. China is likely to retaliate. If that happens, it will hurt America as much as it hurts China.” 

July 18, 2012: Forbes

Rosa Trieu, a USC Annenberg student, wrote that China’s housing market was “bottoming out” after an eight-month decline in prices. 

July 17, 2012: China Daily

Jonathan Samet, director of the USC Institute for Global Health, was quoted in an article on the low awareness among Chinese health workers of health hazards posed by smoking. He said, "I think it's important that they (health workers) become role models for not smoking and they certainly should not smoking in front of their patients. They have to give their patients the opportunity to be advised about how to stop."

July 17, 2012: U-T San Diego

U-T San Diego highlighted USC’s relationship with China, noting that the university is known for its large enrollment of international students. China surpassed India as the largest source of those students three years ago, said USC Dean of Admissions Timothy Brunold. Six years ago, USC had roughly a dozen Chinese undergraduates; this fall, 150 Chinese undergrads and 200 Chinese graduate students are enrolled. “China is definitely the story,” Brunold said. “You almost can’t turn a corner in China without running into somebody from another (U.S. higher-education) institution.”

July 15, 2012: Global Times

Two months after the arrest of the two shooters charged with murdering two Chinese students at USC, the two defendants have not been arraigned.  It is aslo said that they would only receive a penalty of 20 years in jail even when convicted. Chinese students at USC started a campaign and have collected over 7,000 signatures for a petition to urge prosecutors to consider capital punishment instead.

July 11, 2012: The Wrap

This article draws on an earlier interview where Stanley Rosen, director of the East Asian Studies Center at the University of Southern California, expressed concerns that “a generation of moviegoers could emerge with a skewed, sanitized view of China in which human-rights abuses and even the grittiness of everyday life are swept under the rug.”

July 4, 2012: BBC News (U.K.)

Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School was cited in an article on China’s use of “panda diplomacy.”

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