USC U.S.-China Institute hosted a screening of Better Angels (善良的天使), a documentary film written and directed by two-time Academy Award winner Malcolm Clarke, with post-screening discussion with co-executive producer David Dreier and producer William Mundell.
USC and China in the News - July and August, 2018
China-related news involving USC research, faculty, students and organizations.
August 2, 2018: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on Southern California. Dube noted the immediate impact on the ports and distribution businesses, but also highlighted other sectors of the economy, such as tourism, that could be affected. This discussion followed interviews Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave in Hong Kong about the threat the trade was could have on Los Angeles.
July 20, 2018: China.org.cn
An op-ed noted that the Soft Power 30 survey by Portland and the USC Center for Public Diplomacy had China dropping two notches to 27th place in 2017.
July 19, 2018: South China Morning Post
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist, was quoted in a story about the film flop, Asura. Talking about the disappointing Chinese audience for recent Star Wars films, Rosen said, "[Y]ou don’t have that built-in audience in China because American films were not shown until very recently.”
July 17, 2018: World Journal 世界日报
The USC U.S.-China Institute's teacher training program and particularly its study tour for educators was profiled. Clayton Dube was interviewed about the aim to strengthen the ability of American teachers to teach about China and the rest of East Asia. Dube noted that even when U.S.-China relations are tense, the tours have continued and American understanding of China has been deepened.
July 13, 2018: Hollywood Reporter
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about the potential impact of a trade war on the American film business. He said, "China going after Hollywood in these early stages seems very unlikely, simply because it has more costs than benefits."
July 12, 2018: South China Morning Post
A report co-sponsored the USC Center for Public Diplomacy and communications consultancy Portland noted that human rights concerns and Beijing's aggressive foreign policy have hurt its soft power ranking over the last year. Portland's Jonathan McClory created The Soft Power 30 and is its principal author. USC's Jay Wang and Nicholas Cull contributed essays to the report.
July 5, 2018: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about Chinese government attempts to rein in salaries paid to film stars. Rosen said, "When you rub their face in manure, they have to do something."
The USC U.S.-China Institute hosted a discussion on American and Chinese aims and tactics in the US-China trade war as well as its impact and potential costs.
One of the most influential modern Chinese writers and the author of Lust, Caution, Eileen Chang passed away in Los Angeles in 1995. After her death, Dominic Cheung, Professor Emeritus at USC, took care of her sea burial in San Pedro and set up the Eileen Chang Special Collection in the East Asian Library at USC in 1997. Cheung will discuss these experiences as a part of the lecture series titled Los Angeles and Shanghai: The USC Nexus.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk with journalist and author Leta Hong Fincher. Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the feminist movement in China against patriarchy could reconfigure the country and the rest of the world.