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USC and China in the News, March and April 2013

China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
April 26, 2013

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April 26, 2013: China Daily


USC political science professor Stanley Rosen was cited in an article about Chinese film directors. Rosen said, "Every shot of Zhang [Yimou]'s movie is like a piece of art. He is also a superb story teller when it comes to women."

 April 26, 2013: Sydney Morning Herald

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about Hollywood censoring itself to keep China happy. "There's no question that China is very sensitive to its image," said Rosen, “and as it has become richer over the past several years it's been in a position to do something about it." Nitin Govil of USC Cinematic Arts was quoted as saying that the last minute blocking of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained worried filmmakers. "Hollywood really doesn't have a problem with Chinese censorship," he said. "The problem it has is with Chinese unpredictability."

April 26, 2013: Wall Street Journal

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted in an article about Chinese nervousness about coming to the U.S. to study. He noted that one stood a far greater chance of being killed or injured in an accident than in a violent crime or terrorist attack. Dube argued that you could reduce your risk of injury or death by staying at home, but then you would be 100% guaranteed to not benefit from exploring the U.S. and experiencing American culture. What students needed to learn to do is to be aware of their surroundings so as to minimize risk.

April 25, 2013: Foreign Policy

David Kang, USC international relations professor, published an essay arguing that so far Asian nations don’t seem especially worried about China’s rising defense spending. If China’s Asian neighbors aren’t increasing spending, Kang argues, perhaps the U.S. should not be worried either.

April 25, 2013: China Daily

A new collaboration between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Beijing Film Academy was highlighted. Dean Elizabeth Daley told novice filmmakers, "All great films start inside the head, they start with the imagination." 

April 24, 2013: Central News Agency (Taiwan)

An article reported on a presentation Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute made at the Chinese Culture Center. Dube noted that Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou had managed to improve relations with China and that Ma’s 2012 peace proposal was a positive step for the region. 

April 23, 2013: Long Beach Business Journal

Richard Drobnick of the USC Marshall School of Business was quoted in an article about slower growth in U.S. exports to China and the rest of Asia. He noted that California’s clean technology sector, however, is likely to grow because of demand in China and elsewhere in Asia. 

April 23, 2013: National

An article about algae blooms in China and elsewhere included comments from USC biologist David Caron. He said, "There's no question in my mind that we are seeing a global increase in the frequency and severity of these [blooms].” 


April 17, 2013: Hollywood Reporter

A report noted that USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and the Beijing Film Academy will establish a joint program to facilitate exchange between the film industries of the two largest film markets. Endorsed by Chinese authorities and to be formally announced in conjunction with the Beijing Film Market industry gathering, the program will offer master classes beginning in June. The program is underwritten by Naga Film. 

April 16, 2013: Los Angeles Times

Bill Allen, USC alum and head of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, is part of Governnor Jerry Brown’s delegation to China. Allen’s grandparents were missionaries in China and his mother grew up there. Allen’s father wrote a book about China, illustrated with Bill’s photographs. Allen’s own first trip to China took place in 1975. As LACEDC head, his accomplishments include bringing the U.S. headquarters for Chinese automaker BYD to Los Angeles.

April 16, 2013: Radio Free Asia

An article noted that Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou spoke to audiences at Stanford and USC via videoconference. USC students from China were interviewed about Ma’s presentation. 

April 16, 2013: World Journal 世界日报

An article noted that Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou addressed audiences at Stanford and USC via videoconference. The article noted that about 100 people attended at USC. 

April 16, 2013: KSCI LA18

A USC U.S.-China Institute event was featured in a report. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou conducted a videoconference broadcast to Stanford, USC, and other sites. The report included a short interview with Clayton Dube of the institute. 

April 14, 2013: Central News Agency

Trustee and alum Daniel M. Tsai, chairman of Taiwan’s Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd., donated $1.5 million to support the creation of a center on translational medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. USC University Professor Jean Shih, who is also a member of Taiwan’s Academica Sinica, will head the center. 

April 11, 2013

Several articles, including those published by the Xinhua News Agency and USC student media, noted the USC campus remembrance on the anniversary of the 2012 murder of USC graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu. The Viterbi School of Engineering planted a Chinese bauhinia blakeana tree to honor the students.

April 9, 2013: KCRW 

The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was interviewed about California Governor Jerry Brown's trip to China. Dube noted that California is already the leading U.S. exporter of goods to China and is also the top destination for investments and tourists from China. Dube noted that while California was one of the first states to establish a trade promotion office on China, closing it in 2003 was a setback and now California is a laggard in trade promotion.

April 9, 2013: The Atlantic

An article focused on the Asia Pacific Business Outlook held at USC. Among the presentations highlighted was one by USC Trustee and alum Ronnie Chan. Chan said, "The last ten years have been a very sad period of Chinese history.  China had a great opportunity to launch, if not complete, many of the necessary social reforms. For the past ten years, China basically did nothing in that regard, and they will pay dearly for it."

April 8, 2013: KNX CBS Radio

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about California as an investment destination for Chinese companies and individuals and as an exporter of high tech and other products to China. He was interviewed as California Governor Jerry Brown begins a visit to China.

April 8, 2013: China News

An article discussed a symposium focusing on creative industries organized by Chinese students at USC. Several hundred students attended to hear presentations by industry professionals. 

April 7, 2013: New York Times

An obituary of famed documentary filmmaker and USC alum Les Blank noted that for one film, All in This Tea (2007), Blank followed David Lee Hoffman to China as Hoffman sought the most flavorful tea leaves available. 

April 6, 2013: The Economist

Research by Daniel Lynch, a USC international relations specialist, was cited in an article on China’s blocking of foreign websites. Lynch’s book, After the Propaganda State, noted that in 1997 Chinese police were seeking to acquire internet filtering software at a conference in Hong Kong.

April 3, 2013: The Atlantic

Research by USC economist John Strauss and colleagues at Peking University was highlighted. Their study identified links between health and physical height, noting that lifestyle factors and education affect how much adults “shrink” as they age.

April 2, 2013: Los Angeles Times

An article about the success Hollywood’s Village Roadshow is having making Chinese language films included a quotation from USC Political Scientist Stanley Rosen. He noted that Chinese and American co-productions sometimes run into trouble, "The Chinese side wants success outside of China. The American side wants success inside China. It's like trying to please two masters." 


March 18, 2013: Aljazeera English

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s upcoming visit to China. He discussed two pressing issues that Lew will take up with China’s President Xi Jinping and others: cybersecurity and market access. 

March 4, 2013: KPCC

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about a new effort to encourage talented screenwriters to use Beijing as a location for their films.

March 1, 2013: China Daily

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen and Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute were quoted in a story about Chinese films and the U.S. market. Rosen noted that it's especially difficult for comedy films to succeed outside of the culture which created them. Dube noted that for Chinese producers, co-production allows them the opportunity to work with some of the best-storytellers anywhere.

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