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USC And China In The News, March And April 2017

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

April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017: China Daily

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in a story about a Chinese version of Saturday Night Live to be produced by Alibaba’s Youku video platform. He said, "I think the appetite for comedy in China is very strong. You can see that in all the spoofing that takes place on the internet, although the scathing satire there will of course not be allowed."

April 26, 2017: The Korea Times

USC historian Kyung Moon Hwang published an op-ed, “How Chinese was Chinese history?” criticizing how Chinese history is presented in China. He highlighted the Goguryeo and Silla kingdoms in Korea which were distinct from Han and Tang dynasty China. 

April 20, 2017: China Film Insider
USC alum Melanie Ansley was interviewed about her work bringing Chinese and Americans together via film. She is executive director of the China Hollywood Society and a film she’s produced, King of Peking, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. 
April 18, 2017: Quartz
Kyung Moon Hwang, Korean history specialist at USC, was interviewed for an article about Donald Trump’s statement that he’d learned from Xi Jinping that “Korea actually used to be part of China.” Hwang said, “No respectable historian would make such a claim… It’s possible that Xi said something like this, as such a story has been part of the nationalist history project under the Chinese Communist Party for a couple of decades.”
April 16, 2017: Xinhua News Agency
A widely circulated story highlighted the Annenberg Film Market Association annual Film Festival of Young Cinema event held at USC over the weekend. It was the fourth annual festival and included 12 short films. Ben Lee, USC communication management professor, was among the speakers at the gathering.  He highlighted growing interest in both China and the U.S. in better understanding each other’s film markets. Jurors included film industry veterans including Zhou Tiedong of the China Film Group, and Emmy-winning producer Mary Lou Belli. Chinese report by Central News Agency (Taiwan):  Mei Liying won the best film award for her film Cocoon and Cui Rui won best director award for his film Jade Butterfly.
April 15, 2017: Fresno Bee
Research from Blue Skies Over Beijing by USC economist Matthew Kahn was highlighted. Kahn notes that China’s investing in green technologies out of self-interest. 
April 14, 2017: China Daily
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist, was interviewed about the prospects of the film “The Fate of the Furious” in China. Unlike most film sequels, each film in the Furious series has made more money in China than its predecessor. Rosen said that, Chinese audiences would appreciate getting to see the film at the same time it opens in North America. He said, "The key to the box office is the number of screens it plays on and the marketing budget. In both cases the film is well placed to be a monster hit."
April 7, 2017: University World News
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about China’s efforts to strengthen its film industry to make it number one globally and to enhance its soft power. He said that the effort has not yet been very successful “because of constraints on making films.” Alan Baker, associate dean of the USC School for Cinematic Arts, said that “Most of our [overseas] programs over the past few years have been in China because they seem to be the most ambitious in starting film programs, and training new writers, directors, producers and other kinds of creative crew.” The article noted that USC’s cinema school has collaborations with Shanghai Tech University and Beijing Film Academy. 
April 6, 2017: Vox
David Kang, a USC international relations specialist, was interviewed about the relative military capacity of China and the United States. Kang noted,  “China has one aircraft carrier that barely works, the US has 11… China has around 260 nuclear warheads, we have 4,600.” He also said, “The US still devotes almost twice the proportion of a much larger economy (3.3 percent) to its military than does China (1.9 percent).”

April 6, 2017: US China Press 僑報

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was quoted about the upcoming Xi-Trump summit in Florida. He noted that it was a good opportunity for Xi and Trump to get to know each other a bit and to outline what they hope for in the U.S.-China relationship. Dube discussed what China and the United States hoped to get out of the meeting. 

April 6, 2017: KCRW

Press Play featured the USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube talking about the EB-5 investor visa program. Dube noted that the program, which permits foreigners to earn a path to U.S. citizenship by investing in businesses or projects that create jobs, has been especially attractive to Chinese who are eager to establish an American base for their families. 

April 6, 2017: KNX
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the agenda for the Trump-Xi summit. Dube noted that while the U.S. considers North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program to be an existential threat, for China it is a mere nuisance and they fear collapse of the North Korean government more. As a result real progress on the issue is likely to be limited. Dube also discussed trade-related items likely to be on the agenda.
April 5, 2017: Los Angeles Daily News
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on how the Trump-Xi summit affects Southern California. Dube noted the importance of the U.S.-China relationship, saying that it was vital to “get it right,” that we need to “find common ground.” He said that investing in American infrastructure is one area where American and Chinese “interests, needs and resources” fit together well. The article was also published by the Long Beach Press-Telegram
April 4, 2017: KPCC
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the upcoming Trump-Xi summit. Dube noted the importance of the US-China relationship to the Southern California economy, highlighting trade through regional ports and Chinese investment in the region. (Segment starts at 8:13.)
April 3, 2017: Voice of America
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the Chinese government’s efforts to improve its image abroad. While some have called for the U.S. to restrict Chinese media access or investment in Hollywood, Dube said, "By curtailing that openness, by curtailing that free flow of information, we are sending a signal that we are afraid of that. America’s great success and its soft power comes from its openness, comes from its engagement." The article was also published in Chinese:
March 24, 2017: Irish Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in an article about the election of the Hong Kong chief executive. He said that John Tsang’s popularity with the public probably worked against him. Rosen said, “Tsang’s popularity suggests to Beijing that he would have more than one master – not just Beijing, but also Hong Kong public opinion – and that makes him unpredictable and even dangerous.”
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about toy companies Jakks and Mattel’s opportunities in China. Dube highlighted the size of the market (235 million under age 14) but thought that the relaxation of the family planning policy would not dramatically increase the number of kids. Dube noted that the companies needed to have a strong ecommerce strategy. 
March 18, 2017: People’s Daily; Sina News 新浪 (includes photos)
The opening of the USC – Shanghai Jiaotong University Cultural Creative Industries Institute was celebrated on March 18 in Shanghai. USC’s Patricia Riley, Baizhu Chen, and Ben Lee were among the USC faculty cited in the story. The institute occupies 8,000 square meters and includes a number of industry partnerships, including with Microsoft’s Xbox operation. Cooperation between the schools is a decade old. The opening was attended by a number of university leaders as well as the deputy head of Minhang District, where the institute is located. 
March 13, 2017: The China Press 侨报

The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the upcoming Trump-Xi summit. He highlighted the importance of the meeting, the first between a Chinese leader and the new U.S. president. He further noted that while there are always issues in U.S.-China relations, the gaps between positions articulated by Trump and Xi are wide. Dube’s comments were also included in another story on the summit.

March 13, 2017: The Hollywood Reporter

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed for a story on Netflix’s failed effort to enter the China market. He noted that China’s government would not appreciate Netflix’s purchase of streaming rights for a film about Joshua Wong, a teenager who was among the leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. Rosen said, “It’s very possible, even likely, that Netflix has seen the handwriting on the wall — that they’re not getting into China within any foreseeable future projection and, by standing up for ‘freedom and civic engagement,’ the company looks good internationally and can even make a bit of money. After all, it’s hard not to sympathize with a 17-year-old who stands up to overwhelming pressure — the David and Goliath angle.”

March 10, 2017: Los Angeles Times

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was asked about the decision of Chinese firm Wanda to cancel its purchase of Dick Clark Productions. Rosen said, “The hit to their credibility and the multifaceted attacks they are facing make this a challenging time for Wanda and Wang Jianlin."

March 10, 2017: Forbes
Stanley Rosen, a USC political scientist was interviewed about Wanda's failed attempt to buy Dick Clark Productions. He said, “You can’t look at it purely in terms of economics... He’s buying credibility...He has been very vocal in saying he wants to be a global player and make China a global player.”
March 10, 2017: Signal Tribune
A presentation by Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute on Chinese millennials was highlighted.

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