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, USC political scientist, was interviewed on the lack of success Chinese movies have had overseas. Even films set overseas haven’t done well outside of China. “You have to have a good film. Hollywood or anyone else — the film has to be good,” Rosen said.
An article about composer Zhou Tian's past and his new composition, "Transcend," noted that he studied at USC. Zhou's orchestral work is inspired by the building of transcontinental railway. The railway was completed in 1869, thanks in part to the toil of laborers from China. The Utah Symphony is one of those which commissioned the work and will perform it.
An article about a career fair sponsored by Chinese students featured quotes from Bolun Gu, a USC alum, is now a manager for the American subsidiary of China Telecom. Gu said, "China Telecom does hire international graduates because we need their Chinese language skills, and luckily, we are able to sponsor some excellent candidates." Gu further noted, “I was an international graduate from USC, I completely understand the struggle these students are facing -- I think it's getting even harder. Many companies won't even consider an international student because of how much hassle it is to offer work visa sponsorship."\
of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about recently elected Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who was in the midst of a speaking tour that brought him to Boston and Los Angeles among other places. Dube noted that U.S. politicians and policy makers didn’t yet know what to make of Han Kuo-yu who some see as a potential Kuomintang presidential candidate. Han’s victory in what has been a stronghold for the Democratic Progressive Party is an indication that voters have ever rising expectations. He now needs to make good on campaign promises he made. In visiting Los Angeles, Han wants to attract tourists and investors for Kaohsiung.
, USC political scientist and Chinese film specialist, was quoted about the “cold breeze” affecting Chinese filmmakers. Rosen said, “All of these things taken together make it look like China is not friendly at all to creative filmmaking and creative artists. [T]hat makes it even less likely that creative people are going to want to be associated with their film festivals."
An article about the increasing number of people in China and elsewhere who are electing to stay single included a quote from USC alum Michelle Yu. She said, "So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I'd rather be alone. Now, I can well manage my own money and I'm saving the down payment for buying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace."
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube
spoke at a conference to launch a documentary film consortium. Dube noted that CGTN had already produced and broadcast documentary films about China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed for a story about the Boeing/Airbus rivalry in China. Dube noted that China’s airlines traditionally divided their purchases between the two giants to keep both focused on the needs of China’s industry. Dube said, “China uses access to its market definitely to reward friends, to punish those whose behaviors, policies and practices they don’t like and they have not been bashful about that.”
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen
, in an article about Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's Hollywood ties, noted that as Chinese films attracted larger audiences Chinese authorities have become more vigilant about film piracy.
of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed on the impact of the US-China trade war and the prospects for a resolution.
, who teaches marketing at USC, was interviewed about the marketing of Shen Yun, a musical and dance troupe. He guessed that Shen Yun spends much more of its projected revenues on marketing than does Proctor & Gamble. He said, “I think that they’re probably spending more money on advertising than they really should.”