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USC and China in the News, September and October 2007

October 31, 2007

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Sept. 5, 2007: Interior Design

A story highlighted an upcoming guest lecture by Qingyun Ma, dean of the USC School of Architecture. Ma will speak at a lecture series sponsored by the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the story reported. The subject of Ma's lecture will be "Curatorial Urbanism." Ma is principal of the Shanghai-based firm Mada S.P.A.M., the article noted.

Sept. 12, 2007: The Christian Science Monitor

Daniel Lynch of the USC College was quoted about China sending a government representative to speak with the Save Darfur Coalition. It is hard to know if initiatives such as these represent "fundamental changes or tactical concessions in the year before the Olympics," Lynch said. "T]he Chinese Communist Party is going to have increasing problems managing its own image as the global civil society becomes more important in setting the global agenda," Lynch continued. "It finds the very concept of civil society hard to deal with."

Oct. 8, 2007: Los Angeles Times

Clayton Dube, associate director of the USC U.S.-China Institute, was quoted about a Rose Parade float celebrating the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The float has sparked protest by some Chinese American activists and human rights groups and some Pasadena city officials, the story reported. "Does Beijing now regret having this float? I'm sure there are people who wish this wasn¹t an issue," Dube said. "The area of interchange between the U.S. and China is expanding so dramatically that the potential areas where friction can develop are also expanding."

Oct. 15, 2007: South China Morning Post

A story cited a 2005 study conducted by USC, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the think tank Civic Exchange. The study showed that residual oil combustion for marine vessels around Hong Kong¹s Kwai Chung Terminal container port was responsible for about 36 percent of the sulfur dioxide measured at the department¹s general air quality stations.

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