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USC and China in the News, September and October 2013

China-related news stories featuring University of Southern California faculty, students, staff, and programs.
October 27, 2013


October 27, 2013: Los Angeles Times

Richard Drobnick, director of the USC Center for International Business Education and Research, was cited in a story about Lancaster's efforts to court Chinese investments.

October 25, 2013: Journal and Courier

Don Miller, director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, was among those speaking at a Purdue University conference on Christianity in China.

October 20, 2013: Financial Times


John Van Fleet of the USC Marshall School was quoted in an article about the popularity of Shanghai as an executive MBA destination. Fleet said, “It is commonplace here to look at the environment and see this rapidly developing, maturing economy and realise you have got to have people to manage these businesses – and that requires business education.” Fleet noted that many attend USC's Shanghai-based program to gain a sense of China. Three students in the current class fly to Shanghai from Los Angeles each month for classes.

October 4, 2013: China Daily

Baizhu Chen, USC Marshall professor of finance, was featured as one of those speaking at "China Now" a business symposium held in Los Angeles. Chen mentioned that Chinese producers weren't meeting the demand for avocados as a way of illustrating his point that "there are a lot of demands from China, you only need to find them."

October 1, 2013: All Africa

An article cited a USC U.S.-China Institute article on previous Chinese national day celebrations.

September 24, 2013: Los Angeles Times

Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was quoted in an article about the plans Wanda, a China-based firm, has to build a film studio in Qingdao. Rosen said, "There is no question Hollywood is interested — look at the people who were there [at the announcement],  but let's see who buys in from Hollywood."

September 23, 2103: Voice of America (mp3)

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute spoke about the implications of the Bo Xilai case. Dube said that the Chinese government's focus on charges of corruption resonated with popular anger about official corruption, but that most Chinese saw this as a political case. Bo stood out in his manner and rhetoric, something not welcomed by other leaders and when his police chief Wang Lijun sought asylum in the American consulate, that gave the top leaders an opportunity to move against him. Dube said that while Bo may not die in prison, he is politically dead.

September 23, 2013: KSCI Ch. 18

The USC U.S.-China Institute's Clayton Dube was interviewed about what the Bo Xilai case revealed about law and politics in China. Dube noted that while this was technically a criminal case, everyone understands it was about politics. China's central leaders used the Bo Xilai case to signal that the law could be used against anyone. Bo's charisma and status as a princeling did not protect him. At the same time the party-state is condemning corruption, including in Bo's case, it is intimidating ordinary citizens from calling for disclosure of official holdings or for accusing officials of corruption. 

September 18, 2013: Los Angeles Times

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about the Chinese firm Wanda's donation of $20 million to support the Motion Picture Academy's Museum. He said, "I think it's part of Wang's [Wang Jianlin, Wanda's owner] effort to get his name out there. It's all about branding."

September 18, 2013: Variety

The USC U.S.-China Institute was mentioned among the sponsors of the upcoming U.S.-China Film Summit.

September 17, 2013: Pasadena Star-News

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in a story about the importance of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

September 15, 2013: New York Times

An article about growing numbers of Chinese students going abroad noted that USC had more than 2,500 students from China enrolled in 2012.

September 13, 2013: KNX (CBS Radio)

Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about an agreement for the State of California to collaborate with the government of China in combatting climate change. Dube noted that California's policies and technological advances had improved air quality and that this is a pressing issue in China. Asked about the sale of technology to China, Dube noted that only items with potential military applications were subject to U.S. governmental review and that helping China address its massive pollution problems was in California's best interest because of the sales possibilities, because California's air is already affected by pollution from China, and because climate change will not observe any national boundaries in harming our childrens' futures.

September 7, 2013: Xinhua News Agency 新华社

USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was cited in an article on the internationalization of Chinese cinema.

September 7, 2013: China News Net 中国新闻网

The experiences of Qianbaihui Yang, a USC film student from China, working for Skywalker Sound were discussed. She worked several films including Despicable Me 2 and The Croods.

September 8, 2013: China News Net 中国新闻网

A meeting about safety and U.S. laws at USC included comments from Bian Lixin, deputy consul general from the Los Angeles consulate, was among the speakers along with USC public safety officials and a lawyer who cautioned that ignorance of the law did not excuse violating it. The article noted that the university has many Chinese students and a large number of new Chinese students every year.

September 4, 2013: KSCI Ch. 18

A news feature focused on the a USC Annenberg symposium on the June 8-9 Sunnylands meeting between Presidents Obama and Xi. Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation at Sunnylands and former dean of the Annenberg School, spoke, and the story included comments from USC Center on Public Diplomacy director Jay Wang as well as Clayton Dube and Archey Lee of the USC U.S.-China Institute. Dube's presentation contrasted coverage of the event in China and the United States. Video of the symposium itself is available here. 

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