A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
USC and China in the News, September and October 2014
October 30, 2014: Qiaobao (The China Press)
A talk by USC Annenberg professors Tom Hollihan and Patricia Riley and USC Annenberg visiting scholar Zhan Zhang was the focus of an article. The scholars discussed American, Chinese, and Japanese media representations of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands dispute and suggested ways to begin to resolve the conflict. A second article focused on Zhang's discussion of Chinese media.
October 29, 2014: BBC Capital Blog
USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy was quoted in an article about sensitive subjects for visitors to China. He said, “remarks about the three “t’s” — that’s Tibet, Taiwan and Tiananmen — will be construed as foreign interference.” He also noted that if a prospective partner in Asia says no or yes, it may be hard to know exactly what the person is refusing or agreeing to.
October 27, 2014: Metropolis Magazine
Qingyun Ma, dean of the USC School of Architecture, was quoted in an article regarding the criticism Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, has leveled against “weird” architecture. Ma said, “It’s easy to put labels on things that are unfamiliar and architecture, being so obvious, just happens to be the scapegoat of the moment… Everyone is in a moment of panic about things that are unfamiliar or novel, but as architects, qiqiguaiguai is in our blood cells, and I think we should push it to the front lines. This is the basis for a progressive China.”
October 25, 2014: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was interviewed about Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s possible interest in film. Rosen said, "Hollywood loves it — the one thing Hollywood wants is money."
October 20, 2014: KPCC
USC alum and filmmaker Tom Xia was interviewed as part of a discussion on how Chinese money is transforming Arcadia, a Los Angeles suburb. Xia first examined this issue in his film "The Elephant in the Pink Tutu" which was part of the 2006 USC/Communication University of China global city collaboration. You can see it at the USCI website and at our YouTube channel. More recently, Xia and another USC alum Alicia Dwyer produced "Xmas without China" which aired on PBS and also addressed Arcadia's change.
October 14, 2014: Sohu Entertainment 搜狐娱乐
October 12, 2014: Los Angeles Times
USC political scientist Stanley Rosen was quoted in a story about resistance among Chinese students to compulsory military training. Rosen said, "It's kind of perfunctory. It's something students have to do because they don't want to get bad marks in their field."
October 10, 2014: io9.com
A study by USC Price School of Public Policy professor Annette Kim on people living underground in Beijing was highlighted. While illegal, the high price of housing in China’s capital makes them desirable. Kim wrote, “The median size is 9.75 square meters, slightly smaller than Beijing's 10-square-meter minimum and the overall average housing area per capita (28.8 square meters per person). Even so, the apartments are generally larger than the average worker dormitory housing, which is just 6.2 square meters. The mean monthly rent of 436 RMB (US$70) confirms that the apartments are at the higher end of migrant housing.”
October 9, 2014: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in a story about the Chinese government's blaming foreigners for the unrest in Hong Kong. Dube noted that by the 1949 founding of the People's Republic, China had endured more than a century of foreign invasion and occupation. That period of "humiliation" began with the Opium War in 1839, which ended with Hong Kong being turned over to the British. As a consequence of this narrative, reinforced in schools, Beijing's claims that problems on the periphery stemming from foreign machinations resonates with mainland audiences.
October 2, 2014: Los Angeles Times
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the continuing demonstrations in Hong Kong. Dube noted that the government “is bringing in sticks and offering a carrot. By doing this, it is taking the initiative away from the students and putting them in a defensive position.”
October 2, 2014: Los Angeles Times
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was quoted in a story on the ongoing stand-off between demonstrators and the Hong Kong government. Discussing the 2012 Hong Kong government's effort to implement Beijing-driven "patriotic education," Dube said, “The pushback on that was massive, and [the government] withdrew. So the people of Hong Kong learned that if they stood up and stood up in numbers, Beijing would likely as not back down. That’s particularly the lesson young people learned over the last couple years.”
September 30, 2014: Singtao 星岛日报
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the issues propelling the demonstrations in Hong Kong and the challenges the two sides face in resolving the conflict.
September 29, 2014: KPCC
Clayton Dube of the USC U.S.-China Institute was interviewed about the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong. He discussed the aims of the protestors and how Beijing might respond to them.
September 29, 2014: Canadian Television
Stanley Rosen, USC political scientist, was interviewed about the demonstrations in Hong Kong. Rosen noted that no place was too small for the central government wanted to control. He predicted that Hong Kong chief executive C.Y. Leung would step down, but not immediately.
September 29, 2014: CNN
An article cited a tweet by USC U.S.-China Institute senior fellow Mike Chinoy about Beijing’s likely reaction to the Hong Kong protests. Chinoy wrote, "I see no way the Chinese government can tolerate what is happening in HK. Greatly fear this will end badly,"
September 29, 2014: KNX
The USC U.S.-China Institute’s Clayton Dube was interviewed about the options available to protestors and the Chinese government in their Hong Kong standoff. Dube said that a violent crackdown on protests was unlikely.
September 29, 2014: Landscape China 景观中国
Tan Xuan谭璇, a graduate of the USC School of Architecture, spoke at Beijing University on her eagerness to work on retirement complexes, given China’s rapidly aging population.
September 27, 2014: Guhantai 古汉台
A book talk by USC Annenberg communication studies specialist Tom Hollihan was reported on. The talk was at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Hollihan spoke on his co-edited book The Diaoyu Controversy: Media Diplomacy, Public Opinion, and the Risk of War. Hollihan also shared his research at USCI’s Tinted Lenses conference.
September 22, 2014: Los Angeles Times
A USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism study headed by Stacy L. Smith found that Chinese films were more gender-balanced than American ones. From 2010 to 2013, women directed 17% of Chinese films compared to none from the U.S. Women made up 35% of the characters in Chinese films, compared to 29% in American films. The study looked at the top ten top grossing films from eleven countries.
September 15, 2014: Bakersfield Californian
Simone Young, a USC alum and a former journalist for China’s Central Television, wrote about her work reporting on the treatment of Falungong practitioners in China. She called on Congressman Kevin McCarthy to vote to condemn the harvesting in China of the organs of prisoners of conscience.
September 12, 2014: China Philanthropist via Xinhua News Agency 中国慈善家/新化社
Ronnie Chan 陈启宗, USC alumni and trustee, was profiled in a lengthy article which detailed his business experience, his work involving think tanks, civic groups, and public forums, and his longstanding support for universities including Harvard, USC, and Johns Hopkins. The article noted that it was a family tradition to donate to serve the public good. The article described Chan’s leadership of Han Lung Group and the Morningside Group and his service as co-chair of the Asia Society.
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