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Video: China’s Efforts To Build Its Soft Power

Political scientist Stan Rosen evaluates whether or not China’s soft power has grown in recent years.

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China has invested heavily in strengthening its cultural industries, its media industries, and in promoting study of the Chinese language and Chinese culture. Political scientist Stan Rosen has long studied China’s efforts, particularly in film. In this talk he’ll examine what soft power is and how it works and discuss Chinese efforts to acquire more of it. Rosen will conclude with an evaluation of whether or not China’s soft power has grown in recent years.

This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

About the Speaker

Stanley Rosen, a member of the USC U.S.-China Institute’s executive committee, is a professor of political science. He is editor, along with Kingsley Edney and Ying Zhu of the forthcoming book Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds (Routledge, 2019). Among his earlier edited books are Chinese Politics: State, Society and Market (with Peter Gries), Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema (with Ying Zhu), and On Socialist Democracy and the Chinese Legal System (with Jonathan Unger and Anita Chan). He’s the author of Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou and many articles and book chapters. He is the co-editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society.

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Events

January 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

One of the most influential modern Chinese writers and the author of Lust, Caution, Eileen Chang passed away in Los Angeles in 1995. After her death, Dominic Cheung, Professor Emeritus at USC, took care of her sea burial in San Pedro and set up the Eileen Chang Special Collection in the East Asian Library at USC in 1997. Cheung will discuss these experiences as a part of the lecture series titled Los Angeles and Shanghai: The USC Nexus.

January 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk with journalist and author Leta Hong Fincher. Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the feminist movement in China against patriarchy could reconfigure the country and the rest of the world.