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Zhang Hui - How Young People in China's Less Well-Known Citites See America
Zhang Hui spoke at the conference Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other, hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute, on the topic of Public Opinion Surveys
About the Speaker
Zhang Hui (张慧)is the general manager of Horizon Key Information and Data 零点 指标数据 . She earned her doctorate from the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Science. She's carried out research into group culture, patterns of consumption, social change, public services, and public policy. Much of her research has focused on the so-called 1980s and 1990s gneration, on urban elderly, and on working women. She's overseen a number of baseline studies and index projects, including the well-being index, motor vehicle index, and white-collar pressure index. She's been a lead contributor to a number of studies including Everyday China 《日子里的中国》 and We are the '90s Generation 《我们，90后》.
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What do Americans and Chinese "know" about each other and how do they know it? What images do they have of each other's society and state? Where do these images come from? Why do some endure and others change? How do images vary with age and other factors? How do these perceptions affect the decisions and actions of governments, businesses, civic groups, and individuals?
On November 1-2, 2013, leading academics gathered with pollsters, journalists, diplomats, and entertainment industry practitioners to explore these questions and questions and others at a conference hosted by the USC U.S.-China Institute.
Polls suggest that a slight majority of Americans believe that the values of Chinese and Americans are so different that cooperation to address international problems is impossible. Most Chinese feel the U.S. is working to constrain China's continued rise. Americans and Chinese have increasingly negative impressions of each other's countries. Yet, we are visiting each other's countries more than ever before, becoming ever more intertwined, and are working cooperatively in many different ways to address pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. At the conference we examined how these exchanges affect perceptions along with the even more powerful role played by new and old media, popular entertainment, and political discourse.
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