Upcoming USCI Events
Date：Thursday, January 17, 2019Time：4-5:30pmLocation：USC Doheny Library, Room 241Cost：Free, please rsvp.
One of the most influential modern Chinese writers and the author of Lust, Caution, Eileen Chang passed away in Los Angeles in 1995. Her works, considered to be among the best Chinese literature of the 1940s, examined the themes of marriage, family, love, and relationships in the social context of 1930s and 1940s Shanghai. 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.
Date：Friday, January 18, 2019Time：10-11amLocation：USC Social Sciences Building, SOS B-40Cost：Free, please rsvp
Talk of populism is everywhere these days, but the recent boom in comparative populist research has focused almost exclusively on developments in electoral democracies. This talk will explore the possibilities of bottom-up forms of populism under conditions of authoritarianism. Drawing from a nationwide survey conducted in August 2018, Eaton will make the case that a popular populism is alive and well in one-party China.
Sarah Eaton is Professor of Chinese Society and Economy at the University of Göttingen and concurrently Director of Göttingen's Centre for Modern East Asian Studies. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and held previously faculty positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Waterloo.
Co-sponsored with the USC Center for International Studies.
Date：Thursday, January 24, 2019
Location：USC, Room TBA
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.
Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the difficulties they face and their "joy of betraying Big Brother," as one of the Feminist Five wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness now finding expression through the #MeToo movement, and describing how the Chinese government has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.
Date：Thursday, February 28, 2019
Location：USC, Room TBA
2019 marks the end of the Heisei era and 30 years after the previous Showa era（1926-1989）in Japan. What are Japan's challenges and solutions in uncharted eras, several decades before and after the end of World War II, including the nation's vital relationship with China?
Consul General Akira Chiba assumed the post of Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles in July 2016. Born in Tehran, Iran, he is a third-generation career diplomat, after his father and grandfather before him. During his several decades career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs（MOFA）, he has spent eight years in China, and the remainder of his overseas postings in Switzerland, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The post of Consul General in Los Angeles is his third U.S. tour. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tokyo University, attended Peking University in China, and graduated with an M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.