|The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk with journalist and author Matt Sheehan. His new book chronicles the deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges between China and California.|
The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 4-5:30 PM
Location: Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, ASC 204
Cost: Free, please rsvp.
Tensions between the world''''s superpowers are mounting in Washington, D.C., and Beijing. But between these hubs of high-level politics, an entirely new reality is emerging. Yet the People''''s Republic of China and the state of California have built deep and interdependent socioeconomic exchanges that reverberate across the globe, and these interactions make California a microcosm of the most important international relationship of the twenty-first century.
In The Transpacific Experiment, journalist Matt Sheehan chronicles the real people who are making these connections. Sheehan tells the story of a Southern Californian mayor who believes a Chinese electric bus factory will save his town from meth labs and skinheads. He follows a celebrated Chinese AI researcher who leaves Google to challenge his former employer from behind the Great Firewall. Sheehan joins a tour bus of wealthy Chinese families shopping for homes in the Bay Area, revealing disgruntled neighbors and raising important questions about California''''s own prejudices and perceptions of immigration and the American Dream.
Sheehan''''s on-the-ground reporting reveals movie sets in the