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04-17-2012 Covering China - A Conversation with Rob Schmitz
Annenberg 207, Geoffrey Cowan Forum)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost:Free, RSVP required
Time:12:00PM - 2:00PM

 

China's economic rise is one of the most dramatic and complex stories of our time. Reporting on the rapid and sweeping changes underway in there and what those changes mean for the Chinese and everybody else is a great challenge. One reporter who does this consistently well is Marketplace's Rob Schmitz. He's helped us understand a wide range of stories from currency debates and stimulus spending to inflation worries and how families seek to prepare their children to compete in the global economy. In March he generated a lot of discussion by reporting that a widely heard and discussed report about conditions at FoxConn factories turning out Apple and other products had been fabricated. His report led to an unprecedented retraction of Mike Daisey's story by This American Life.     

  

Schmitz joined Marketplace in 2010. Prior to that, he was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED's The California Report. He's also reported for KPCC(89.3), and as a reporter for Minnespota Public Radio. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist.

04-03-2012 Housing Matters:Resident Protesters in Urban China 
Doheny Library, Intellectual Commons(Room 233)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost:Free, please RSVP
Time:4:00PM - 6:00PM

Housing reform has been at the core of China's market economy and its success. Large scale demolition and relocation in urban China has visibly improved the lives of millions but also left hidden human wreckage at its wake. Domicide, violence, corruption, and arbitrary compensation have led to heightened housing dispute and persistent residents protest throughout Chinese cities in the past three decades.

 

Exploring what else was demolished along with old neighborhoods and what else, other than highrises, has risen at their ruins, this project examines urban protesters and their evolving identities. At once victimized and empowered by the struggle, these resident protesters have collected and produced an impressive body of material to document their own experience in resisting demolition and pursuing justice. Their activities have helped reshape the political landscape from ground up. Based largely on oral history and with images from years of field research in China, the presentation addresses some of the key issues in the field of contemporary China studies, such as whether today`s protesters are "rights conscious" or "rule conscious."The study is part of Qin Shao's forthcoming book, Shanghai Gone:Demolition and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity.

 

About the Speaker:  

 

Qin Shao is professor of history at The College of New Jersey and a visiting scholar at USC and visiting faculty member at UCLA. She has published on ancient Chinese statecraft, China's early urbanization effort, and the post-Mao reform in international journals and is the author of Culturing Modernity:the Nantong Model, 1890-1930.  Qin Shao's research has been awarded various fellowships, including those from the Humboldt University in Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has presented her work at the Harvard Law School and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, among other institutes.   

 

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03-28-2012:Panel Discussion-Assessing North Korea 100 Days After the Death of Kim Jong-il 

Tyler Prize Pavilion

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Cost:Free, please RSVP
Time:4:00PM - 6:00PM

The USC academic community will participate in a panel discussion on the international implications . This panel will feature KSI postdoctoral fellows Sandra Fahy and Ki-young Sung, School of International Relations professors Saori Katada and Daniel Lynch, and Director of the Center for International Studies Patrick James. This panel will be moderated by David Kang.

 

Co-sponsored by the USC Korean Studies Institute  


Click here to watch USCI's new documentary 

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动  

Dear Zhenying:

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced he was appointing U.S. Commerce

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

Secretary Gary Locke to be America’s next ambassador to China. Locke was at USC on Tuesday to speak at the Asia Pacific Business Outlook conference about expanding markets for American products and creating American jobs.

Locke noted that exports accounted for half of America’s economic growth over the past two years. He noted that exports to China were rising fast and that in 2010 exports to Asia topped exports to Europe for the first time.

After a recession-induced slowdown and decline in 2008-2009, US-China merchandise trade rebounded in 2010, topping US$457 billion. In 2010 here were the top trade items:

USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

Click here to see the full size graph at the USCI site.

 

 

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Maps indicating American and Chinese international trade flows are available at the USC US-China Institute website. There you can also see video versions of the presentations made at our recent conference on The State of the Chinese Economy. Presentations discuss American interest in and understanding of China’s place in the global economy, broad assessments of the structure and health of China’s economy, as well as offer more focused looks at key issues such as currency valuations, the housing bubble, rising public debt, rising wages, human resource challenges, and how China’s coping with long term demographic challenges such as too few women and greater numbers of elderly. Higher resolution versions of the presentations are available at our YouTube channel.

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The ongoing struggle to end the threat posed by the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has caused widespread worries in China. There was a run on salt, despite government assurances that there was no reason to worry and even though one would have to consume life-threatening quantities to get enough potassium iodide to protect one’s thyroid from radiation. Li Jia ?? in Beijing Evening News and Luo Jie ?? in China Daily were two cartoonists who had something to say on the mania.

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

 "Rumors"(Li Jia, blog

 (One salt package to another:)
“They really want to buy us?”
"No, what they really need is a brain.”(Luo Jie,
blog




 

 

 

 

 

 

The crisis caused China’s leaders to order safety checks at existing nuclear power facilities and to review their nuclear power development plans. Thursday, Ren Dongmin of the National Development and Reform Commission said that China would work to increase solar power capactity and would reduce its nuclear power target. China currently has 27 nuclear power plants under construction and 50 additional plants in the planning stage. US-China Today has an interactive map showing completed plants, those under construction, and key uranium resources.

Thank you for reading Talking Points and for sharing it with colleagues and friends. We are always happy to receive your comments and suggestions. Please send them to us at uschina@usc.edu.

 

USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China,

“I was a law student in 1972. I was a poor law student. I did not own a television set. But I was not about to miss history being made, so I rented one – a portable model with those rabbit ears. I lugged it back to my apartment and tuned in every night to watch scenes of a country that had been blocked from view for my entire life. Like many Americans, I was riveted and proud of what we were accomplishing through our president.

President Nixon called it “the week that changed the world.” Well, if anything, that turned out to be an understatement.”

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

 TV Guide "Complete details of TV`s unprecedented coverage," Feb. 19-26, 1972.

Clinton is right. Nixon’s trip ushered in a new era in U.S.-China relations. And Nixon understood that Yale law students weren’t the only ones who would be anxious to see him in China. Our documentary Assignment:China – The Week that Changed the World explores that media coverage through interviews with the journalists who went with the president and the American and Chinese officials who sought to facilitate and to shape the coverage. The film has already been screened on American and Chinese university campuses, for press associations, and for organizations. It’s been highlighted on Central Chinese Television and written about in American and Chinese newspapers. You can see it at our website and YouTube channel.

You can also explore the trip through documents and recordings available at our website. “Getting to Know You:the U.S. and China Shake the World, 1971-1972” includes conversations the president had with his aides, but also people such as California Governor Ronald Reagan about the trip. We read how Nixon worked to convince the Chinese he was their preferred partner and how he explained to Zhou Enlai that for domestic political reasons he could make no explicit promises about issues such as American troops in Taiwan, but that he planned to remove them. This collection follows our earlier gathering of materials about Henry Kissinger’s secret 1971 trip to China.

In addition to providing an inside look at the American and Chinese geopolitical thinking, the documents

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

 USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

also offer popular culture links. For example, on February 22, 1972 Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing hosted the Nixons at a performance of one of the revolutionary model ballets, The Red Detachment of Women. American television viewers saw it live in the morning. That evening, an estimated 15 million of them tuned in to watch the ABC Movie of the Week. Kung Fu starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a half-Chinese half-American monk trained in martial arts at Shaolin Temple. The Baltimore Sun reviewer wasn’t overwhelmed. She wrote, “[I]t wasn’t bad. Not a little pretentious. Not a little didactic, but not bad all the same.” But, “After 90 minutes, I still haven’t the slightest idea what Kung Fu means.” The network anticipated this problem. Most newspaper television listings explained, “Kung fu is a deadly Oriental science of personal combat.” The Boston Globe reviewer was impressed:“A story filled with Oriental ritual would not seem to be one to capture the imagination. Yet this ‘Movie of the Week’ had a most engrossing quality….”

American television viewers embraced the images. The response to the film was such that Kung Fu became a weekly series that fall, with the monk travelling around the 19th century American West, enduring prejudice and dispensing justice with his hands and feet. Encouraged by Mao Zedong, Red Guards across China had attacked and mostly closed temples such as Shaolin, but some American kids carried their lunch to school in Kung Fu lunchboxes. 

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USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

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 Vice Pres. Xi Jinping speaking at a Los Angeles economic forum to hundreds of officials, businesspeople, and community members(MOFA photo); Across the street supporters, including students from USC cheered; protestors included Tibet activists who used balloons to raise their message high and Falungong activists who held up signs and engaged in exercises(C. Dube photos); Feb. 18, 2012.


Three weeks ago, Xi Jinping, China’s leader-in-waiting, visited the United States.
Hosted by Vice President Joe Biden(click here for a note on Biden’s August 2011 trip to China), Xi met with President Barack Obama, Sec. Clinton, American legislators, and others. Though issues such as North Korean and Iranian nuclear weapons programs, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and human rights conditions came up, the focus of the visit was on economics and trade. In Washington, U.S. leaders pushed for China to allow American firms greater access to its markets and to better protect intellectual property. Iowa and California leaders enthusiastically welcomed Xi and the investment delegations accompanying him. In each stop, Xi and company received and brought gifts. Here in Los Angeles, for instance, he got a Lakers jersey with his name and number on it. In Washington, China pledged to open its car insurance market to American firms. In Iowa, big purchases of soy beans were promised. And in Los Angeles, Dreamworks entered into a joint venture to produce animated films in China and, at the very last minute, China announced that it would permit up to 14 3-D and IMAX films to be screened in China, in addition to the 20 foreign films it currently allows in each year. There were other deals made as well. California Governor Jerry Brown is said to have hoped for a Chinese commitment to invest in the state`s high speed rail project, but in his speech at the economic forum with Xi, he only announced that California would reopen its Beijing trade office, which had been closed since 2003.

Brown also came close to apologizing for the opposition that arose in 2005 to the $23 billion bid CNOOC(China’s third-largest state oil company)for Southern California-based Unocal. Brown described that opposition, which helped to derail the purchase, as “a mistake,” and declared that California welcomed Chinese to invest in the state.(Disclosure:CNOOC was then headed by Fu Chengyu, a USC alum. Fu now heads SinoPec, a still larger Chinese state oil company, and serves on the USC Board of Trustees.)

It’s unlikely that any of those travelling with Nixon in 1972 ever imagined that a Chinese state company would be in a position to buy a large American oil company. Nixon and his group spent almost no time discussing trade with Chinese leaders, but a year before the president had already taken several measures open the door to trade. As the U.S. ping pong team was heading to China in April 1971, Nixon relaxed travel, currency, and trade restrictions on China. In June 1971, Nixon lifted the embargo on most products.

Press reports noted the eagerness of American firms to explore deals. North Carolina Governor Bob Scott announced he was sending a representative to the Chinese embassy in Canada to get visas so the state could go to China to push for a renewal of tobacco exports. Xerox reported that its British subsidiary had already visited Beijing to solicit copier business. China was far from the trading powerhouse it would become, but already 80% of its $3.9 billion international trade was with Western countries. Canada and Australia were exporting wheat to China and U.S. farm state senators such as George McGovern(D-South Dakota)and Robert Dole(R-Kansas)were both happy about the lifting of the 21 year-old trade ban.

George Meany, then head of the AFL-CIO, America’s labor organization, spoke out in opposition to one

USC US-China Institute 南加州大学 美中学院 - 学术系列活动

Economic Policy Institute map showing the impact of jobs lost. Business groups have maps showing jobs created by exports to China.

part of Nixon’s action, a requirement that half of all grain shipped to communist countries be carried on American ships. He argued U.S. laborers were “at least equal in importance to the assurance of wider profit margins for a few large corporate grain dealers who will be the main beneficiaries of President Nixon’s actions today.” American labor unions continue to complain that U.S. trade policies fail to defend their interests. The AFL-CIO(along with the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a business group)backs a bipartisan bill to “hold China accountable for manipulation of its currency. The union-affiliated Economic Policy Institute argues, “[t]he U.S.-China trade deficit has eliminated or displaced nearly 2.8 million U.S. jobs since 2001.”

This critical labor stance is what made last week’s announcement of an award to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao a bit of a surprise. The China Daily reported that the International Longshoremen’s Association, an AFL-CIO member, had given Wen a “Best Friend of the American Worker” award in Boston. China’s ambassador to the U.S., Zhang Yesui received the award for Wen as the port of Boston celebrated its 10th anniversary of working with COSCO(China Ocean Shipping). The ILA doesn’t mention the award on its website, but COSCO’s features pictures from the event. The ILA, of course, and ports champion trade. Wei Jiafu, the leader of state-owned COSCO, has previously received numerous awards(e.g., this one in Long Beach)and is on a speaking tour of U.S. port cities.

In Los Angeles, Xi Jinping visited the Port of Los Angeles. More than 40% of China’s trade with the U.S. passes through that port and Long Beach’s next door. America’s exports to China have risen by more than 50% over the past two years and now total $104 billion. Many American firms in China have been doing well in China. Business groups, though, complain market access is still restricted. Some argue that Chinese policies requiring foreign companies to form joint ventures forces them to transfer technology that they’ve invested heavily to create(US Chamber of Commerce report, US-China Business Council on the other hand, reports that relatively few member companies have been asked to turn over technology). The U.S. government alleges that Chinese hackers are targeting U.S. corporations` research and development efforts. Discussing China’s auto industry at USC recently, analyst G.E. Anderson noted that government policies have given Chinese state-owned auto giants no incentive to innovate and that most Chinese innovation in the auto industry is taking place among private companies such as BYD(which has ten electric test cars being tested by the Los Angeles Housing Authority)or Geeley(which bought Volvo from Ford). Click here to see Anderson’s talk.

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Though there was little discussion of trade when Nixon met Mao and Zhou, there was much discussion of Taiwan. It was the key issue blocking the establishment of diplomatic relations. The documents mentioned above detail this at length. Cross-strait relations are much different than they were then. In a presentation at USC last Friday, Taiwan`s chief representative to the U.S., Jason Yuan discussed the major improvements that have been made and the challenges that remain. Video of Yuan`s remarks and of our symposium on Taiwan`s January election, along with our documentary "The Thaw" are all available at our website and YouTube channel. US-China Today also has an interview with Ambassador Yuan.

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ISLC drummers and dancers, in front of "Ming," the school`s dragon mascot. Photo by Sayuri Sarango.

While in Southern California, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden dropped in at a remarkable school, Los Angeles Unified’s International Studies Learning Center. Located in South Gate, ISLC’s student body is almost entirely Latino. The school’s 800 students study a variety of languages, including Chinese. Led by Principal Guillermina Jauregui, the staff has worked hard to afford their students a rigorous curriculum to prepare them to be global citizens. Jauregui and nine ISLC teachers have gone through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia program run by USCI, strengthening their ability to bring Asia alive for their students. This spring the school welcomed twelve students and two teachers from China to live with local families and to study with the Dragons(the school nickname). The vice presidents observed drumming, dancing, and spent time chatting with students. Xi encouraged the ISLC students to continue with their Chinese language study and to visit China. He argued that more students need to do this so that the U.S. and China can avoid misunderstandings.

We invite teachers interested in learn more about East Asia to visit our website and sign up for one of our upcoming seminars.

 

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