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How Chinese and Americans See Each Other-Through Tinted Lenses? Conference: Clayton Dube - Opening Remarks

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Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other

Clayton Dube opened the USC U.S.-China Institute's "Through Tinted Lenses?" conference, arguing that the images and attitudes Americans and Chinese hold toward each other and each other's countries matter. Those images, he said, affect the decision-making of individuals, of businesses, and of governments. Dube noted how in the 2012 U.S. election politicians and political ad-makers sought to exploit ideas voters had about China and went on to discuss images that Chinese television viewers in the 1980s got of the U.S. from shows such as Hunter and how the more recent television program Prison Break offered a rather different portrayal of the U.S. Dube noted that today, Americans and Chinese have access to information about each other from far more sources than ever before, yet don't seem to like or trust the other as much as we once did. He invited the other participants and the audience to join in the exploration of dominant images, how they are formed and change, and how they affect policies and behavior.

About the Speaker

Clayton Dube has headed the USC U.S.-China Institute since it was established in 2006. Dube first lived and worked in China from 1982 to 1985 and has since visited often to carry out research, teach, or lead study tours. He teaches history and has received teaching awards at three universities.


FBI 30 Minute Video Shows the Dangers of Americans Working for the Chinese Government.


The "Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story" video dramatizes the incremental steps taken by intelligence officers to recruit Shriver and convince him to apply for jobs with the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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The film, posted this week on the FBI’s site, is a fictionalized take on the real-life case of Glenn Shriver, an unemployed American who moved to Shanghai in 2004 after finishing college. While there, he took some $70,000 over five years from people affiliated with the Chinese government before attempting to join U.S. intelligence agencies. Mr. Shriver was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide national defense information to unauthorized individuals the following year. He was sentenced to four years in prison. At the time, he was 28 years old.


Full Movie: "我愿意 I Do" (2012) Starring Li Bing Bing 李冰冰. and Song Hong Lei 孙红雷

-Great for Mandarin Study!
Wei wei is an educated high paid 32 year old career woman who has only ever had one lover. She has pragmatically decided it is time to find a husband and have a family so she embarks on a series of blind dates. Through trial and error she meets Huawei who slowly becomes a part of her life and a close confidant. Just as Wei wei puts Huawei on a trial period as a potential husband, her ex lover who is now a wealthy businessman returns to her life.

Directed bu Zhou Sun and premiered in China on the 10 February 2012.

-Now the whole movie!  Remember the site refreshes every 30 minutes. 

From Asian Film Business:


Director SUN Zhou 孫周 and a terrific lead trio keep the China rom-com bar high withI Do 我願意 (2012), which manages to come up with a fresh twist on male-female relationships in aspirational, urban-yuppie New China.

The film is adapted from a 2009 novel Yes, I Do 我願意 by Beijing-based writer/scriptwriter CHEN Tong 陳彤, whose practical advice on marriage and relationships has earned her the nickname "a female Zhuge Liang" (諸葛亮, after the master strategist of the Three Kingdoms period). That extra depth to Chen's writing carries over into the screenplay, which takes the cliche of a thirtysomething careerist deciding to look for a husband and manages to treat it in a way that's not reliant on rom-com plot twists. Hot topics like "How much is love worth?" or "Do women want just a bank account on legs or a man who's reliable?" that fuel Mainland game shows and dating programmes get a good workout in the dialogue without becoming preachy or disturbing the entertainment. And though the final act, after a hardly surprising twist, comes down in favour of "Yes, a little money wouldn't hurt either", the film still packs considerable emotional clout.


The Chinese Robot Developer Uses a Foreigner to Showcase Robot Ping Pong Arm Beating the Pants Off the Human

-Using a Chinese would lose face. 

The Duel: Timo Boll vs. KUKA Robot

Man against machine.
The unbelievably fast KUKA robot faces off against one of the best table tennis players of all time. Who has the best technique? Who will win the first ever table tennis duel of human versus robot?
Watch this thrilling commercial of table tennis and robotics performed at the highest level. The KUKA KR AGILUS demonstrates its skills with the table tennis racket - a realistic vision of what robots can be capable of in the future.
Timo Boll, the German table tennis star, is the new brand ambassador for KUKA Robotics in China. The collaboration celebrates the inherent speed, precision, and flexibility of KUKA's industrial robots in tandem with Boll's electrifying and tactical prowess in competition. To celebrate the new KUKA Robotics factory in Shanghai, the thrilling video was a highlight of the Grand Opening on March 11th, 2014. The 20,000 sq. meter space will produce the KR QUANTEC series robot as well as the KRC4 universal controller for the Asian market. As a market leader in China, KUKA aims to further develop automation in the country while providing a modern and employee-friendly working environment.
music production: Lost in Music; composer: Matthias Neuhauser; soundmix: Robert MIller c.o. m-sound

Take a look behind the scenes of the thrilling commercial with Timo Boll and the KUKA KR AGILUS robot.


Assignment: China - China Watching (Chinese Subtitles)


China Watching 这个词被外界人士用来形容记者,外交官和其他不在中国但想探究中国当时正在发生什么, 对于美国和世界意味着什么的人们的努力. 1949年10月1日,毛泽东和中国共产党上台后,绝大部分的美国记者和其他美国新闻­机构工作人员纷纷离开了中国. 美国当时并没有意识到中国新政府与其关闭的外交渠道.1950年秋天, 两国的士兵在朝鲜战场上面对面. 通常,中国不欢迎来自和自己没有建立外交关系国家的记者.另外,美国国务院规定,仅凭­美国护照不能进入中国.这些限制在60年代放宽了些, 但是之后的二十年,极少数美国新闻机构的记者能在中国进行报道. 那些进入中国, 凭借非美国国籍, 或受到特殊邀请的人们被密切监控. 大多数报道中国的美国人是从香港的"监听站"得到消息.


Beijing Artist Bottles French Air and Sells it to Pollution Sick Chinese: $860 per bottle!

-New Gift idea for Expats Heading to China: Bottle air where you live and give it to your Chinese friends!

Artist Liang Kegang satirized China's horrendous pollution problem by selling "French Mountain Air" in a jar.
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Jar of fresh mountain air from France sells for £500 in China
Fresh Air Sells for $860 a Jar in China |
Beijing artist Liang Kegang auctioned off a jar of fresh French air as a form of protest against Chinese air pollution
"Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar," Liang said in an interview. "This is my way to question China's foul air and express my dissatisfaction."
Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest — and entrepreneurial gimmickry — reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China
In February, 20 artists wearing dust masks lay on the ground and played dead in front of an altar at the Temple of Heaven park in a performance art protest in Beijing. 


Assignment: China - The Chinese Civil War (Chinese Subtitles)


The Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had originally cooperated in seeking to wrest control of China from landlords and foreign forces. In April 1927, they split and began a decades-long civil war, interrupted only in part by Japan's invasion. With Japan's surrender and the failure of the American mediation effort, the two sides resumed their struggle in late 1945. This segment of Assignment: China examines efforts by journalists to report on this final four years of the war and its impact on Chinese society. It features archival photos and interviews as well as interviews with some of those who brought news of this battle for the world's largest country to Americans via newspapers and magazines, news reels, and radio.


How Chinese and Americans See Each Other-Through Tinted Lenses? Conference: Ernest Wilson - Welcome

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Through Tinted Lenses? How Chinese and Americans See Each Other

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 will gather 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'll examine how these exchanges affect perceptions along with the even more powerful role played by new and old media, popular entertainment, and political discourse.

About the Speaker

Ernest Wilson holds the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and heads the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has been an pioneering scholar, academic leader, public servant, and White House staffer. He taught at Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, led the Maryland Center for International Development and Conflict Management, served in the Clinton era National Security Council and U.S. Information Agency and advised both the Clinton and Obama transition teams. He served on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was its chair for a year. His books include Governing Global Networks and The Information Revolution and Developing Countries.


Take 64,000 Chopsticks, an Amazing Artist and the Famous Jackie Chan: the Result is the Stuff of Legend!

-This girl is truly amazing.

Jackie Chan portrait made of 64,000 CHOPSTICKS! :) Such an honour working with him on this in Beijing!!!

Jackie turns 60 this year and being an artist who paints without a paintbrush, I spent a looong time thinking about what material to use for his portrait! He is an actor, a kungfu master, an environmentalist and a world-reknowned face! I finally decided on chopsticks - a symbol of the Chinese culture, Jackie has used chopsticks during his kungfu scenes in a few movies like the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid. I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that reused materials can be made into something else, that can be meaningful and beautiful. I spent a month collecting these chopsticks from cafes, stalls and factories in Zhejiang and Beijing, then tying each of them up. So honoured to present it at his concert on 6/4/14. Happy 60th birthday, Jackie!
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Ever See A Chinese Expat Stand Up Comedian? Jesse Appell Chinese Standup: I want to be a mistress 艾杰西脱口秀:我要当小三

-This guy rocks! 

3月22号在北京老书虫书店"Da Shan and Friends"演出!

March 22nd performance at The Bookworm in Beijing at "Da Shan and Friends" show!

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