Assistant Secretary of State Russel delivered the 2016 Herbert G. Klein Lecture to open the USC U.S.-China Institute conference on “China’s Growing Pains.”
Education or Brainwashing? Patriotism Classes and Hong Kong's Political Future
When Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, Beijing agreed that the former colony could maintain its autonomy and capitalist lifestyle. But with the passage of time, China and its supporters in Hong Kong have pushed to inculcate a greater sense of Chinese identity among the territory's 7.1 million people. A cornerstone of that effort has been a plan to introduce required "national education" courses in Hong Kong's schools. Many people saw the courses as little more than propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party. In September, opposition to the move produced a remarkable grassroots protest movement, rocking the government of newly-selected Chief Executive C. Y. Leung, and further polarizing Hong Kong's already tense political climate. Mike Chinoy was in Hong Kong at the time and produced this report.
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The USC U.S.-China Institute hosted a conversation with author Michael Schuman to examine the unprecedented resurgence of Confucianism as a significant trend in Chinese politics and culture.
From February 26, 2016 - June 26, 2016, the USC Pacific Asia Museum presents "Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China." The exhibit features archaeological finds from three royal tombs, as well as imperially commissioned statues housed at Daoist temples on Mount Wudang, the birthplace of Tai Chi.