Work / Jobs / Lives
Heading into the second decade of the 21st century, an era marked indelibly by globalization, the world is witnessing a shift from the West’s dominance led by the United States, to the rise of Asia led by China. In 2010, China became the world’s second largest economy.
The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China International Research Working Group
As Chinese engagement in Africa continues apace, slowed ever so slightly by the recent economic downturn, media coverage and scholarly studies continue to focus primarily on the economic and political aspects of Chinese activities in Africa. Little still has been written about the people-to-people encounters that occur in tandem with the high-level diplomatic negotiations and both large and small private entrepreneurial transactions on the African continent.
Media & Culture in Contemporary China
The boundaries between Hollywood and Asia are fast disappearing, with Asian corporations playing a key role in U.S. film production, and with American theme parks and retail stores in Japan, Hong Kong and China attracting visitors from all over Asia. The location of Los Angeles and its media industries on the Pacific Rim makes it a vital space to deepen and enrich these trans-Pacific ties.
This conference (October 21-22, 2011) will explore the globalization of the China entertainment industry and the impact of film and TV on public perception of history and culture in China. It aims to bring together industry leaders, artists, scholars, students, and the public.
73 Million Plus Visitors
China’s rise as a world power has often been attributed to the mobilization of its massive inexpensive labor force to dominate manufacturing sectors, usually at the expense of social and environmental concerns. However, the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 (the “Expo”) represents a turning point in China’s history from manufacturing giant to socially conscious global leader. While there were over 73 million visitors to the Expo, the participants were not simply those who comprise the upper echelons of Chinese and international society. The Chinese government provided 2.6 million free tickets to households in Shanghai encouraging attendance by all members.