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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 (Pre-Conference Events)

UCLA History Department Conference Room, 6275 Bunche Hall

12:00-1:30 pm: “The Google China Standoff” Documentary Screening and Discussion with Producer Ying Zhu, College of Staten Island, CUNY

1:30-5:30 pm: “East Asian Visual Media at Home and Abroad”  UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center Annual Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop


UCLA James West Alumni Center

8:30: Continental Breakfast

9:00: Opening Remarks

9:15: Session 1: “The State of the Film & Television Industry in Contemporary China: the view from the Academy”

  • Chair: Stanley Rosen, Political Science, USC
  • Panelists:
    > Michael Berry
    , East Asian Languages & Cultures, UCSB, “China's Hollywoods: Global Chinese Cinema in the Postsocialist Era
    > Aynne Kokas, Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA, “Imaginary Landscapes, Imagined Communities
    > Sun Shaoyi, Shanghai University/NYU in Shanghai, “It's Safe to Laugh Now: The Comic Turn of Contemporary Chinese Cinema
    > Michael Curtin, Film & Media Studies, UCSB, “Big Media, Soft Power: The Possibilities and Perils of State Leadership
  • Discussant: Robert Rosen, School of Theater, Film & Television, UCLA

11:15: Coffee Break

11:30: Session 2: “The State of the Film & Television Industry in Contemporary China: the view from the Industry”

  • Moderator: Martin Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • Panelists:
    > Mike Medavoy
    , Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Pictures and Co-Founder of Orion Pictures
    > William M. Mechanic, President and CEO, Pandemonium Films and Former Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment
    > Janet Yang, President, Manifest Films and Former President of Production of Oliver Stone’s Ixtlan Productions
    > Stephen Saltzman, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
    > Peter Shiao, Founder and CEO, Orb Media Group, Founder of Celestial Pictures 

1:00: Lunch

2:15: Session 3: “Recreating Chinese History and Classic Literature in Film & Television”

  • Chair: Andrea S. Goldman, History, UCLA
  • Panelists:
    > John Christopher Hamm
    , Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Washington, “From the Boxers to Kung Fu Panda: The Chinese Martial Arts in Global Entertainment
    > Ying Zhu, Media Studies, College of Staten Island, CUNY, “From Anticorruption to Officialdom: The Transformation of Chinese Dynasty TV Drama
    > Rong Cai, Asian Languages & Cultures, Emory, “Memory of Politics and Politics of Memory: Restaging Revolution on Contemporary Chinese Television”
    > Matthias Niedenführ, Director, European Centre for Chinese Studies, “Revising and Televising the Past: Portrayal of Historical Leader Figures in Chinese TV Dramas
  • Discussant: Robert Chi, Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA

4:15: Coffee Break

4:30: Keynote Speech: Zhang Jizhong, "The Rise of the Producer-Centered System in China"

6:00: Buffet Dinner (Invitation Only)

7:30: Screening of Episodes from Zhang Jizhong’s Journey to the West Television Serial


USC Annenberg Auditorium

9:30: Continental Breakfast

10:00: Slide-Show Introduction to Theme Parks in China

  • Jiayun Zhuang, Dramatic Art, UNC, China’s Theme Parks Today, the Themed Space(s), Marketing Models and the Imagineering/Copying Power”

10:15: Session 4: “Globalization of Theme Parks: the view from the Industry”

  • Moderator: R. Bin Wong, History and Director, Asia Institute, UCLA
  • Panelists:
    > Zhang Jizhong
    , TV & Film Producer, Monkey King Theme Park Creator
    > Bob Weis, Executive Vice President, Walt Disney Imagineering
    > Brent Young
    , Principal and Creative Director, Super 78 Studios
    > Shi Zhang
    , Associate Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    > Thomas E. McLain, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP and Chairman of the Asia Society Southern California

12:00: Lunch

12:00-1:30: Workshop for K-12 Educators (Separate Registration Required through the USC US-China Institute)

1:30: Session 5: “Theme Parks in China: the view from the Academy”

  • Chair: David C. Kang, International Relations and Director, Korean Studies Institute and East Asian Studies Center, USC
  • Panelists:
    > Hai
    Ren, East Asian Languages, University of Arizona, “Leisure as an Event of Self-Formation at a Chinese Theme Park
    > Sun Shaojing, School of Journalism, Fudan University, “Experiencing cultures: Chinese visitors’ encounter with nation-brands at Shanghai Expo” (co-authored by Jay Wang, USC Center on Public Diplomacy)
    > Susan Brownell, Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, "World Expo Shanghai 2010: Why it wasn't a media event, but still drew 70 million spectators"
  • Discussant: Yunxiang Yan, Anthropology & Director, Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA

4:00: Coffee Break

4:15-5:45: An Audience Conversation with Zhang Jizhong

6:30: Concluding Banquet (Invitation Only)

  • Media and Culture in Contemporary China
  • UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Southern California (USC)