Changing Lives in Modern China

A simulcast on the latest China news

July 27-28, 2018

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Schedule available here

When is the simulcast?

On July 27, 2018, the simulcast will run from 8:20- 12:05 am Pacific, with a break from 10:00-10:15
On July 28, 2018, the simulcast will run from 8:30- 10:45 and from 1:20- 2:15 pm, with a break from 11:35- 1:20

Why should I be interested?

China is the largest and most populated country in the world yet there is little information on the daily lives of the Chinese. Understanding China is to understand the future.

Who is 1990 Institute?

A nonpolitical nonpartisan nonprofit located in San Francisco, 1990 Institute seeks increased understanding between U.S. and China. We are not political. In fact, we stay away from politics.

Is this propaganda?

No way. No government has directly or indirectly influenced us. We are focused on education and mutual understanding between the peoples of U.S. and China.

Who can watch?


1990 Institute is non partisan and nonprofit. We go out of our way not to have a political point of view. Rather, we believe that through enhancing the understandings between the peoples of the US and the peoples of China through education, simply put, the world becomes a better place.

1990 Institute is proud to present CHINA NOW, a seminar by simulcast for American teachers and the general public, to be held July 27-28, 2018 from 8 am -2 pm Pacific. CHINA NOW brings together experts on modern China who will share their learnings and experiences about the world’s largest and most populated country.

Our CHINA NOW seminar will feature National Public Radio’s Shanghai correspondent, Rob Schmitz discussing “Are the Chinese Happy?”. We’ll also present Mei Zhang, Founder and CEO of WildChina. Mei Zhang has revolutionized the travel industry in China, by offering views into the authentic daily lives of Chinese citizens and opportunities for travel to remote but uniquely beautiful areas of China which are not on the typical tourist path. Described below are additional speakers in our seminar: each one of them has become an expert in his field and is eager to share his knowledge with you.

Our CHINA NOW seminar is no cost and available to you via simulcast. Sign up below for info on how to join our simulcast and learn more about China from your living room.


Workshop Speakers

Rob Schmitz

Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR and author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Schmitz was the China Correspondent for the public radio business program Marketplace. Mr. Schmitz has won numerous awards for his reporting on China and other East Asia countries, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards, Education Writers Association award, and Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.

Mei Zhang

Mei Zhang is a native of Yunnan province in southwest China and the Founder of WildChina, a trendsetting travel company based in Beijing and recognized by National Geographic as one of the world’s Best Travel Adventure Companies. Ms. Zhang’s expertise has led her to win a number of awards and accolades, including Travel and Leisure “A-List of Top Travel Advisors” and Condé Nast Traveler “Top Travel Specialist”. She is also the author of Travels through Dali: with a leg of ham, a beautifully illustrated chronicle of her return to her roots and serves as a form of cultural cultivation for the­­­­­­­ region’s ancient traditions.

Clayton Dube

Moderator of our 2017 and 2018 Workshop, Mr. Dube is the Executive Director of University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute, focusing on the multidimensional U.S.-China relationship. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982 and has since returned to China many times to carry out fieldwork on economic development, lead study tours, and lecture at conferences. Mr. Dube is recognized for his many outstanding contributions to research and education about China and has won teaching awards at three universities.

Scott Rozelle

Dr. Rozelle is the co-director of Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP), whose goal is to help students from vulnerable communities in China enhance their human capital and overcome obstacles to education so that they can escape poverty and better contribute to China’s developing economy. His research focuses almost exclusively on China and includes agricultural policy; the emergence and evolution of markets and economic institutions and the implications for equity and efficiency; and poverty and inequality with an emphasis on rural economics, education, health and nutrition.

Richard Madsen

A sociology professor at U.C. San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy, Dr. Madsen is the author, or co-author, of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations. His 1995 book “Habits of the Heart” won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Considered “one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion,” Madsen is currently working on a book about happiness in China, which he describes as an exploration on searching for a good life in China in an age of anxiety, tapping into people’s sense of meaning.

Tobias Smith

Tobias Smith is a researcher specializing in the development of criminal law in China and how everyday people experience China’s justice system. His writing focuses on capital punishment and its alternatives and effects on society. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program.

Janet Yang

Janet Yang is a prominent Hollywood film producer and consultant who has worked with Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone. With deep roots in the U.S. and China, she has produced a number of award-winning films, including The Joy Luck Club (Disney); The People vs. Larry Flynt, a Chinese adaptation of High School Musical, and Shanghai Calling. Ms. Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Committee of 100, and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University