EWC Insights: China Seminar: RED CARPET: How China Came to Rule Over Hollywood


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When: May 12 2022 - 12:00pm until May 12 2022 - 1:00pm

China Seminar with Erich Schwartzel

How China Came to Rule Over Hollywood

Erich Schwartzel
Author, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China,
and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Competition between the United States and China dominates the foreign policy landscape, from trade to technology to military might. But this battle for global influence is also playing out in a strange and unexpected arena: the movies.
In recent decades, as China has grown into a giant in the international economy, it has become a crucial source of revenue for the American film industry. Hollywood studios are now bending over backward to make movies that will appeal to China's citizens—and gain approval from severe Communist Party censors. At the same time, and with America's unwitting help, China has built its own film industry into an essential arm of its plan to export its national agenda to the rest of the world. The competition between these two movie businesses is a Cold War for this century, a clash that determines whether democratic or authoritarian values will be broadcast most powerfully around the world. Red Carpet author Erich Schwartzel will explain the latest battleground in the tense and complex rivalry between these two world powers in the film industry.

Erich Schwartzel's first book, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy, was published in February 2022 by Penguin Press. Red Carpet was a New York Times Editors' Choice, called a "page-turner" by Foreign Affairs, and named one of the 125 best books about Hollywood by Esquire. Schwartzel has reported on the film industry for The Wall Street Journal since 2013. His work on Red Carpet was featured on NPR's Fresh Air, CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” and the Bret Easton Ellis podcast. Previously, he covered energy and the environment for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where his work won the Scripps Howard Award for Environmental Reporting. He lives in Los Angeles.
The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.
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