HONG KONG (For Immediate Release) The 2011 USC Global Conference opened with a roaring success—a lion’s roar, that is—as USC president C. L. Max Nikias (r.) and Hong Kong Finance Secretary John Tsang (l.) inaugurated the three-day conference with a ceremonial “waking” of a lion in a traditional Chinese lion dance. The waking was a symbol of both the beginning of the conference, and the larger emergence of the “Age of the Pacific” that is a focus of the University of Southern California.
As the 2011 Global Conference kicks into high gear, several of the professional schools are hosting Asia region events in tandem with the main conference events. The following dispatch from Taipei, Taiwan, comes courtesy of Dean Robert Cutietta of the USC Thornton School of Music:
“I just have to bring you up-to-date on an amazing event this past Tuesday night in Taipei. Nine Thornton alumni rented out the National Recital Hall in downtown Taipei and