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Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus

Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus is a former intern with the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute.

Articles by Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus (12)

  • How afraid should Hollywood be of Wang Jianlin?

    Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man and owner of Wanda group, is close to finalising a deal which would give him control of Hollywood’s Dick Clark productions, valued at $US1 billion. Fear has spread throughout Hollywood that China’s propaganda machine is coming to Tinseltown.
  • G20 media coverage: Chinese medicine the order of the day

    The overall image presented by Chinese media coverage of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou is that of a kindly and omniscient apothecary (China) telling all its patients (all the other G20 countries) what medicine they should take to treat their ills. The references to 'curing', 'treating' and 'medicine' suggest only China knows how to remedy the maladies of the global economy. Such confidence in China's economic management reflects the view in China that its global influence has increased.
  • China vs Australia in the pool and across the oceans

    This weekend, swimmers Mack Horton from Australia and China's Sun Yang are expected to race each other in the 1500m freestyle final, an event that is shaping up to be one of the big moments of the Rio Olympics with a nationalist focus that goes well beyond the pool. On day one of the Games, Chinese social networking sites and state-owned media lit up with negative comments after Horton described Sun Yang as a 'drug cheat'.
  • How Hollywood is adapting to a new multipolar cinematic order

    The recent success of Warcraft: The Beginning in China (especially compared to the US, where it flopped) hints at how the US and China can peacefully co-exist in a multipolar world. Since the end of the Cold War, the US has been the major cultural, economic and military influence in a unipolar environment. Likewise, since the explosion of the cinematic experience in the 1950s, Hollywood has been the world's most influential and profitable film market.
  • Confucius Classrooms: If government won't pay for language teaching, China will

    Language policy in Australian schools isn't likely to become an election issue but perhaps it should be. A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald detailing the expansion of the Confucius Classrooms program at primary schools in Sydney and Melbourne quoted parents who were unhappy with this development and said the classrooms 'were viewed uneasily by some China watchers'. Of course, any program run by a foreign government in Australian schools should be scrutinised.
  • Hollywood-China movie mania: A two-way street

    Could Captain America be showing the way forward in Sino-US relations? In contrast to tensions around territorial disputes and currency battles, the burgeoning Hollywood-China filmmaking relationship is a case study in the type of 'win-win cooperation' that President Xi is so keen on. Anthony and Joe Russo, the Russo Brothers of Captain America fame, are collaborating with Beijing FangJin Visual Media Culture Communication Company to create a Chinese action sci-fi movie.