case study to show the great advances in biological research and how they are affecting our understanding of human behavior. It also tries to get young people interested in studying science. The deliverable products will be bilingual (in English and Mandarin) in order to address the cross-cultural dimensions of the project. All three forms of presentation will feature a multi- tiered structure comprised of six interwoven fields: defining MAO, bio-engineering knockout mice, Jean Shih and her research team, the human significance of MAO, the interplay between nature and culture, entering the world of science. Funded with seed-money from USC Provost Lloyd Armstrong, this collaboration between USC’s two female University Professors, Jean Shih and Marsha Kinder, brings together their respective research teams at the School of Pharmacy and The Labyrinth Project at the Annenberg Center.
Cultivating Pasadena II: From Personal Stories to Homegrown History (in development). Building on the popular success of Cultivating Pasadena: From Roses to Redevelopment, an exhibition on display since October 9, 2004, the Labyrinth Project and Pasadena Museum of California Art are proposing a second phase that will expand its interactive potential and degree of community participation. Enthusiastic visitors eager to contribute their own memories and photographs of the city are the inspiration for this new project. Residents, preservationists, enthusiasts and schools, among others, will be invited to collect oral histories, photographs, home movies, and memorabilia and to submit them either directly to the museum or through the project’s new website. Material gathered from the community will be featured in a new exhibition that will include: a multi-screen interactive installation; a print catalogue of the exhibition with essays; a website that will gather, organize and display all materials collected; and a DVD-ROM version of the installation for use in homes and classrooms.
Documenting the Global City: Los Angeles and Beijing (in development). This summer exchange program between CUC (Communication University of China in Beijing) and USC School of Cinema Television in Los Angeles will result in two six-week summer workshops on the global city. The first six weeks will take place in Los Angeles at USC, and the second in Beijing at CUC. Pairs of American and Chinese students will produce 12 ten-minute digital documentaries on these two cities—those on LA being driven by the Chinese students, and those on Beijing by the American students. The twelve documentaries will be turned into two sixty-minute television shows (to be aired both in China and the US), and a database documentary that will be produced by The Labyrinth Project (in collaboration with students from both schools) and presented as a large screen installation at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijning. Principal investigators are Marsha Kinder, Director of The Labyrinth Project; Mark Jonathan Harris, Prof. of Production and 3-time Oscar winning documentary filmmaker; and Stanley Rosen, Director of USC’s East Asian Studies Center.
Koreatown: Characterizing the Global City of Los Angeles (in development). This database documentary (comprising an interactive DVD-ROM, a site-specific installation and a website) has a dual focus: a people and a place. It examines LA’s midtown neighborhood known as “Koreatown” through a vertical excavation of its layered social, economic and ethnographic history and a horizontal reading of its current hybridity on these same registers. Through interviews, archival materials and rephotography, this case study asks: What are the dynamics of ethnic change and hybridity within a global city like Los Angeles? Why is this area called “Koreatown” when nearly half of its population is Latino? How do insiders and outsiders of different ethnicities define “Koreatown” geographically, culturally, and historically? How does Koreatown’s nightlife, leisure activities and heavy use of digital culture affect the way it is used and perceived by different ethnic groups of different generations? What factors control the shifting relations between Korean-Americans and the Korean homeland? How do shifting geo- political relations between the US and Korea affect the way Korean-Americans are perceived by other ethnicities? How does this community contribute to Los Angeles’s identity as a 21st century global city? This project will draw on USC faculty and students from many different disciplines, including the East Asian Studies Center.