By Mark McDonald
International Herald Tribune
June 27, 2012
Editor: Jane Leung Larson
C-100 U.S.-China Perceptions Survey co-chairs Charlie Woo, Frank H. Wu, and Jeremy Wu participated in a live “Global Conversation on US-China Relations” with Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia Journalism School, on May 23. The webcast is an in-depth review of the survey methodology and findings.
Talk show host Tavis Smiley interviewed Charlie Woo, co-founder and CEO of Megatoys, on May 11. Smiley traveled to China twice with the Committee and was particularly interested in the survey finding that individuals who had visited the other country had more favorable views than those who had never been there. Woo said, “Interaction between the two peoples creates a better relationship. For those [Americans] who have visited China, their impression is pretty overwhelmingly more favorable, and for Chinese who come here, most have favorable opinions.”
After the Committee of 100 released the “U.S.-China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey 2012” on April 19 at the 21st Annual Conference in Pasadena, leading international and domestic media outlets picked up the breaking news. To date, 63 media stories have been generated in the English and Chinese language media, including Associated Foreign Press (AFP), Channel News Asia, China Daily, Korea Herald, Los Angeles Business Journal, MarketWatch, People’s Daily, Radio Netherlands, Reuters, Shijie Ribao and Voice of America.
Frank H. Wu, chancellor and dean of University of California Hastings College of Law, and Anla Cheng, partner at Sino-Century China Private Equity fund, fielded questions on the Committee’s 2012 opinion survey from host Brian Lehrer and the public on the popular WNYC talk show on April 25. Lehrer was surprised when Wu and Cheng revealed the survey finding that the majority of the general public in the U.S. has quite favorable views of China, while business leaders and policy makers believe that the public sees China less positively.
The Committee of 100 has launched its first online C-100 Interactive Report, which currently displays the 2007 C-100 Mirror Survey of American and Chinese mutual perceptions.
The 2007 “mirror survey” compares opinion polls conducted by the Committee in the United States and China to measure attitudes of the American and Chinese general public, opinion leaders and business leaders as well as other segments of the population, such as U.S. Congressional staffers. Questions probed the respondents’ perceptions of the U.S. and China, bilateral relations, and each country’s economic, military and political power. For American attitudes toward China, viewers also can click on a dropdown box to compare the 2007 results with those of the C-100 2005 opinion survey. Both English and Chinese (simplified and traditional characters) can be used to navigate the site.
October-November 2010| By Jane Leung Larson
Which country would Chinese Americans support in a conflict between the U.S. and China? The 2009 Committee of 100 opinion survey polled both the general public and a sample of Chinese Americans and found that Chinese Americans feel that they as a group are more “loyal” to the U.S. than many of the general public believes them to be.
The vast majority of Chinese Americans believed that on the whole Chinese Americans would support the U.S. in both economic (75%) and military (77%) conflicts, whereas a considerably smaller portion of the general public thought that Chinese Americans would side with the U.S. over China (economic—55% and military—57%). About a third of the general public felt that Chinese Americans would support China over the U.S. in economic (35%) or military (34%) conflicts, whereas the Chinese Americans assessed their support of China over the U.S. as far less likely (economic—12% and military—9%)
For the full survey report, go here.
September 2010| By Jane Leung Larson
Chinese Americans and members of the general public disagree about how far Asian Americans have progressed in breaking the bamboo ceiling of corporate boards and management. The 2009 Committee of 100 opinion survey polled both groups and got starkly different responses to two questions: “Compared to White Americans, are Asian Americans promoted as rapidly to higher ranks of management?” and “Compared to White Americans, are Asian Americans adequately represented on corporate boards?”
With the buzz this summer about the persistence of racial prejudice and the toxicity of race in American political discourse, we can find clues in the Committee’s 2009 Opinion Survey about the 21% of Americans who hold the most negative views of Chinese and Asian Americans.
The 2009 report states that those with the highest degree of prejudice toward Chinese and Asian Americans tend to be older, less educated, and have lower household incomes.
China perceived by Americans as a future threat to the U.S.? The
Committee’s 2009 opinion survey asked two groups of respondents, members
of the general public and Chinese Americans, to estimate the threat
China would pose to the U.S. in the next ten years. The responses were
remarkably similar, with 67% of the public and 62% of Chinese Americans
saying that China would be a threat to the U.S. Both groups rated the
potential Chinese threat as less than Iran and North Korea, with China
and Russia tied as the third most threatening countries. However, only
11% of Chinese Americans saw China as an extreme threat, compared to 24%
of other Americans.