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Chinafornia Newsletter 12.20.16 - California's first Chinese-American governor?

Welcome to the fifth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
December 21 · Issue #5 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the fifth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
I’m on the road this week, in LA and San Diego for some Chinafornia meetings, so I’ll leave the commentary for another time. For now, make sure to check the Chinatown section for a piece on governor-hopeful John Chiang and a great podcast on a truly original Chinafornian character. Also, don’t miss the Culture Corner: a video that is the gold standard for China-western creative collaboration.
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I spent over five years in mainland China, including two as The Huffington Post’s first-ever China correspondent. I’m now back in my native California consulting on China-related projects and writing a book on Chinafornia.
You can read some of my best work on my own website: An Optimist’s Guide to China. Follow me on Twitter @mattsheehan88 and feel free to email me at
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First Netflix, Now Amazon Prime Video Expand Globally - Without China - China Film Insider
Stranger Things Are Going Into China's Overseas Shopping Basket - Bloomberg
Goldman Warns China Outflows Rising in Both Yuan Payments, Forex - Bloomberg
China to review film limits as box office growth slows| Reuters
China And The West To Meet In A Film About ‘Vinegar Joe’ Stilwell | Deadline
China Box Office: 'The Great Wall' Stands Tall with RMB 470 Million - China Film Insider
Bliss Media, Maven Pictures Financing Halle Berry’s L.A. Riots Movie | Variety
CFI's Sky Kings and Heavenly Queens: Jiang Wen/姜文 - China Film Insider
Energy and the Environment
Leonardo DiCaprio to Promote Chinese Electric-Car Brand | Sixth Tone
A Clear Opportunity: U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Air | Asia Society
If the U.S. Won't Pay Its Teachers, China Will - Bloomberg
Real Estate
Related Signs JV With CCCC for $950M LA Project | Mingtiandi
Wealthy Chinese buyers are a growing force in U.S. real estate markets - The Washington Post
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
In China, Searching for Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree : Longreads
A vast, mostly untapped donor base could propel John Chiang to become California’s first Asian American governor - LA Times
Longform Podcast #224: Hua Hsu · Longform
The Beltway and Beijing
The Missing Topic in Trump’s Tough Talk on China | ChinaFile
Trump’s Top Diplomat Would Bring Complex History With China From Exxon Days - Bloomberg
Chinese Tourists Flaunt Their Cash While U.S. Cities Scramble for Scraps - Bloomberg
Golden Oldie
Silicon Valley’s New Power Player: China
Culture Corner
Monkey Bee: A Short Film by Jamie Hewlett - YouTube
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