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The Chinafornia Newsletter 1.18.17 -- Beijing Braces for a Trade War

Welcome to the ninth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
January 18 · Issue #9 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the ninth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
This week’s must-read pieces:
1. How Beijing is bracing for a trade war, and notes from Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross’ confirmation hearing indicating a more targeted approach than across-the-board tariffs. (Wall Street Journal)
2. Sharp Eddie Huang piece in the New York Times on Steve Harvey and the emasculation of Asian-American men.
3. A Department of Commerce study showing the controversial investment-for-greencard program known as EB-5 generated ~175,000 American jobs in 2012 and 2013. The study is very detailed, but I pull out some takeaways in the Investment section below.
This week’s Culture Corner at the bottom of the email is a shout-out to a painter that I see as the Norman Rockwell of China, a man who did beautiful portraits of street life in China almost one hundred years ago.
Enjoy, and as always please feel free to share with friends and get in touch with me.
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

China firm’s plan to put bikes on SF streets met with anger - SFGate
Microsoft Veteran Will Help Run Chinese Search Giant Baidu - Bloomberg
Estimating the Investment and Job Creation Impact of the EB-5 Program -- United States Department of Commerce
China Overseas Investment Spree Set to Run Out of Steam - WSJ
Flying High and Flying Blind: How One Chinese Buyout of a US Aviation Firm Soared While Another Crashed – Paulson Institute
Thomas Tull to Exit Legendary Entertainment | Hollywood Reporter
Real Estate
Frank Gehry's $1-billion downtown project could finally be a go after a Chinese builder's $290-million investment - LA Times
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s
Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl? - The New York Times
The Beltway and Beijing
Commerce Secretary Nominee Wilbur Ross Offers Preview of Trade Policy - WSJ
Debate: Can China Survive Trump? - Bloomberg View
Trump’s China trademarks ‘risk a constitutional crisis’ | South China Morning Post
Jobs and Events
HR Generalist/HR Manager Job at Tencent in San Francisco Bay Area | LinkedIn
Sr. Project Manager, MEP, Oceanwide LLC LinkedIn
Investor Relations Assistant- 投资者关系助理 Job at Golden Gate Global in San Francisco Bay Area
Golden Oldie
Eastern Promises: The Scramble to Scoop Up More of the Chinese Tourist Dollars Flowing Into the Region - Los Angeles Magazine
Culture Corner
The Art of Feng Zikai on Pinterest
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