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The Chinafornia Newsletter 1.25.17 -- To Pander or Diversify? Hollywood studios in the hot seat

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Welcome to the tenth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
 
January 25 · Issue #10 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the tenth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Happy almost-Chinese New Year!
If you’re feeling down after the inauguration, just be glad you’re not on a multi-day, jam-packed, standing-room-only train ride across China. This week is the country’s massive Spring Festival rush for Chinese New year, the largest human migration on earth. In 2015 photographer Matjaž Tančič and I took a 39-hour ride from Beijing to Urumqi. Here’s my article on the journey, with gorgeous photos and a video by Matjaž.
This week’s must-reads:
1. To Pander or Diversify? Amy Qin in the New York Times on The Great Wall and Hollywood studios caught b/w Asian-American anger over whitewashing, and Chinese audiences distaste for pandering and inserting “token” roles for Chinese actors in American blockbusters.
2. Awesome interactive piece in LA Times on Chinese New Year dishes, including photos, recipes and the meaning behind each dish.
Enjoy and 新年快乐!
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 mattsheehan88@gmail.com.

Chinese New Year rush, Beijing train station, 2015. Photo by Matjaž Tančič
Chinese New Year rush, Beijing train station, 2015. Photo by Matjaž Tančič
Tech
China fortifies Great Firewall with crackdown on VPNs - CNN
Hugo Barra is leaving his post at Chinese phone maker Xiaomi - Recode
Alibaba’s Profile Is Global, but Its Fate Is Tied to China - The New York Times
Investment
China to Issue Negative List for State Firms’ Outbound Investment
Voltage Pictures Sues Xinke Over Busted Deal | Variety
Hollywood:
Pander or Diversify? Hollywood Courts China With ‘The Great Wall’
Wanda Expands Global Theater Reach as AMC Buys Nordic Cinema | Variety
Paramount Pictures secures financing from Chinese investors for film slate - LA Times
Energy and the Environment
Gov. Jerry Brown touts partnerships with China amid warnings about the future - LA Times
Education
Beijing study abroad program suspended indefinitely | Stanford Daily
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
Foods for a Chinese New Year feast - Los Angeles Times
The Beltway and Beijing
Trump Injects High Risk Into Relations With China - The New York Times
California exports: Trump's move on trade could hurt farmers, Silicon Valley | The Sacramento Bee
Deng’s Great Leap - WSJ
Jobs and Events
PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco - International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography
Golden Oldie
The Plot to Steal the Color White From DuPont
Culture Corner
The Civil Servant's Notebook: Xiaofang Wang: Amazon.com
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