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The Chinafornia Newsletter 12.28.16 - "Trump's China-Bashing Id" Appointed Trade Czar

Welcome to the fifth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
December 28 · Issue #6 · 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.
This week yours truly was quoted in a nice Chinafornia column printed in The San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee. The column, “California Should Bridge Rift Threatening U.S. China Relations,” was by Joe Mathews, a journalist with some fascinating Chinafornia family history of his own. 
Below is an excerpt, and here is a link to the non-paywalled version at SacBee:
California’s role in this difficult period should be to tell the story of its own deep ties to China and to seek out new areas of productive cooperation, argues Matt Sheehan, author of the forthcoming book “Chinafornia: Working with Chinese Investors, Immigrants and Ideas on U.S. Soil.” “I think of California as a living laboratory for a more practical, productive version of U.S.-China relations,” Sheehan says.
The Christmas slumber slowed news a bit, but there’s plenty popping off in the Hollywood space: the most bizarre China-Hollywood deal of the year was nixed, The Great Wall plodded on to middling reviews but decent receipts, and the Chinese box office is looking at its slowest growth in over a decade
Also, make sure to read Isaac Stone Fish’s piece on Trump’s fanatically anti-China trade czar – a truly frightening and, I would argue, xenophobic dude. Getting Chinafornia right – making sure it benefits working/middle-class Americans – and telling that story will be more important than ever.
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

Behind the scenes at Faraday Future, an electric carmaker on the brink of collapse - The Verge
China Investment In The U.S. Hit An All-Time High In 2016, But Don't Expect The Same In 2017
China’s ‘glass king’ shatters manufacturing wisdom with move to the US | South China Morning Post
China Box Office Flatlines in 2016 | Hollywood Reporter
‘Great Wall’ Producer on What Hollywood and China Can Teach Each Other - The New York Times
Is this Hollywood producer the first casualty of Trump’s China policy? - MarketWatch
Real Estate
Policy curb to have limited impact on Chinese overseas home buying |
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
2016: The Year of Asian-Americans Fighting Back -- Vulture
Chinese immigrants and students find community through running in Central Park - SupChina
The Beltway and Beijing
How a trade war with China could hurt California | Press Play | KCRW
Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade czar, embodies the China-bashing id of his campaign.
Golden Oldie
In Iowa, globalization and a culture clash
Culture Corner
罗辑思维2014 第15集 大英帝国 不控制的智慧 - YouTube
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