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The Chinafornia Newsletter 2.22.17 - The Hard Edge of China's Soft Power

Welcome to the 14th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
February 22 · Issue #14 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 14th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Big thanks to the inimitable Laszlo Montgomery for shouting out the newsletter on the latest China History Podcast. Welcome to our new subscribers this week: you can find back issues here, and a summary of the Chinafornia thesis in my interview with The Diplomat last week.
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This weeks top articles:
1. Two pieces on the hard edge of China’s soft power: how China is retaliating against South Korea by banning its entertainers, and how Chinese students abroad are trying to censor dissident speakers on campus.
2.  Reuters look at how capital controls are dampening appetites for dealing with Chinese investors.
3. Shrimp Boy’s Day in Court – a classic for this week’s Golden Oldie.
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

Didi tests English interface, foreign credit cards as it prepares to expand overseas | South China Morning Post
China’s first ‘deep learning lab’ intensifies challenge to US in artificial intelligence race | South China Morning Post
Three sectors to watch for growth opportunities in China | South China Morning Post
Lawmakers Push for Tighter Scrutiny of Chinese Investment in U.S. - WSJ
Dick Clark Productions Sale to Dalian Wanda Is Dead (Exclusive)
Weekend Box Office: Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' Crumbles With $21M U.S. Debut | Hollywood Reporter
Foreigners Barred from Live-Streaming on Chinese Apps | China Film Insider
South Korean Content Restrictions Continue in China | China Film Insider
Do Chinese Students Threaten Free Speech at Universities Abroad? - Taiwan Sentinel
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched : Code Switch : NPR
Chinatown elderly suffer during building’s conversion, suit says - SFGate
Members of president’s commission on Asian Americans resign - The Washington Post
Beyond NYC and LA: 7 Lesser-Known U.S. Destinations Bidding for Chinese Tourists
The Beltway and Beijing
Americans more negative toward China over past decade | Pew Research Center
Betsy DeVos's Brother Is Setting Up A Private Army For China, Sources Say - BuzzFeed News
Trump Seen Having Support If He Dubs China Yuan Manipulator - Bloomberg
Jobs and Events
REAP - Communications Associate
Golden Oldie
Shrimp Boy’s Day in Court - The New York Times
Culture Corner
STEFANIE SUN (孙燕姿) - To Be Continued (未完成) - YouTube
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