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Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting t
 
February 8 · Issue #12 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
This week had lots of really top-notch Chinafornia writing, including a couple great magazine articles. Here I’ll shout out a couple must-reads, but I recommend scanning all the way down for some great writing:
2. The Parachute Generation, long form piece by Brook Larmer on Chinese high school students “parachuted” in to American homestays.
3. A Whirlwind Tour Through Trends in China – detailed video/slide presentation by Connie Chan of Andreesen Horowitz on WeChat, livestreaming and the future of e-commerce.
4. Both the Golden Oldie and Culture Corner at the bottom of the email – a hilarious piece on an American football team in Chongqing, and a truly beautiful combination of American and Chinese folk music (Sinica podcast interview, my favorite song at 43m mark).
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.

Tech
A Whirlwind Tour Through Trends in China – Andreessen Horowitz
China Gains on the U.S. in the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race - The New York Times
Leaked Document Reignites Tesla Shanghai Factory Talk - Caixin Global
NetEase might bring Google’s Play Store back to China
Investment
Domestic Constraints, Not Just U.S. Politics, Could Slow Chinese Direct Investment to the U.S. – Paulson Institute
Hollywood:
How China Is Remaking the Global Film Industry | Time.com
Book Excerpt: 'Hollywood Made in China' by Aynne Kokas | China Film Insider
US Football Popularity Peaks in China as Super Bowl Watched by Record 7.5M Viewers | China Film Insider
Education
The Parachute Generation - The New York Times
Why’s Beijing So Worried About Western Values Infecting China’s Youth? | ChinaFile
Real Estate
China Overseas Real Estate Investment Up 53% to Record $33 billion in 2016 – China Money Network
For Chinese Home Buyers, Seattle Is the New Vancouver - WSJ
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
Why The ‘Conservative’ Chinese New Year Parade Was Super Queer This Year | The Huffington Post
The Beltway and Beijing
Isolating China Doesn’t Work - The New York Times
Did someone say food fight? U.S. farmers — and especially those in California — fret over a possible trade war - LA Times
China Woos Ivanka, Jared Kushner to Smooth Ties With Trump - Bloomberg
Task Force Urges Better U.S. Engagement With China - The New York Times
Golden Oldie
Chinese Football: My Season with the Chongqing Dockers | New Republic
Culture Corner
Beijing meets banjo: Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn - SupChina
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