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The Chinafornia Newsletter 3.1.17 - Could Trump's tariffs bring factories home?

Welcome to the 15th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
March 1 · Issue #15 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 15th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
This morning I published an op-ed in The WorldPost: Let America’s Mayors Run Our China Policy (my choice of headline).
A quick excerpt: 
Part pitchmen and part policymakers, mayors have the incentives and the flexibility needed to entice Chinese investors. In a small town, every new storefront counts, and mayors are free from the paralyzing weight of global geopolitical machinations. They don’t lose sleep over the South China Sea or issue provocative statements about Taiwan. Their careers ride on getting things done in their jurisdiction: creating jobs, housing, safe streets and good schools.
A recent wave of outbound Chinese citizens and capital is helping them do just that.”
This week had some really fantastic pieces. Here are a few of the best:
1. Jiayang Fan’s New Yorker piece on Chinese immigrants, misinformation and Trump. Difficult to summarize, but a thoughtful exploration that’s well worth your time. 
2. Two contrasting predictions on Trump’s threatened tariffs: will they spur Chinese factories to relocate to the US, or will a trade war backfire on U.S. manufacturers? I give my thoughts in the ‘Investment’ section below.
3. Julian Gewirtz in the Washington Post on why millennials don’t see China as the enemy. Speaking up for us 8/9零后’s…
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

How Teen Craze Got Too Big for Pop to Ignore - Rolling Stone
Can China Expand its Beachhead in Hollywood? | ChinaFile
China Box Office: Evil Takes Up Residence, Sets New Precedent | China Film Insider
Behind the scenes in the ‘Hollywood’ of China | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post
Hollywood Is Left Hanging as China Reins In Investments - WSJ
China's 'glass king' to complete U.S. expansion despite Trump tensions| Reuters
For More Chinese Firms, It Pays to Make It in the U.S.A. - WSJ
Solar Squabble Shows How a Trump Trade War With China Could Backfire - Bloomberg
Real Estate
Mega-mansions in this L.A. suburb used to sell to Chinese buyers in days. Now they're sitting empty for months - LA Times
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
In a Hospital Room, with Trump Near and Far Away - The New Yorker
Enter the Dragon -- San Francisco Magazine
Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still : Code Switch : NPR
The Beltway and Beijing
Don’t let Beijing push us around, warns ‘frustrated’ former ambassador to China - The Washington Post
Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t. - The Washington Post
Why Trump’s trade threats can’t hurt China much: Economist
Report: WeChat Travel Industry 2017
Jobs and Events
Jobs | Jing Daily
Golden Oldie
Three Perfect Days: Xi’an
Culture Corner
The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center - The New Yorker
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