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The Chinafornia Newsletter 3.10.17 - Why is China so uncool?

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Welcome to the 16th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
 
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Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 16th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Newsletter coming a day late this week as I was under deadline for a couple longform articles, one of which is below. Without further ado, this week’s top articles:
1. Why is China so …. Uncool? Nice Foreign Policy piece on China’s soft power deficit abroad. I give my take in the commentary below.
2. How China’s Air Bnb Copycats Beat the Silicon Valley Titan at its own Game Headline overstates the case, but interesting read.
3. That Time I Split My Pants Open at the Great Hall of the People – a longform gonzo piece by me on misadventures with village protesters and China’s premier. The illustration is worth the price of admission alone.
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.

That time I split my pants open at the Great Hall of the People - SupChina
Tech
Didi beat Uber in China and now it's opening an R&D center on its turf - The Verge
How China’s Airbnb copycats beat the Silicon Valley titan at its own game | South China Morning Post
Tesla's China Sales Triple to More Than $1 Billion - Bloomberg
Hollywood:
Why Is China So … Uncool? | Foreign Policy
iQiyi Nabs Rights to 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land' | China Film Insider
China Box Office: Eight Is Hollywood's Lucky Number | China Film Insider
Investment
China's private companies are unjustly labeled as Communist Party plants
Real Estate
Oakland’s Massive Brooklyn Basin Development Set to Break Ground in April - The Registry
Seattle Real Estate Sees Surge In Chinese Interest After Vancouver Enacts 15% Tax
Education
Taiwanese universities may be self-censoring political discussion to attract Chinese students — Quartz
The Beltway and Beijing
Why the White House Worries About Trade Deficits - WSJ
To Reduce Trade Deficit, White House Wants Partners to Buy American - WSJ
Tourism
Heathrow ‘Passenger Ambassadors’ Secretly Encouraging Chinese Travelers to Spend Money at Airport Stores
Jobs and Events
Presidio Dialogues - Abundance and Erasure: The Immigrant Story of Chinese Shrimp Fishing in San Francisco Bay 3/16/17 6pm
Culture Corner
The Soundscape of Shanghai | Sixth Tone
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