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The Chinafornia Newsletter 3.13.17 - How AlphaGo is Inspiring Chinese Go Players

Welcome to the 20th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
April 13 · Issue #20 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 20th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
I’m finally back in the Bay Area after a great couple of weeks in Beijing and a trip to Shijiazhuang. It was fantastic to see friends and soak up the city, and I’m feel re-energized as I dig back into Chinafornia on the home front.
This week’s top reads:
1. Blog post from Google on how AlphaGo has changed Chinese players’ approach to Go, announcement of fascinating AI/Go exhibition in Wuzhen
2. Two beefing HuffPost pieces (here and here) on Chinese-American activists vs. Trump-supporting recent arrivals.
3. Raids over fraudulent EB-5 schemes turn up green cards for some of China’s most-wanted fugitives.
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

Exploring the mysteries of Go with AlphaGo and China's top players
Chinese investment in U.S. tech startups may have already peaked - Recode
Yahoo Is Sued Over $17 Million Fund for Chinese Dissidents - The New York Times
How China’s Largest TV Maker Invested in Georgia to Globalize its Brand – Paulson Institute
Chinese Films to Watch on Netflix Tonight | China Film Insider
How Important Is China To Hollywood's Bottom Line? | China Film Insider
Real Estate
Feds raid San Gabriel, Arcadia locations over visa-fraud scheme involving criminals on China’s most-wanted list
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
A Note To Asian-American Activists About New Arrivals | The Huffington Post
New Chinese Immigrants Are Different From Chinese Americans And Proud Of It | The Huffington Post
Woman charged in Bay Area murder released on $35 million bail - SFGate
Americans’ Views of China Improve as Economic Concerns Ease | Pew Research Center
The Beltway and Beijing
Matt: I’m sure you’ve got enough Trump in your life these days, so feel free to skip to the Culture Corner below. We all need a break.
Trump Says Dollar ‘Getting Too Strong,’ Won’t Label China a Currency Manipulator - WSJ
Trump on North Korea: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy” - Vox
High stakes for California's Chinese connections as Trump-Xi summit begins - LA Times
Culture Corner
Lost in Beijing aka 苹果 - YouTube
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