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The Chinafornia Newsletter 4.19.17 - Chinese Blame America for United Airlines

Welcome to the 21st edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
April 19 · Issue #21 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 21st edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Big thanks to all the subscribers who have recently reached out with feedback and commentary on the newsletter – hearing from readers is one of the best parts of this work, and I really appreciate you taking the time to both read and get in touch.
Things have been a bit quiet on the tech front this week, but there’s plenty churning in Hollywood-China connects, and two very interesting takes on Chinese perceptions of their place in the American racial landscape.
This week’s top stories:
2. Chinese Blame America for United Airlines - Foreign Policy. Lot more than meets the eye here – great explainer by James Palmer.
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 where I’m consulting on market entry and communications for 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

China's Ant hikes MoneyGram bid by over a third, beats rival U.S. offer| Reuters
On Growing: 7 Lessons from the Story of WeChat – Y Combinator
Chinese Investment in the United States: Time for New Rules? - Lawfare
America Needs More Foreign Investment - Bloomberg View
China eases yuan outflow controls in sign of recovered confidence | South China Morning Post
Hollywood’s New Script: You Can’t Make Movies Without China - WSJ
Matt: Here also is a paywalled FT piece in which Wang Jianlin confirms that Chinese currency controls sunk his billion dollar deal for Dick Clark Productions. Pretty clear that was the reason, but interesting that he talked about this openly, says he’ll be focusing on domestic investments for now.
‘Fate of the Furious’ Reveals That China Is Where the Action Is - Bloomberg
MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd: Fortunes of China, U.S. Film Markets Are "Inextricably Linked" | Hollywood Reporter
Richard Gere's Studio Exile: Why His Hollywood Career Took an Indie Turn | Hollywood Reporter
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese : NPR
Chinese Blame America for United Airlines | Foreign Policy
The Beltway and Beijing
As Zeal for China Dims, Global Companies Complain More Boldly - The New York Times
Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business
China Again Asked U.S. to Return Fugitives
2016 Saw Double-Digit Growth in Chinese Tourism Spending: UNWTO
Hang gliding in Malibu. Touring a Beverly Hills mansion. The Chinese will be able to experience it all before visiting - LA Times
Jobs and Events
U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium | National Committee on United States - China Relations
Culture Corner
Birdstriking | Maybe Mars
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