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The Chinafornia Newsletter 5.3.17 - China's Tempting But Ruthless Tech Market

Happy May, everyone. Welcome to the 23rd edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of
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Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Happy May, everyone. Welcome to the 23rd edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
Lots going on in tech this week, with Apple facing declining iPhone sales in China, Didi raising another huge round, and Twitter briefly suspending the account of a flamboyant Chinese billionaire/fugitive.
This week’s must reads:
2. UC’s Fall Enrollment at a Glance – great data tool for exploring demographics of UC enrollment, including rise of Chinese students. I pull some highlights from the data in the Education section below.
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I spent over five years in mainland China, including two as the first-ever China correspondent for the Huffington Post and WorldPost. 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

Q&A: 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on China’s tempting but ruthless market
It's looking really grim for Apple in China
Dear Uber, That Record Funding Means Didi Is Coming for You - Bloomberg
He Tweeted About Chinese Government Corruption. Twitter Suspended His Account. - The New York Times
Ex-Google Engineer Builds $1.5 Billion Startup in 21 Months - Bloomberg
Chinese Government and Hollywood Launch Snoop-and-Censor Copyright Filter | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Wanda Bets $1 Billion to Turn Legendary Entertainment Into Media Giant | Variety
Netflix releases trailer for documentary about Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong | South China Morning Post
Zeman confirms DreamWorks pulls out of Shanghai DreamCenter – what now for the ambitious entertainment zone? | South China Morning Post
Fall enrollment at a glance | University of California
Father Collapsed Because Daughter Wants to Stay in America and Marry American Boyfriend! - YouTube
Real Estate
Wealthy Chinese Scramble for Imperiled Commodity: U.S. ‘Golden Visa’ -
9 reasons why Seattle is firing up Chinese buyer interest |
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
L.A. Mayor Declares May 2 'Fresh Off the Boat' Day | Hollywood Reporter
This Restaurant Chain Wants to Bring Chinese Hotpot to the World - Bloomberg
Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu? -
China Craves Foreign Goods. Students in Australia Supply Them. - The New York Times
Culture Corner
Kendrick Lamar - DNA. - YouTube
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