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The Chinafornia Newsletter 6.1.17 - A Governor's China Climate Mission

Welcome to the 27th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
June 1 · Issue #27 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 27th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
It’s been a fascinating week in Chinafornia trends, with great discussion bubbling up about the development of AI in China and the US. I also had the chance to interview California Governor Jerry Brown as he sets off on a climate mission to China. Governor Brown’s approach is a much-needed breath of fresh air at a time like this, and you can read the interview here: With Trump AWOL on Climate, California Governor Seeks China as an Ally.
This week’s top stories:
2. The Mayor Who Loved China – my Vice News profile of a very eccentric California mayor, and the backlash his China schemes created.
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 The 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

Is China Outsmarting the US in AI? -
Searching for a Win: A Tech Warrior’s Final Battle With Google - WSJ
China's new cybersecurity law takes effect
Lawsuit Accuses Cisco of Complicity in Oppression Abroad | San Jose Inside
Spin raises $8 million as bike-sharing battle heats up in the US | TechCrunch
A California mayor hopes China will save his town from meth labs and neo-Nazis – VICE News
How the West helps shape Chinese cinema’s next new wave: two emerging filmmakers tell their stories | South China Morning Post
Don't worry, Hollywood. China's not a threat - LAT
Netflix brings Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who stood up to China, to millions this week — Quartz
Local China Producer Begs Exhibitors to Fend off 'Pirates' | China Film Insider
Energy and the Environment
With Trump Going AWOL On Climate, California Governor Seeks China As An Ally | HuffPost
Real Estate
Oakland parcel swap clears affordable housing obstacle
How Jared Kushner built a luxury skyscraper using loans meant for job-starved areas - The Washington Post
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
A 'Joy Luck Club' television series is in the works
Study Questions Whether Asians Are Being Targeted in Corporate Spy Cases– AsAm News
Born in the USA: The Immigrant Son Who Fought for Birthright Citizenship - History in the Headlines
China’s Ill, and Wealthy, Look Abroad for Medical Treatment - The New York Times
Jobs and Events
China's Rise and the U.S.: A Discussion with Harvard’s Graham Allison Tickets, Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite
Culture Corner
Cambrian by Faye Wong on Spotify
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