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The Chinafornia Newsletter 7.20.17 - Real estate breaks records... and then slows down

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Welcome to the 34th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
 
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Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 34th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
I’m in LA this week for a bunch of Chinafornia interviews and research, jetting around the city (re: sitting in traffic) and talking to some really interesting people in Hollywood, real estate, immigrant communities, etc. I’ll keep it brief here but will have more to share once I’m back in the Bay next week.
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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 mattsheehan88@gmail.com.

Tech
China Disrupts WhatsApp Service in Online Clampdown - NYTimes.com
China's biggest selfie company adds the newest AR effects to Facebook camera - TechNode
Apple Names New China Head as Its Sales Fall - The New York Times
Ride-sharing giant Uber to suspend service in Macau after battle with regulators | South China Morning Post
Hollywood:
China’s Softening Ticket Sales Are Drawing Hollywood’s Focus - The New York Times
Paramount China Financier Sold to Manufacturing Company, Renewing Doubts About Slate Deal | Hollywood Reporter
Fan Bingbing to File Lawsuit Against Tycoon Guo Wengui | Jing Daily
Disney 'Mulan' Redux Pushed to 2019 | China Film Insider
Education
Optimism about US international student numbers is misplaced | THE Opinion
A test and a business―Beijing students take SAT, CAT abroad - English China News Service
Real Estate
Foreign U.S. Home Sales Dollar Volume Surges 49 Percent to Record $153 Billion | nar.realtor
Chinese overseas property purchases crash through US$100b barrier in 2016 | South China Morning Post
Site of Wanda's "One Beverly Hills" condo and hotel project.
Site of Wanda's "One Beverly Hills" condo and hotel project.
Crews working late at Greenland's "Metropolis" towers in downtown LA.
Crews working late at Greenland's "Metropolis" towers in downtown LA.
China/town
Chinatown's swap meets once opened a door to the American dream. Now, their future is uncertain - LA Times
Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma’s Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out | KQED Food
Culture Corner
MC Jin freestyle battle compilation - YouTube
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