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The Chinafornia Newsletter 8.3.17 - A Chinese Mogul Surrenders to Minnie Mouse

Welcome to the 36th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
August 3 · Issue #36 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 36th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
We’ve got a fascinating set of stories this week, especially around the shriveling up of the once-fearsome Wanda, and Apple+Amazon’s roles in China’s ongoing crackdown on internet freedom.
More commentary below, but here are some top reads:
3. The Rise, Fall and Future of Chinese Money in Silicon Valley - MacroPolo, by yours truly (forgive the 臭美)
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I’m a fellow at The Paulson Institute and write for the think tank’s site MacroPolo. 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

The China Startup Report — The Information
Apple Removes Apps That Allowed China Users to Get Around Filters - WSJ
Why Chinese Lifeblood for VR Could Slow — The Information (paywall)
China’s Didi invests in Taxify, an Uber rival operating in Europe and Africa | TechCrunch
WeWork launches China unit with $500 million funding from Hony, SoftBank | Reuters
China's Fear of Japan-Style Economic Bust Drives Crackdown on Deals, Says Source - Bloomberg
Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to block China deals over North Korea | Reuters
China’s Tough-Talking Theme-Park Mogul Surrenders to Minnie Mouse - WSJ
China Box Office: 'Wolf Warriors II' Makes Fierce Debut | CFI
'Valerian' Losses Hit Investors Hard as China Release Awaits | Hollywood Reporter
Imax China Needs a Different Hero - Bloomberg Gadfly
A Chinese Threat to Australian Openness - The New York Times
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
Gunman opens fire on Chinese consulate in Los Angeles before killing himself | South China Morning Post
Overweight Asian-Americans Are Seen as More ‘American,’ Study Finds - The New York Times
Trump Supports Plan to Cut Legal Immigration by Half - The New York Times
Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions - The New York Times
Culture Corner
The Wonton Don | Goose In My Basket [Official Music Video] - YouTube
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