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November 23 · Issue #1 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Hi there and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Chinafornia Newsletter! Starting this week, I’ll be sending out this weekly digest of the top news+events in the space I like to call Chinafornia – the fluid ecosystem of people, money and ideas bouncing back and forth between the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
The newsletter will be covering a few key areas: Silicon Valley, investment, Hollywood, energy/environment, real estate, education, Chinatowns, and tidbits from inside the beltway. At the bottom of each edition I’ll include two bonuses: Golden Oldie and Culture Corner. The Golden Oldie will be a great Chinafornia article/video from days past, and Culture Corner will be a little slice of Chinese culture that I just dig.
Who am I? I’m Matt Sheehan, former China Correspondent for The Huffington Post & The WorldPost. I grew up in the Bay Area and spent over five years in mainland China. I’m now back in the Bay Area consulting on 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.
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Enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China - The New York Times
China's Tech Unicorns Look Increasingly Cursed - Bloomberg
Apple will 'suffer' if Trump starts trade war, Chinese government-backed media warns
U.S. panel urges ban on China state firms buying U.S. companies| Reuters
Alibaba Executive Issues Warning for President-Elect Trump | Hollywood Reporter
Chinese copper firm buys owner of Hollywood's Voltage, maker of 'The Hurt Locker'| Reuters
Jackie Chan Receives Lifetime Achievement Oscar - China Film Insider
Trump's War on Trade Could Hurt America's Public Universities | The Huffington Post
2014-16 | Leading Places of Origin | International Students | Open Doors Data
‘Is It Safe?’ Foreign Students Consider College in Donald Trump’s U.S. - The New York Times
'Here, I am above average': Chinese 'parachute kids' are coming to the U.S. at younger ages - LA Times
Real Estate
Greenland NYC Project May Have Just Lost $1B in Value | Mingtiandi
U.S. Foreign Investor Program Funding More Luxury Projects - The New York Times
NYU EB-5 Research Database
Local Proposition Results: Tent Ban, Soda Tax Pass, Youth Voting, Public Advocate Fail, And Much, Much More: SFist
Can Chinese Millionaires Save San Francisco's Poorest Neighborhood? | The Huffington Post
Old Chinatown, New Chinatown
The real secret to Asian American success was not education - The Washington Post
The ghosts of Chinatown - Curbed SF
BART janitor grossed $270K in pay and benefits last year
美国大选后现反华言论 中国总领馆提醒留学生注意安全_凤凰资讯
Inside the Beltway
How Trump Is Good for China - The New York Times
A Trump-China Reading List, and Unanswered Questions for his Asia Policy - Lawfare
Jobs and Events
PR Associate_2017 Alibaba Global Leadership Academy
Golden Oldie
Why Are Chinese Millionaires Buying Mansions in an L.A. Suburb? - Bloomberg
Culture Corner
Get After That Paper/票儿吃起走 by Fat Shady aka 谢帝 feat. Ma Siwei by Matt Sheehan | Free Listening on SoundCloud
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