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Hi there and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Chinafornia Newsletter! Starting this week, I'll
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Matt Sheehan
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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