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This is the twelfth episode in our ongoing Saturday series on eight+ things to read about China and a lot more. We constantly get emails from readers asking what to read on China and all sorts of things related and even barely related to China and this series is intended to constantly and consistently answer these questions.

As we said in our initial post on this, our plan is to list out eight (or so) articles we benefitted from reading and think you our readers would also benefit from reading, along with a very brief explanation as to why the particular article was included. More specifically:

The articles will likely include many on China and on Asia and a few on international trade, international politics, Spain and Latin America, economics and really just anything else we believe might benefit our readers or even that we just want people to read. We do not plan to choose articles that push our or any other political agenda or any other agenda for that matter, but having said that, we are not objective and our views may creep through. Our goal though is to focus on articles that are important or helpful or — most importantly — that make you think. Our posting of an article will NOT mean we agree with all of it or even any of it. Most of the articles will be from the week preceding the post but we will also sometimes throw in older articles (classics if you will) as well.

Please do not hesitate to comment at the end of this or any other post. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your comments, good, bad and indifferent.

Here we go, in absolutely no particular order.

1. Father of twins who died in a hot car gets support from a crowd at court hearing. CNN. Because as a lawyer and a father, I’ve become obsessed with this case. Because my first instinct upon hearing of the case was that the father should never see the light of day but now I believe he should be released. Because the father made a mistake — a horrible mistake — and his life will be ruined whether he is jailed or not. Because there is no evidence (at least as far as I can tell from the media) that he is anything but a decent person and not a killer. Because I once drove to work with my baby daughter in a car seat in the back seat of my car. She fell asleep and because I pretty much never took her to work, I forgot about her and I left her in the car in an indoor parking lot. I got up to my office and our receptionist asked where she was because I had said I would be bringing her. I just about fainted and I immediately ran back to the car where she had been contently sleeping for the last 5 or so minutes(that felt like hours). I tell this story as often as I can because I believe I was lucky and that this sort of thing can happen to anyone. Because most of the time when I tell this story I hear stories from great people/great parents who went grocery shopping with their forgotten kid sleeping in the car or dropped off one kid at elementary school and then went home and left their baby sleeping in the car until the spouse called and asked “how things were going” or went out to lunch with a law school classmate while their kid was sleeping upstairs. I could go on and on. There are three super important morals to this. One, forgiveness is sometimes more appropriate than punishment. Two, be careful of judging unless you truly know. And three, do not believe this same thing could not happen to you and do whatever you can by way of reminders, etc., to make sure it does not.

2. Mustachioed puppy goes viral, named for resemblance to Salvador Dali. Fox. Because this puppy (now named Salvador Dolly) does bear an uncanny resemblance to Salvador Dali.

3. Four big Chinese films have been pulled in a month with barely an explanation. CNN. Because this is how you quickly decimate a movie industry.

4. Woman who urinated on potatoes at Walmart turns self in. BoingBoing. Because who pees on potatoes? At Walmart or anywhere else?

5. Car mechanic shifts gears, becomes a doctor at age 47 and helps address shortage of black doctorsCleveland Plain Dealer.  Because for every person who pees on potatoes, there is at least one person like this. Thankfully.

6. How Turkey Purged Its Intellectuals. New York Times. Because I am fascinated by countries that stupidly eat their own. Because I lived in Istanbul for a year and loved it. Because Turkey — like so many countries — always seems to be on the precipice of greatness and failure.

7. The invisible China threat: University intellectual property. The Hill. Because there is openness and diversity and globalization on the one hand and because there is IP theft on the other hand.

8. US companies are increasingly interested in China’s big import event despite trade war. CNBC. Because while the international manufacturing lawyers at my firm are always screaming for foreign companies to move their manufacturing out of China (see How to Stop Manufacturing in China: Try Harder) our China lawyers are always screaming for foreign companies to do more business with China (see Why NOW Is a Good Time to Double Down on Doing Business in China).  

9. China’s Great Leap Backward. Atlantic.  Because this article totally nails it, even though it is from 2016. Because it was written by James Fallows, who pretty much always nails it.

10. Is Now The Time To Start Selling on Alibaba? Inc. Because foreign companies should be selling on Alibaba and now that it has gotten even easier, ikt is past time.

11. Ensuring the Chicago Race Riot Is Not Forgotten, With Inspiration from Germany’s Holocaust MemorialsTime. Because those who ignore history are doomed to. . . .

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Photo of Dan Harris Dan Harris

Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.