Jack Freifelder

Reporter — China Daily USA

New York City, Greater Chicago Area

Jack Freifelder

My name is Jack Freifelder. I'm a reporter with a penchant for sports. But there's more to life than just box scores, and stepping outside your comfort zone is the only way to really learn about yourself.


Lifting of game-console ban in China offers opportunity

China's decision to lift a ban on the making and selling of videogame consoles by overseas companies could shake up the domestic gaming industry. Under the new rules, both foreign and domestic gaming console makers would be allowed to manufacture and sell their devices anywhere in the country, according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture released last week.

Step right up and meet the Mets

With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to the United States planned for September, Zhang Qiyue, China’s consul general in New York, emphasized how sports have helped bring the two countries together. On July 25 at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, the home of the New York Mets, Zhang and other Chinese community leaders were honored as part of an annual celebration of Chinese culture hosted by the hometown baseball club.
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Potential Micron sale eyed

A reported $23 billion bid by China's Tsinghua Unigroup to buy US chipmaker Micron Technology Inc could have political and business impact, according to experts. As the only US-based maker of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), any foreign takeover of Micron likely would have to pass a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
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Unigroup in reported $23b bid for Micron

Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd, a Chinese state-backed technology conglomerate, is looking to buy US chipmaker Micron Technology Inc for $23 billion. If approved, it would be the largest Chinese takeover of a US company to date. But many analysts believe the plan would face steep regulatory hurdles on both sides.

China Guardian seeks to ensure quality in art-auction business

As the global art auction industry adjusts to an influx of dollars and interest from new buyers around the world, there is an urgent need to ensure quality and consistency in the auction process, said Hu Yanyan, director and president of the China Guardian auction house. "These years, more and more Chinese buyers are choosing to buy collections abroad," Hu said.
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Fewer Chinese seek US grad schools

The number of Chinese students applying to US graduate schools dropped by 2 percent in 2015, the third consecutive year of a decline in applications, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). US graduate schools received 676,484 applications from abroad this year, a 2 percent increase over last year, according to preliminary data from the CGS' annual report released on Tuesday, with two-thirds of the applicants from China or India.
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Yulong Eco-Materials raises $14m in US IPO

Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd has raised $14 million in an initial public offering on the Nasdaq Stock Market in New York. Yulong is a producer of fly-ash bricks and concrete in and around Pingdingshan - a city of nearly 5 million people in Henan province. Trading on Nasdaq under the symbol YECO, the China-based construction waste recycling company sold 2.25 million American depositary shares on June 26.
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Telling history with precious gems

After more than 30 years working as a designer, jewelry and accessories consultant and art historian, Hong Kong native Kai-Yin Lo is still surprised at how fast semiprecious jewelry is catching on. "When I first started there were two categories in jewelry: diamonds and precious stones set in gold or platinum, or the fake stuff," Lo said.
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AIIB could play role in stabilizing region: expert

Some countries naturally are looking to the China-led AIIB for infrastructure help, but the bank could play a role in political stability in the Asia-Pacific region, according to one expert. "The only way to avoid conflict in this region is to further regional economic cooperation, and the AIIB can probably play a positive role in this regard," said He Fan, a senior research fellow at the China Finance 40 Forum.
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Alibaba set for video-streaming launch

Alibaba will launch an online video-streaming service similar to products offered by Netflix and HBO. The move is part of the e-commerce giant's ambitions to build a digital entertainment empire in China, where about a half-billion viewers are eager for new amusement channels.
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California flight school to train Chinese pilots

A partnership between a California-based flight school and a Chinese company looking to find pilots for single-engine aircraft is a growth opportunity for both parties, according to one of the school's executives. "For Channel Islands, this is a business growth opportunity," said Sarah Oberman Bartush, chief marketing officer and flight school manager with Channel Islands Aviation in Camarillo, California.
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Chinese herbs take root in NY

There is little doubt that Chinese herbal medicine - along with acupuncture - is catching on in the US. The increasing numbers of practitioners applying for licenses don't lie. But as with any growing market, the problem becomes supply. When you go shopping for your ginseng, wolfberry or honeylocust, how can you be sure you're getting the good stuff - or even the real thing?
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Jack Freifelder

Sports writing is a passion of mine, but I must admit there's more to life than the box score. If it's a good story, there's got to be a novel way to tell it. To put it bluntly, that's the game we're all in here guys--the business of good storytelling. Whether that means print, video, multimedia, etc., the same premium is placed on engaging, interesting content. The proliferation of different methods of dissemination has not only augmented the ways in which people access stories, but it has also challenged the accepted notion of what qualifies as journalism. That being said the same principles reign supreme: clear, concise writing, well-developed ideas and thorough reporting. Let's bring journalism back to what it used to be.