Launched in early 2008, The China Beat provides context and criticism on contemporary China from China scholars and journalists. Based around a group of active contributors at the University of California, Irvine, including co-founders Kenneth Pomeranz and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, the blog draws on a global group of China watchers in the U.S., China, the U.K., Australia, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, and many other locations.

The China Beat has received praise and notice in many locations, including the New York Times‘ “Paper Cuts” blog, Far Eastern Economic Review, Shanghai City Weekend, and The Beijinger. Writers who follow China issues, like James Fallows and Andrew Leonard, have recommended China Beat to their readers.

In July 2012, The China Beat registered its 1,000th and final post. It is archived here by request of the creators, Maura Cunningham, Kate Merkel-Hess, Ken Pomeranz, and Jeff Wasserstrom.

China Beat continues on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chinabeat

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2012

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Book Review: The Gender of Memory, Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

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The First Asian Man: The Story Behind the Jeremy Lin Story, Yong Chen

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Book Review: A Passion for Facts by Tong Lam, Maggie Clinton

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All Good Things Must Come to an End: China Beat’s 1,000th Post, Maura Cunningham, Kate Merkel-Hess, Ken Pomeranz, and Jeff Wasserstrom

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Salvaging Memories from the Ruins of the Three Gorges, Daisy Yan Du

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Changsha: Photographs by Rian Dundon, Rian Dundon

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Behind Bo Xilai’s Halo, Xujun Eberlein

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How Chongqing People View Bo Xilai, Xujun Eberlein

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Book Review: Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke, Mike Frick

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A Flourishing Profession: Reflections on a Career in Asian Studies, Charlotte Furth

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Literacy and Development within China’s Minorities, Alexandra Grey

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“Unwavering Public Support” Not Quite So Easy to Find These Days, Duncan Hewitt

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Whither the "Year of China"?, Denise Ho and Jared Flanery

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Book Review: Developmental Fairy Tales, Nicole Kwoh

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Book Review: Keeping the Nation’s House, Elizabeth LaCouture

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Book Review: Chiang Kai-shek’s Interpersonal Relationships: Perspectives Across the Strait, Sherman Lai

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Book Review: China and Orientalism, Fabio Lanza

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Digital Chinese Whispers: Death Threats and Rumors Inside China’s Online Marketplace of Ideas, James Leibold

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Republican China, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Rural Return: Xi Jinping’s Iowa Visit, Kate Merkel-Hess

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Excerpt: Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, James Palmer

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Ai in Mumbai, Reshma Patil

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Letter from Little Lhasa, Reshma Patil

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Excerpt: Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, Stephen R. Platt

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Book Review: Modern China’s Network Revolution, Brett Sheehan

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Book Review: Superstitious Regimes by Rebecca Nedostup, Stefania Travagnin

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Celebrating Chunjie in Old Nanjing, Sarah Tynen

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Hong Kong Identity and Democratic Values, Sebastian Veg

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The Taiwan Elections in Historical Perspective, Sebastian Veg

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A Q&A with Janet Chen, Author of Guilty of Indigence, Jeff Wasserstrom

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Chinese Youth: A Quick Q and A with Mary Bergstrom, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Book Review: Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune, David Webster

2011

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Bow Before the Portrait: Sino-North Korean Relations Enter the Kim Jong Un Era, Adam Cathcart

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Soft Power Struggle: Ai Weiwei and the Limits of Sino-German Cultural Cooperation, Adam Cathcart

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Liminal City, Rian Dundon

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Havel, China and Africa, Howard W. French

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Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: Promoting creative industries while maintaining political control, Thomas Glucksmann-Smith

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Review: Consent of the Networked, Anne Henochowicz

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Passport to the World: Chinese Students at the University of Kentucky, Denise Ho and Jared Flanery

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Book Review: Fractured Rebellion, Amy O'Keefe

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Book Review: Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing, Ling Shiao

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Straight Out of Wukan: A Quick Q & A with Journalist Rachel Beitare, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

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Late Qing Dreams of Modernity, Peter Zarrow

2010

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An Image

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An Interview with Deanna Fei, Author of A Thread of Sky

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Anthologize: A New Tool for Bloggers

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A Q-and-A with Scott Tong of Marketplace

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Before We Go: Vacation Reading Suggestions

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Book Talk(s)

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China Lectures, Both Online and In Person

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Cross Talk

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Dancing is my hobby

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Event Reminder: China Dialogue at UC Irvine, 4/23

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Expo Readings Around the Web

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Frivolous Friday: The Red Army Learns to “Just Beat It”

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Google Bus

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Hu Jingcao on Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin

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Just One Child Wins Post-1900 Levenson Prize

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Listen at Home to Peter Hessler and Ken Pomeranz

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New on the Web: The China Tracker

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New Release: Heart of Buddha, Heart of China

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Panic Room

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Qinghai Earthquake Readings

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Qinghai Earthquake Stories in Translation

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Reading Round-Up: 2/12/10

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Reading Round-Up, 8/2/2010

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Reading Round-Up: China in the World

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Reading Round-Up: China Now the World’s Second-Largest Economy

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Reading Round-Up, December 17

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Robert Barnett on the Qinghai Earthquake

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Shanghai’s Expo: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Sneak Peek: The Urbanatomy Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010

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Socialist Cosmopolitanism: China Beat Event

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Spinning and Scratching

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Though I Am Gone

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Upcoming Event: Ying Zhu on Google and China

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Updates on the Qinghai Earthquake

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Where’s Haibao? Help us find him!

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Writing About a Fast-Changing China

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Writing About a Fast-Changing China

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Year in Review: Books, Books, Books

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A Conversation on “Confucius” with Daniel A. Bell, Alec Ash

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Reflections on the Qinghai Earthquake, Nicole Barnes

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Coming Distractions: China Watcher, Richard Baum

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Missing Footage at the AAS, Timothy Cheek

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Coming Distractions: Country Driving, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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In Case You Missed It: Chop Suey, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

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证婚人: A Memoir, Jacob Dreyer

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In Case You Missed Them: Books by Martin Jacques and Yasheng Huang, Howard French

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“We are not Machines:” Teen Spirit on China’s Shopfloor, Mary E. Gallagher

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An Interview with Chinese Underground Rock Musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou, Tim Hathaway

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In Case You Missed It: China Dream, Christopher R. Hughes

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Religion and Manifestations of Chinese Modernity, Paul Katz

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Sodden Anniversary, Paul Katz

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Making a Difference, Paul R. Katz

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One Hundred Years of Controversy, Paul R. Katz

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Asia, Faraway or Next Door?, Samuel Y. Liang

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Re-reading Chalmers Johnson, Daniel Little

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Hong Kong’s Glass Ceiling, Reenita Malhotra

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How One Family Created Chinese America, Angilee Shah