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

Follow


2012

PDF

Book Review: The Gender of Memory, Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Changsha: Photographs by Rian Dundon, Rian Dundon

PDF

Behind Bo Xilai’s Halo, Xujun Eberlein

PDF

How Chongqing People View Bo Xilai, Xujun Eberlein

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Literacy and Development within China’s Minorities, Alexandra Grey

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Book Review: Developmental Fairy Tales, Nicole Kwoh

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Book Review: China and Orientalism, Fabio Lanza

PDF

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

PDF

Republican China, Kate Merkel-Hess

PDF

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

PDF

Excerpt: Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, James Palmer

PDF

Ai in Mumbai, Reshma Patil

PDF

Letter from Little Lhasa, Reshma Patil

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Book Review: Superstitious Regimes by Rebecca Nedostup, Stefania Travagnin

PDF

Celebrating Chunjie in Old Nanjing, Sarah Tynen

PDF

Hong Kong Identity and Democratic Values, Sebastian Veg

PDF

The Taiwan Elections in Historical Perspective, Sebastian Veg

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

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

2011

PDF

A Quick Q & A with Kim Rathcke Jensen: A Beijing-Based Danish Journalist

PDF

Bay Area Readers: See Datong: The Great Society

PDF

Book Review: Embattled Glory

PDF

China Beat Birthday: Now We Are Three

PDF

China Beat Event: “Nationalism and Religion in Twentieth- Century Asia,” Friday 4/22

PDF

China Beat On Break

PDF

China Beat on Break

PDF

China Events in Southern California, February 8-22

PDF

More to Come, But for Now …

PDF

New Issue of Twentieth-Century China Available

PDF

(Not Quite) Frivolous Friday: High Tea and the Opium War

PDF

Obama, the Dalai Lama, and US-China Relations: The Current State of Affairs

PDF

Ode to the Communist Song Revisited

PDF

On Chinese Mothering and Amy Chua

PDF

Reading Round-Up, 1/11/11

PDF

Reading Round-Up, 2/20/11

PDF

Reading Round-Up, 2/27/2011

PDF

Reading Round-Up: February 8, 2011

PDF

Reading Round-Up: Richard McGregor’s The Party

PDF

The Man in the Picture

PDF

Upcoming Events

PDF

The Red Legacy, Alec Ash

PDF

Not Drowning but Waving?, Tom Bannister

PDF

A View on Ai Weiwei’s Exit, Geremie R. Barme

PDF

Screening Tiananmen, Chris Berry

PDF

Chinese Tour Groups in Europe, Chinese Tour Groups in Yunnan: Narrating a Nation in the World, Tami Blumenfield

PDF

Swearing down the Law – A Debate, Jerome Bourgon and Paul R. Katz

PDF

Swearing down the Law – A Debate (continued), Jerome Bourgon and Paul R. Katz

PDF

We Chinese, M. Scott Brauer

PDF

When Things Go Wrong: Village Elections as a Process Creating Contention, Kerry Brown

PDF

Harbin’s Past, Modern Style, James Carter

PDF

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

PDF

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

PDF

Obama Should Buy Hu a Burger, Yong Chen

PDF

Factories without Smoke, Chris Cherry

PDF

Factories without Smoke: Wang Jia Yi and Gao Tian Ci, Chris Cherry

PDF

Frivolous Friday: In Praise of Jianbing 煎饼, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

PDF

New Media and Old Dilemmas: Online Protest and Cyber Repression in Asia Panel Report, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

PDF

Q&A: Yi-Li Wu, Author of Reproducing Women, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

PDF

Reader Responses: Celebrating Jianbing, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

PDF

Reading Round-Up: Reactions to the Wenzhou Train Crash, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham

PDF

Book Review: A Critical Introduction to Mao, Brian J. DeMare

PDF

Memories of Hyperdevelopment: Chongqing Trip Report, Jacob Dreyer

PDF

Liminal City, Rian Dundon

PDF

Havel, China and Africa, Howard W. French

PDF

How China Says No: Thoughts on Being Blacklisted by China, Dru C. Gladney

PDF

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

PDF

On the Joys of Online Book Shopping, Maggie Greene

PDF

China’s Empty Apartments, Michael Gsovski

PDF

China’s Empty Apartments, Michael Gsovski

PDF

Beijing Subway’s “Great Leap Forward” Provokes Resistance, Jared Hall

PDF

“How Can We Hope to Make a Living if Our Roots are Cut?”: Track-laying, Modernization, and People’s Livelihood in Republican Beijing, Jared Hall

PDF

Review: Consent of the Networked, Anne Henochowicz

PDF

The PRC and PR: Baffling Messages in Times Square?, Christopher C. Heselton

PDF

Dalian’s Past, Dalian’s Present, Part 3, Christian Hess

PDF

Book Review: Gourmets in the Land of Famine, Emily Hill

PDF

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

PDF

Excerpt: The Tree That Bleeds: A Uighur Town on the Edge, Nick Holdstock

PDF

Understanding China, Ron Javers

PDF

Ai Weiwei and Qingming, Lionel M. Jensen

PDF

Ai Weiwei and the “Age of Madness”: Day Five and Counting, Lionel M. Jensen

PDF

Pre-Summit Positioning, Scott Kennedy

PDF

Dalian’s Past, Dalian’s Present, Part 2, Miriam Kingsberg

PDF

The Internet and China’s Response to the Japan Earthquake, Daniel Knorr

PDF

From the Group Comes the Nation: China’s First Mass Political Organization, the Baohuanghui, Jane Leung Larson

PDF

Your Discourse or Mine?, Silvia Lindtner

PDF

Facebook and the People in the Iron House: 非死不可?, James A. Millard

PDF

Hu Jintao’s “Concession” on Human Rights, Alice Miller